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The 10 Best Movie Quotes About Advertising

doritoMillions of people watch the Superbowl to see the best football teams compete.  Even more watch to see ad companies duke it out to be ranked #1 on various Top Ten Superbowl Commercials lists.  The movies have not been kind to advertisements, portraying them as manipulative devices that flaunt and fuel our consumer-centric society.  Here are the best ten film quotes about advertising that you won't want to fast forward through.

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“In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration.”
North By Northwest (1959) – Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) 
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“Miss Stellwagon says advertising makes people who can't afford it buy things they don't want with money they haven't got.”
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) – Joan Blandings (Sharyn Moffett) 
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“You know what the sadder version is?  The people who commercialize fear.  You know, they scare you to death so they can sell you something you don’t need.”
You Can’t Take It With You (1938) – Alice Sycamore (Jean Arthur) 
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“As we speak, consumers everywhere need reminding of just how fat and unattractive they are.”
Roger Dodger (2002) – Roger (Campbell Scott) 
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“And what are children after all, but consumer trainees?”
Child’s Play 3 (1991) – Mr. Sullivan (Peter Haskell) 
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“People want to back a winner. They need to feel a part of something bigger than they are. They used to advertise the quality of a product - tastes great, whitens your teeth, shaves close, rides like a dream.  Now what do they push - America's number one soft drink, best-selling mid-sized utility vehicle. It isn't ‘buy the product’.  It's ‘join the club’.  You make people feel part of a winner, they'll follow you anywhere.”
Silver City (2004) – Wes Benteen (Kris Kristofferson) 
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“Corporations don't advertise products particularly - they're advertising a way of life, a way of thinking, a story of who we are as people and how we got here and what's the source of our so-called liberty and so-called freedom.”
The Corporation (2003) – Richard Grossman (himself) 
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“I know what I'm talking about, all right. I know you better than you know yourself. I can see right into you because I made you. I dressed you. You reek of every billboard, every magazine cover, every commercial I put out over the last two years. You're a perfect demographic fit. You know, mid-teen, male, upper-middle income, bored, hip-hop listening, underage drinking, pathologically masturbating little consumer.”
Treed Murray (2001) – Murray (David Hewlett) 
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“Brad, for 14 years I've been a whore for the advertising industry. The only way I could save myself now is if I start firebombing.”
American Beauty (1999) – Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) 
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“I love it when you talk like a beer commercial.”
All of Me (1984) – Terry Hoskins (Victoria Tennant)
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