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So you're leaning back in your comfy theater chair, next to your significant other, munching on overpriced lobby snacks, when the previews come on. The first opens with some dramatic In a World... narration about the Earth That Was...but wait a minute. That music sure sounds familiar. "Requiem for a Tower", again? The next trailer is for some run-of-the-mill PG-rated Eddie Murphy Toilet Humor kiddy comedy. It's "I Feel Good" by James Brown! Again!

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This is a common movie trailer trope. Simply put, many editors of trailers find it easy to use famous songs to elicit a specific mood within a two- or three-minute duration.

See also Standard Snippet. Recycled Trailer Music is a close sister trope, but for film scores instead of songs.


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