15 Movie Poster Trends That Really Need To Die

15. Romance Movies Box In Their Main Characters


Where might you see this? Posters for films like He's Just Not That Into You, Valentines Day, Mother's Day, About Last Night, Playing For Keeps...

Marketing a film about several romantic entanglements sounds easy at first, but if you were faced with the challenge yourself it's probably quite difficult when crunch time approaches. With half a dozen varied relationships taking part in a film, some of which don't ever intersect with one another at all, presenting the leads cohesively might become a bit of a task and a half.

But with romantic comedy/dramas (the biggest offenders are Garry Marshall ensembles), the posters seem to carry the same formula of inserting single-faced profile pictures of their leads lining the top and bottom of the frame like surveillance mug shots from an episode of The Wire.

It's comically bad to see on the poster; as most of the character pictures aren't even professional photography, but appear to be enhanced screen grabs from the movie itself. A better option would be for each couple to take photos like they're in a photo booth.

At least that way it doesn't look like guerrilla style photography spliced together to create a creepy collage dedicated to celebrity couples.

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