New Samba De Amigo ‘friends’ trailer features a monkey

I seriously can’t believe promos like this are still being made. Flashback: it’s 1987, and this commercial comes on. As a kid, you go howling to your parents about how that was the coolest thing you’ve ever seen and you must have what those kids have so you can be like them right now! As an adult, we kind of feel sorry for the actors — fun never looked quite so feigned.

Here we are, back in the future where we were supposed to have flying cars by now, and Nintendo is making the same commercial. Four kids hurl themselves around vigorously and play Samba De Amigo with a monkey. Suspension of reality, perhaps? I mean, whose parents are cool enough to invite a MONKEY over?

Colette Bennett