Netflix’s latest docuseries Absurdly Addictive premiered on November 17 and already has a big achievement to flaunt. Under its banner currently is an intriguing title, Pepsi, Where’s My Jet? The series tells the true story of a college student who met the challenge to cash in his Pepsi Points for a fighter jet. What is this big achievement about? Keep reading to find out the details!
Netflix’s Absurdly Addictive Bags Perfect Rotten Tomatoes Score
Talking about the repercussions of false advertising that became very popular in the 90s, the series has got the attention of Netflix subscribers giving the series some great reviews. In a rare accomplishment, the show now flaunts a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score. Although this score comes just from six reviews, the review aggregator has given it a Fresh Tomato icon, confirming that it has a 100% rating.
Other reviews outside of Rotten Tomatoes noted the docuseries to be an average one. RogertEbert.com awarded the series a three out of five ratings. They wrote, “The series not only playfully unpacks the details of what went wrong but digs deeper to get at the core of why false advertising matters.”
Another three out of five ratings by Ready Steady Cut defined the series as part Cola wars and part millennial Mad Men. They also defined it as a series that is an absurdly addictive watch. On the other hand, Decider reviewed the series as, “Goofy and silly, but it’s definitely illustrative of what could happen if even companies as big as PepsiCo and their advertising firm don’t close as many loopholes as possible.”
Netflix Docu-Series Trails The Aftermath Of False Advertising
As per ComicBook, the docu-series trails Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.’s war to dominate the market in the 90s. Despite all the marketing tactics by Pepsi, including celeb-soaked advertisements, Coke still held the biggest share of the market. This was when Pepsi decided to roll out its biggest-ever campaign known as Pepsi Stuff.
It featured a soon-to-be infamous commercial implying that if Pepsi customers bought enough of their products, they will be rewarded with Pepsi Points. These Pepsi Points could be used to purchase leather jackets or sunglasses. They could even get a Harrier Jet if they had 7,00,000 Pepsi Points.
John Leonard Sought Help From His Mountaineering Buddy
Pepsi executives assumed that the astronomically high price of the military prize was ridiculous enough to ensure people knew it was a joke. However, it came without any fine prints. So, a college student, John Leonard, took it as a challenge to get the ultimate prize by doing all he can to collect the Pepsi Points.
With help and funding from Todd Hoffman, his mountaineering buddy, Leonard collected the Pepsi Points.
What happened after? Did Pepsi give him his fighter jet? Watch the series on Netflix to find out the aftermath of this weird adventure. And, do not forget to share your thoughts in the comments!
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