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A Brief History Of Open Legs Movie Posters
One-sheets that prove that sex doesn't always sell

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There are many movie poster clichés out there, and we like to think we know a thing or two about them after writing features like THIS. But one of the most egregious gimmicks anyone can use on a movie poster is using a pair of pins to frame the rest of the cast looking up from underneath, or off in the distance. In its heyday, it was everywhere (including Honey I Blew Up The Kid back in 1992) but recently, it had all but disappeared – until The Sitter came along (below). So to celebrate / humiliate those who have used this technique to sell their film, here is our brief history of legsy movie posters, kicking off with (no pun intended) For Your Eyes Only…

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A Brief History Of Open Legs Movie Posters | The Sitter
The Sitter

Released: 2012
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, Max Records

Strange as it is to say, we really hope Jonah Hill’s character takes these kids to a strip club in the actual movie – because if he doesn’t, then this poster is just a really, really creepy way to sell a film. Also, is Jonah Hill really that tall?
 

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1
The UK video cover of Only the Lonely had the sexy legs on it as well http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3373832448/tt0102598 More

Posted by Evil_Bob on Saturday October 22, 2011, 11:24

2
See No Evil, Hear No Evil is NOT a terrible movie!! Fuzzy wuzzy was a woman. More

Posted by eddieryan on Saturday October 22, 2011, 00:48

3 Back to basics
Surely this needs to be down to one simple question, which one would you have as a poster on your bedroom wall? More

Posted by bretty on Friday October 21, 2011, 08:43

4
the whoopee boys? which i only know because of hot rod... More

Posted by dazzydee on Thursday October 20, 2011, 19:56

5 why Isn't
Secetary And earth Girls are Easy On the List ? I am sure that there are about 60 other titles too , But I guess these where the Most Memorable . More

Posted by rgod on Thursday October 20, 2011, 17:07

6 not sexy?
Toy Story? SURELY...a great parody too. More

Posted by vikingchild on Thursday October 20, 2011, 10:04

7 one exception
Secretary is one film that has Maggie's legs akimbo & a decent film....a cult classic! More

Posted by megank13 on Thursday October 20, 2011, 10:00

8 Broken Lizard!
Seriously, the Broken Lizard movies often have a pair of long legs on the posters. Super Troopers being the main culprit, Puddle Cruiser I suppose is more of a midriff shot, Club Dread is more a full body shot from behind and Beerfest has two women, legs apart on each edge of the poster. More

Posted by Mijacogeo on Thursday October 20, 2011, 08:27

9 Kingpin
I can't believe you actually think that Vanessa Angel's pose in the Kingpin poster is a Photoshop disaster - it's a joke, playing on the very poster design trope covered by this article! More

Posted by bbX1138 on Wednesday October 19, 2011, 21:39

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How did you forget the original- for the 5o's movie "What Lola Wants"? Man! those legs on Gwen Verdon!! More

Posted by Musicals on Wednesday October 19, 2011, 19:22

11 Wow
I had no idea that so many films were advertised on the basis on open legs! Might go back and check out a Pee Wee Herman poster. More

Posted by danclay77 on Wednesday October 19, 2011, 18:07

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