I think a commercial is truly funny if all five members of my family laugh. And during this year’s Super Bowl, everyone giggled at a few choice ads; from my husband, to my 2-year-old.
The ad that inspired the most amusement was definitely Kevin Hart’s Hyundai spot, which followed the funnyman as he followed his daughter and her first date out to the movies, and a carnival. In fact, according to USA TODAY’s Ad Meter, this ad was the best of the night.
The premise is basically that Hart allows his daughter’s date to drive his Hyundai, which he then tracks via a Smartwatch car finder app. The best moment during the commercial, at least according to my kids, was when the date sees Hart hanging off a helicopter ladder, attempting to interrupt a kiss. I’ll tell you one thing: with three daughters, my husband was definitely taking notes!
Runner up for the funniest Super Bowl commercial has to go to the Doritos ultrasound spot. In the commercial, we see a woman during her scan, getting annoyed at her husband for snacking loudly at their appointment. Then we see the baby basically trying to break out of mommy’s belly to grab a chip, as dad teases him with a delicious, spicy, crunchy Dorito. Mom grabs the chip, and hurls it across the exam room. Uh oh; baby’s trying to follow it… out.
Honorable mention is definitely the Heinz commercial with dachshunds dressed as hot dogs running across an open field toward their mustard and ketchup “families.” My daughters were laughing hysterically as a pack of dogs (get it?) raced through the tall grass, ears flying, and we didn’t even know where they were going yet. It turns out their destination is a family dressed as condiments; including a little boy wearing a ketchup packet suit. Too cute.
Another commercial my husband and I enjoyed, but that my daughters thankfully didn’t understand, was about Super Bowl babies. It seems couples have gotten frisky after their teams won in past years, and the babies they made that night are showcased in the ad. From grown children, to toddlers, we get a chance to “meet” a bunch of the kids who might not have been born without a win.
Finally, the ad that pulled at our heartstrings this year was for Pantene, and it showcased the “dad ‘do.” NFL players from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ DeAngelo Williams, to the Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Witten attempt to do their daughters’ hair, and the results are both funny, and adorable. I think this ad struck a chord with our family most since we have three little girls, and we understand the special bond between a dad and his daughter…. As does Kevin Hart, it seems.
And so, in the end, the theme that clearly prevailed in Super Bowl 50 commercials was dads loving their little girls.
Oh, and junk food.
What was your favorite commercial?