POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
|POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Morgan Spurlock|
|Produced by||Jeremy Chilnick
|Written by||Jeremy Chilnick
|Music by||Jon Spurney|
|Edited by||Thomas M. Vogt|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Classics
Stage 6 Films
|Box office||$700,000 approx. (USA) (28 August 2011)|
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is a 2011 documentary film about product placement, marketing and advertising directed by Morgan Spurlock. The premise behind the production is that the documentary itself would be entirely paid for by sponsors, thus being a form of metafilm. The film's slogan is "He's not selling out, he's buying in."
People appearing in the film
Besides a great number of sponsoring and non-sponsoring corporate figures appearing in the film, others include:
- J. J. Abrams, filmmaker
- Peter Bemis of Bemis/Balkind
- Peter Berg, filmmaker
- Big Boi from Outkast
- Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Bob Garfield, co-host on On the Media
- Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Britt Johnson of mediaplacement
- Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino of Matt & Kim
- Beth Jones, Ban Brand Manager at Kao Brands Company
- Gilberto Kassab, mayor of São Paulo, Brazil
- Jimmy Kimmel and a "live" show of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
- Richard Kirshenbaum of Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners
- Jon Bond of Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners
- Damian Kulash of OK Go
- Rick Kurnit, a lawyer specializing in advertising law
- Michael Levine of Levine Communications Office,Inc.
- Martin Lindstrom of Buyology Inc.
- Susan Linn, Author of Consuming Kids
- Mark Crispin Miller
- Regina Monteiro, Director of Urban Planning, City of São Paulo, Brazil
- Ralph Nader, consumer advocate
- Brett Ratner, film director and producer
- L.A. Reid, music producer formerly of Island Def Jam Music
- Lynda Resnick, Owner/CEO of POM Wonderful
- Tony Seiniger of Seiniger Advertising
- Stan Sheetz of Sheetz, Inc
- Ben Silverman of Electus and formerly of NBC Entertainment
- Brian Steinberg, TV Editor of Advertising Age
- Quentin Tarantino, screenwriter/director
- Donald Trump
- Matt Tupper of POM Wonderful
- David Art Wales of Ministry of Culture marketing consultancy
- Robert Weissman of Public Citizen
- Faris Yakob of kbs+p
- Lindsay Zaltman of Olson Zaltman Associates
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. In the United States, the film had a limited release, opening on April 22, 2011 in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin, Texas. The film opened the 2011 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on April 28, 2011.
The film received 73% positive reviews from film critic on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 6.3 out of 10. On Metacritic, the film received a score of 66 out of 100.
Stephen Holden called the film "even more amusing than Super Size Me", pointing out that "more than once the movie shows Mr. Spurlock, armed with clever storyboards, selling his ideas with an enthusiasm and skill that would put Don Draper of Mad Men to shame."
Spurlock signed non-disparagement clauses with most of the companies showcased in his film but retained final cut. Pom Wonderful agreed to pay one million dollars for above-the-title billing ("POM Wonderful Presents"), though the full amount was contingent on the film grossing $10 million at the box office, selling a half-million downloads and DVDs, and generating 600 million media impressions. As of 26 August 2011, the film had an estimated gross of approximately US$638,476.
Mane 'n Tail is featured prominently in the film, but the film's end titles disclose that they did not pay for the promotion. Instead, Mane 'n Tail provided free products to be used in the production of the film. Many other brands only provided products or contributed to the promotion of the movie.
For 60 days, beginning April 27, 2011, the city of Altoona, Pennsylvania (home of Sheetz, one of the movie's major sponsors) officially changed its name to "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Pennsylvania" to help Spurlock promote the film, and received $25,000 for doing so.
Other sponsors include:
Spurlock used Brooklyn dance-punk duo Matt and Kim's music as the movie soundtrack and their song "Cameras" from the album Sidewalks for the opening credits. Band members Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are also interviewed in the film.
The film's theme song is called "The Greatest Song I Ever Heard" by the rock band OK Go. The song was made available for download on 1 April 2011. OK Go performed the song at the film's premiere and at promotions for the film. They also appeared live on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson performing the song.[episode needed]
A soundtrack album was released to digital music stores on April 26, 2011, and on CD August 23, 2011.
|The Greatest Soundtrack Ever Sold|
|1.||"CameraBuggin'"||Big Boi vs. Matt & Kim||3:33|
|2.||"The Greatest Song I Ever Heard"||OK Go||3:57|
|3.||"I'll Never Love Again"||Taio Cruz||3:49|
|5.||"Cameras"||Matt & Kim||3:33|
|7.||"Greatest Spurlock Spoken Word (You Ever Heard)"||Spurlock and his People||2:50|
|8.||"Brand Search"||Jonathan Spurney||3:14|
|9.||"Cha Cha Cha"||Eric V. Hachikian||3:01|
|10.||"Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: In the Hall of the Mountain King"||Alexander Gibson & The London Festival Orchestra||2:15|
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- Carr, David (April 15, 2011). "Financing the Hand That Slaps (or Nibbles) You". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
- The Greatest Movie Ever Sold on IMDb
- "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
- "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold". Metacritic. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
- POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Greatest-Movie-Ever-Sold
- The Greatest Movie Ever Sold http://www.boxoffice.com/statistics/movies/pom-wonderfuls-greatest-movie-ever-sold-2011
- Ozanich, David (April 19, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Spurlock Talks POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold". MovieWeb.
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- "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold media kit" (PDF). Sony Pictures Classics. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
- "This headline is brought to you by Morgan Spurlock". The Independent. April 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
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