Disaster Grips France in Burger King's 'Whopper Blackout' Gag

Chain revisits dark years of its history

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Not many people know that Burger King pulled out of France for 15 years between 1997 and 2012. But actually, it's true. And the fast-food chain comically revisits that nightmare scenario in a new seven-minute mockumentary from agency Buzzman.

Whopper addicts lose their minds, black-market dealers, counterfeiters and smugglers capitalize, and law enforcement officials enter into a game of Whac-a-Mole against illicit trade in a video that manages to cram in every genre trope imaginable.

Overall, it's willfully idiotic and melodramatic, pushed to the degree where it's at least forgivable on the grounds of being goofy, if not always necessarily funny.

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