This Arnold ad for Amtrak shows kids acting like their parents, but not in good ways. Basically, they bitch and moan about planes and automobiles, while trains are positioned as kinder, gentler modes of transportation. Try taking one from New York to Paris sometime, or from Levittown to Bayonne. Not so kind, is it? The spot seems off track (ha!), playing almost like a PSA for dysfunctional-family counseling services. It puts a negative spin on travel overall. Also, why takes these pampered brats on vacations anyway? Let 'em stay home and play with all those cool toys they got from Grandma and Grandpa. When I was their age, there were no family trips. All I had to play with was my imagination and the coal that Santa/Daddy left in my stocking. It built character, I guess, though certainly not mine. That red-haired moppet in the ad really looks like Danny Bonaduce from his Partridge Family days.
—Posted by David Gianatasio