If there’s one thing we know about millennials, it’s that they love their ’80s and ’90s nostalgia. Movies like “The Goonies,” “The Princess Bride,” “Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day” regularly show up in the canon of beloved “must-watch” films. So it’s not surprising that so many of the most successful films lately have been reboots of famous franchises meant to capitalize on millennial nostalgia. (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” anyone?)
“Millennial Mad Men,” the new video written and directed by Steven Parkhurst, seeks to make a point about the fragility of depending on nostalgia for box office boost, with a pitch by none other than Don Draper. The video parodies the iconic “Carousel” pitch scene from the hit AMC show’s first season by having Don pitch Hollywood clients the concept of rebooting original film ideas.
“There’s a rare occasion where millennials can be engaged on a level beyond nostalgia,” says Draper’s millennial analogue. He’s not wrong.