The 1980 Mean Joe Greene Coke Commercial is one of the most iconic commercials in America, so it's not a surprise that folks keep trying to emulate it and parody it. This year it's Downy, who brings in Amy Sedaris of all people to play the boy who offers Mean Joe Greene some Downy Unstoppables. It's basically the same ad, except for a slightly different ending...and a whole lot more funky Amy Sedaris faces.
The ads a winner because it covers every base. It's got the nostalgia factor, reenacting one of the most famous football commercials of all time. Sedaris pulls in "the kids" or whatever demographic is said to be fans of Sedaris. And there's a body function joke, the core of any good Super Bowl commercial. If they could have somehow worked in a fart or a guy getting kicked in the groin, it might have been an all-time great.
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