4

Super Bowl XLV Commercials: The 5 Best and 5 Worst

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

From Audi to Groupon, yesterday's Super Bowl Commercials ran the gamut. There was less blatant sexism than previous years, and a lot more CGI, and a few commercials sure to have people talking either due to their shock value or outright offensiveness. Below, the five best and five worst of the lot.

First, the best:

5. Volkswagen's "Black Beetle"

Volkswagen wins for coolest CGI.

4. Audi's "Release The Hounds"

Audi's take on white-collar criminals was almost cinematic in its detail. If you blinked you missed half the jokes. And Kenny G cameoed.

3. Coca-Cola's "Border"

In keeping with Coke's Super Bowl themes of yore, this one was simple, subtle and sweet.

2. Volkswagen's "The Force"

The perfect crowd-pleaser. Cute little kid, nerdiness and evil. Something for everyone. Love it.

1. Chrysler's "Imported From Detroit"

Quite simply, beautifully shot. It almost looks like a CVB ad for Detroit. But... wonder how much of taxpayers' money went into shooting it?

Odd that most of the good commercials were for car companies. CarMax's "Kid In A Candy Store" just barely skipped the list but it was fast, funny and fun as well. And it seemed like the ads got worse after halftime. Guess the advertisers figure people are too drunk to care by then?

Now, the worst:

5. Doritos "Pug Attack"

Putting a dog in your commercial (even a pug) does not automatically make it a "win." Doritos phoned this one in.

4. Pepsi Max's "First Date"

Gender stereotypes are

hilarious!

3. Sony, "Android Is Ready To Play"

The Human Centipede

meets Centipede the video game? Gross.

2. Go Daddy's "The New GoDaddy.co Girl"

It's JOAN RIVERS. See, it's a surprise you see because old women aren't supposed to be attractive. GEDDIT? I am embarrassed for Danica Patrick and Jillian Michaels.

1. Groupon's "Tibet"

WOW. Overwhelmingly offensive. You think Timothy Hutton's career is ruined?

What commercials did you think were the best or worst? Leave your answers in the comments.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.