WATCH: Christmas commercial with surprise twist inspires some, upsets others

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

This commercial for German supermarket chain EDEKA, which can be watched in its entirety with English subtitles above, aims to remind customers how important it is to spend time with family over the holidays.

But the tactics used in the ad have been raising eyebrows.

At its best, CNN’s Jeanne Moos is reporting that the ad is changing holiday travel plans for people like actress Georgina Reilly.

At its worst, others say an elderly man faking his death, no matter his motivations, is just plain sad and in poor taste.

AlertMe
Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.