Movie trailers — too many, too much information, or the best part of the show?

Posted on May 11, 2008 at 10:29 pm

In honor of Mother’s Day, my wonderful husband took me to…a movie (yes, my request). It was preceded by six trailers. That was fine with me — I love to see what’s coming. But many people don’t like them. They think that they give away too much or that it’s like paying to watch commercials. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has a new survey on movie trailers.
I’ll be posting my favorite new trailer on the site later this week.

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3 Replies to “Movie trailers — too many, too much information, or the best part of the show?”

  1. I enjoy a few previews, but I wish theaters would be more selective about which to show prior to family-oriented movies. I remember cringing at the puddles of blood in a preview for a thriller, shown prior to a movie that was age-appropriate for my six-year-old daughter. If that ever happens again I’m going to pretend I dropped my keys under the seat and ask for her help in finding them. At the time I didn’t have enough presence of mind, I just told her not to look.
    The previews are part of the movie-going experience, but the shameless advertisements really irritate me. My husband and I boo when one comes on, but more importantly, we vote with our dollars and usually patronize the two local independent cinemas that refuse to show commercials.

  2. Laura, the National Association of Theater Owners has very strict rules about which trailers can be shown before movies for children. If you ever see an inappropriate trailer again, please let me know or contact John Fithian, National Association of Theater Owners, P.O. Box 77318, Washington D.C. 20013-7318

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