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Team Detroit Celebrates the ‘Most Distracted Time of the Year’ for Ford

Team Detroit is launching a holiday campaign promoting the 2015 Ford Fusion, entitled “It’s the Most Distracted Time of the Year” in a play on a certain popular holiday song (which, of course, is used as the soundtrack for each of the ads).

As you may have guessed, the campaign focuses on a variety of distracted drivers before touting the safety features of the Ford Fusion. In “Miss Multi-Task,” for example, we see a chronic multi-tasker carry a slew of gifts and desserts while talking on the phone. She then gets in her car (while still on the phone), prepared to drive off, oblivious to the cookies she left on the car’s roof. “There are a lot of naughty drivers out there,” says the voiceover as a list of the vehicle’s safety features appear onscreen, “Steer clear of them, with help from the 2015 Ford Fusion.”

“Miss Multi-Task” is the most realistic of the three scenarios presented in the spots, with “Icy Mad Man” and “Frazzled Father” stretching believability a bit with a man who attempts to see out of a completely iced over car by clearing only a very small circle for visibility and a father who completely blocks his view with the family Christmas tree. These over-the-top antics detract from the message, but the real problem with the campaign is how forgettable it is. There are a slew of automakers touting safety features in various ways (see Hyundai’s “Exobaby” for the most ridiculous of these) and Team Detroit doesn’t do much to differentiate the Ford Fusion here. Read more

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James Franco Multitasks, Is a Condescending Prick About it For the Samsung Galaxy Note

Not since Spider-Man 3 has James Franco come off as so unlikable (Kiran tells me he was the exact opposite in Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Generally, having a celeb brag about his accomplishments without a hint of irony doesn’t exactly go over too well in advertising.

We get it: Franco has a beautiful house, is able to make tons of money from a variety of sources, has four attractive young women hanging out in his house at all times, and can tell mathematicians they’re wrong and buy their love by giving them blazers. But, does he have to be such a conceited ass about it? Is agency Cheil USA trying to market the Samsung Galaxy Note to the annoying pretentious crowd? Sure, I guess an iPad will make you look like a conformist, albeit a hip one. But, is saying the Samsung Galaxy Note will turn you into a smug celeb that much more of a draw?

The thing is, even when Franco is called upon to play a prick, he has the talent to do so without sacrificing his charm and remaining tongue-in-cheek (see teen rom-com Whatever it Takes for proof). I don’t know if it’s the writing or what, but this spot just makes want to punch him in his pretty little face. Of course, that’s how I react to most people who talk incessantly about their ability to multitask. Credits after the jump.

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