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Saturday, April 05, 2008
Truth in Advertising

Here's a screen grab from a commercial for the current #1 movie, "21", about the MIT students who won a lot at blackjack.

The voice-over confirms it: "Entertainment Weekly raves: 'A Card-Sharp Thriller!' "

That's true. The review is even fairly positive. But as you'd see at the link, "Card-Sharp Thriller" is -- obviously -- a purely descriptive term, like "War Movie!" Nevertheless, with the word "sharp" in there, it sure sounds like a compliment, doesn't it?

Related: Even the book that the movie is a blurry copy of isn't mostly true.

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