Your Heart May Ache a Bit for the Clumsy Boy Who Stars in This Sweet Subaru Ad

'At Our House,' a Mom Says in Voice-Over, 'We Need Things That Are Built to Last'

By Simon Dumenco. Published on Jul 11, 2016

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You know the kid in this commercial (or maybe even recognize a bit of him in yourself): the innocent sort who moves through the world haplessly -- not out of recklessness, but due to a certain jinxed aura. As we listen to a gently plaintive piano tune that serves as the ad's soundtrack, we witness our young protagonist wrecking his bike, spilling the contents of his backpack, botching a classroom presentation and more.

When, near the end of the spot, we see him get behind the wheel of a car, panic seems like the appropriate response -- but then we hear his understanding mother in voice-over: "At our house, we need things that are built to last." After a pause for effect, she adds, "That's why we got a Subaru."

And so The Boy Who Breaks Everything will live to see another day (of low-level screw-ups).

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Jul 11, 2016
Carmichael Lynch Minneapolis
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