Red-and-White Comedy Poster
We've all seen them. The posters featuring the unlucky Average Joe protagonist, usually in a compromising position, set against a white background. The title will be written in big, bold red letters, almost always in the Futura or Impact font
Used frequently for adult comedies, although it is becoming increasingly more popular for movies aimed at children as well, sometimes making it difficult to determine the movie's target age group
Such a poster is generally an indicator that the film will be a Guilty Pleasure
at best and So Bad It's Horrible
A somewhat classier version exists for romantic comedies aimed at a female audience. They share the white background and the unlucky protagonist(s), but the title font is usually Times New Roman, Helvetica Thin or something similar.
Use of this format seems to have declined since the late Noughties, and it may be on the way to becoming a Discredited Trope
, thanks to some notable offenders that use this style tainting the audience's expectations.
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