Those wacky, discombobulated, daredevil kids. They're kind of funny if you don't have to share the road with them, or use a shotgun to keep them off your lawn. Hyundai, one of the advertising stars of Sunday night's Oscar telecast, reminded all us old people just how frightening it is that 3 million young adults will get their driver's licenses this year. Message: Don't you need a safer car? Hearing that stat makes me want a tank, actually. Thanks for reminding us just how insane the highways will become with that many more teenagers simultaneously sexting, IM-ing and motoring. Fear as motivator—effective! The spot, one of eight from the Korean car maker that aired during the broadcast, used Richard Dreyfuss as the voiceover talent, since arcane Academy rules made Hyundai drop its longtime spokesman Jeff Bridges, an Oscar nominee, from ads airing during the show. Other celebs filled in on other spots. Never mind. Bridges had a pretty good night anyway.
—Posted by T.L. Stanley