Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.
To be 100 percent accurate, the full title of director Morgan Spurlock's latest film is POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD, a film that was fully financed through product placement from various brands, all of which are integrated transparently into the film. Well, if you're going to sell out, you might as well go whole hog, I guess. In truth, Spurlock both explores and exploits the phenomenon of corporate product placement with his usual brand of humor that made films like SUPER SIZE ME and WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN, his fantastic TV show "30 Days," and his great TV doc celebrating the 20th anniversary of "The Simpsons."
Not only do I have a limited number of reserved seats to an upcoming screening of POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD for Chicago-area AICN reader, but Morgan Spurlock himself will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A. The event takes place Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30pm at a movie theater in downtown Chicago (the exact location will only be given to the winners). If you've never heard him speak in public, you're in for a real treat. I remember being in the audience for a screening of SUPER SIZE ME in 2004, and he was so great at filling in the blanks and telling great stories about making the film. Here's how to win:
Send me an email at GreatestMovieChicago@aintitcoolmail.com (please note the new email address) with the subject line "SELL OUT!". In the body of the email, I need your Name, whether or not you're bringing a Guest (guests' names are not required), and the answer to the following question (read carefully): "What is your favorite blatant example of product placement in a movie you actually like?" Keep your responses BRIEF--limit it to 75 words (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). People with the most interesting and original answers win, and will hear from me over the weekend.
Although this is not an exclusive AICN event and the screening is overbooked to make sure there is a full house for our guest, AICN winners will have reserved seats that will be released 15 minutes before showtime. If you can't arrive at least 15 early, don't enter this contest. If there's even the slightest chance you or your guest will have to back out of attending if you do win, don't enter. If you have a job that might make you late or unable to attend, or an ill/pregnant relative, or a temperamental significant other, or a scratchy throat, do not enter.
Anyone not showing up without informing me 24 hours ahead of time so I can fill their seats runs the risk of being no longer eligible for future screening contests.
Good luck, everyone! And thanks to Sony Pictures Classics (and I guess Pom Wonderful) for letting us have these seats and bringing Morgan Spurlock to Chicago once again.
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