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Honest Movie Posters are a series of parody advertisements created by replacing the title and sometimes tagline of a movie with a satirical commentary.
On March 23rd, 2011, Cracked posted an image gallery titled, “If Movie Posters Were Honest.” The post featured Photoshopped parodies of posters for popular films, such as Jurassic Park, The Never Ending Story and Tron, many with their titles altered to highlight certain criticisms or disappointments surroudning the films, similar to the What I Watched, What I Expected, What I Got image macro series, while others had custom taglines poking fun at their premises in a nutshell. As of January 2014, the post has gained over 2.4 million views.
On February 24th, 2012, College Humor posted a gallery titled “Honest Movie Titles: Oscars 2012”, featuring honest movie posters for the Oscar nominees. In June 2012, humor site TheFW published a post titled “9 ‘Honest’ Disney Movies”, highlighting a series of honest movie posters of classic Disney animated films.
On December 23rd, 2013, fandom site Hypable presented its own collection of honest movie posters titled “If Our Favorite Movies From 2013 Had Honest Posters.” On January 10th, 2013, College Humor gave the Oscar nominated-films the honest movie poster treatment, and again for the 2014 nominees on January 14th, 2014. The 2014 Oscars-edition were covered by multiple websites such as Business Insider, The Huffington Post, and The Mary Sue.
Business Insider- Honest Movie Posters For Oscar Nominated Films Of 2014
The Huffington Post- What Best Picture Nominees Should Really Be Titled, If Hollywood Was ‘Honest’
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