'Herbie': Fully boycotted?
Two major theater chains in Germany are just saying ”nein!” to Herbie: Fully Loaded, which is slated for an Aug. 4 release date in Europe, and others are considering pulling the plug on the film as well. Put yourself to the test and see if you can guess why.
A) They’re sick and tired of tabloid headlines about Lindsay Lohan’s weight.
B) They object to the fact that the film’s DVD release will come only four months after its theatrical debut.
C) The film’s predecessor, 1968’s The Love Bug, sparked bloody riots in Hamburg, Berlin, and Cologne among Germans who resented they couldn’t get the Beetle in their homeland.
D) They don’t care for a talking car.
E) They object to the fact that the film’s producers used non-union labor for several scenes shot in Canada.
Get the answer after the jump.
Answer: B) German chains Greater Union Filmpalast and Cinemaxx saymovie distributors’ desire to maximize profits by shortening the windowbetween theatrical and DVD releases hurts their bottom line — thus the boycott.