Thank You, SNL

Hey Readers — Here is a wonderful little skit from Saturday Night Live. It’s not about kids, it’s about women. But the message works for both: Buy our safety device. Or live (if you’re lucky!) to regret it. — Lenore

19 Responses

  1. ROFL! Love it!

    “Get it. Or get murdered.”

    LOL!

  2. This really is how it feels sometimes.

    I had a parent at my preschool once confess that she had never told her father that his grand daughter went to a school with a male teacher because “He would just assume you were a pervert.”

  3. I have an alarm system. I’ve been robbed twice in two different houses. Both times the house was empty and it was probably kids from what was taken.

    That said – I’m sitting in my house with all the windows and back door open enjoying a spring day.

    After Ike we all slept with our windows open. Neighbors looked after neighbors. There was a incident were a couple of cars seemed to be cruising the neighborhood. A neighbor stopped them and asked them what they needed. Turn out they were looking for power crews, especially those from up north and giving them boxes of water.

  4. The funny thing (or perhaps not so funny thing) is that this spoof was based on a REAL commercial.

  5. I love this skit so much, because I hate these commercials so much. Fear sells, but not to me.

  6. What I never got about the real commercial, in which the bad guy is even named A.J., is why the recognizable party-attender-guy would come back 2 seconds later when the girl is still home. I mean, if you scammed your way into a party to case the house, seems to me you’d break in later when no one was home. And is he planned to assault the female, why run off in abject fear when she screams?

    The whole setup makes no sense. Sigh.

  7. Ooops…*if* he planned to …..

  8. I’ve actually seen two versions of the real commercial. The first version is when she says the party-attender is attacking her. If you look carefully, this is overdubbed and her lips don’t match. In the second version (original), it is her ex-husband bent on terrible revenge.

    Why do I know this? Because the commercial is ludicrous and I love to laugh.

  9. My favorite of those commercials are the ones where people set the system right smack in the middle of the day, like the mom and daughter coming in from playing soccer in the backyard in what looks to be a very nice neighborhood.

    If I ever seriously feel the need to have an alarm system set to be in my own house in the middle of the day, I’ll save the money on the alarm system towards a deposit on a new place somewhere else!

  10. Just so you know, Hulu can’t be watched outside of the US. Not sure how many non-US readers like me you have, but thought you might like to know.

  11. Yes, I’m Canadian and can’t watch the video. Please, what is the name of it, so that I can check it out on you tube at least!

  12. Here’s a youtube link for people who can’t see hulu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI78lB8IJFo It starts about 9 seconds in.

  13. Hmm, am I the only one who feels safer with an alarm system? I mean, I laughed at the skit, too, but they are helpful/useful sometimes. I’m just saying!

    -adrienne
    http://wearegoodkin.com

  14. We’ve been broken into and have had $3,000 worth of stuff stolen/damaged, my son sleepwalks, the guy around the corner was just arrested for 1st degree rape, the person next door had a crack dealer living with her, the teenager on the other said of me uses drugs, we’ve had a lot of vandalism and breaking and enterings… yeah, I like my alarm system, too. However, my alarm system is not connected to any monitoring system…it just makes a lot of noise when it goes off. The police are not called. Thieves do not know that, though. Also, if my son walks outside while walking in his sleep at 3am, I will hear the alarm.

  15. That was great. I’ve never seen the real party commercial. Just the one about the girl staying home alone and the one with the mom and the little girl. These nice suburban neighborhoods with huge houses and large yards sure have some bold criminals.
    I live in the city (have most of my life) and our door is never locked except at night (and is just one deadbolt per door). In the summer the front door and all the windows in the house are wide open. I sleep with my window open (on the 1st floor but the sill is about 5′ off the ground…hard to get into without a ladder). We’ve never had anyone try to break into our house. We’ve had several attempts on our garage but so far none succeeded (and our garages around here are not attached). I really don’t think much of it.
    Most of my neighbors have switched to huge, hulking security screen doors (with no actual screens) that bolt and lock from the inside and out. Some people have put wrought iron fences around their property to keep people out (we have a wooden, 5 1/2′ high fence) and almost no one opens windows when it is nice. If it’s too hot to have the windows closed they crank on the AC even when it’s only in the 70s outside. Crazy. And, yet, I feel totally safe in my house even when it’s just me and the kids here.

  16. Love it! It reminds me of the SNL commercial for “Peepers Insurance.” It runs along a similar vein. I couldn’t find a youtube link for it, but here’s the hulu link: http://www.hulu.com/watch/119788/saturday-night-live-peepers-insurance#s-p2-sr-i3

  17. Here is the original spoof – saw this on “current tv” probably a month ago. Much funnier than SNL’s version. Too bad SNL will get all the credit, though.

    http://current.com/items/91442708_sarah-haskins-in-target-women-broadview-security.htm

  18. Hi Lenore,
    This is off-topic but I couldn’t find a way to email you. Wanted to know if you’d read the excellent kids’ book, Saffy’s Angel. It’s not the point of the story but the kid characters definitely are Free Range! It’s slightly played for laughs, but at the same time all the children are treated with great sympathy and affection by the narrator. There are several points in the story where it’s explained that their mom really tries to let them do what they want to do, and not what it makes her feel comfortable for them to do… and they do all SORTS of exciting things that one doesn’t normally hear of modern kids doing. I thought of you while reading it:).

    There’s a great scene right at the very beginning where a health visitor is checking on the baby, sees that she’s gotten hold of some paint, and throws a conniption despite the entire family assuring her that ALL the paints they’re using are non-toxic….

  19. Yes, I’m Canadian and can’t watch the video. Please, what is the name of it, so that I can check it out on you tube at least!

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