I know there are tons of people excited to get out there this Friday and buy, buy, buy! However, I am not one of them. My Black Fridays are usually spent eating leftovers, hanging out with family and watching movies. That said, I have no problem seeing characters in films max out their credit cards or even just hang around malls. I also love shopping montages. Here are five fun movies that feature shopping!
1. Pretty Woman (1990) Do I need to remind you of one of the best “go eff yourself” scenes in cinematic history?
Shop assistant: Hello, can I help you?
Vivian: I was in here yesterday, you wouldn’t wait on me.
Shop assistant: Oh.
Vivian: You people work on commission, right?
Shop assistant: Yeah.
Vivian: Big mistake. Big. HUGE. I have to go shopping now.
2. Clueless (1995) As if this wouldn’t be on my list. Cher uses shopping as therapy, and her epiphanies usually come when she’s holding designer shopping bags. Let us also not forget Tai’s totally non-brush with death while they’re out at the mall. With a young Paul Rudd, hilarious quips and based on Jane Austen’s Emma, I love it!
3. Big (1988) The movie’s most memorable scene occurs in FAO Schwartz, and grown-up Josh outfits his stellar apartment with a trampoline, a soda machine, and a pinball machine among other things. So many toys! So much fun to watch!
4. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Though shopping addiction is usually much more serious than this movie portrays, how enjoyable is Isla Fisher’s manic performance? I love her desperation to get a credit card out of a block of ice and the scene at the sample sale slays me every time. That scene is why I avoid trekking out for Black Friday.
5. Mallrats (1995) “Friends and enemies hanging out at a mall! While a little immature at times, I can’t deny my pleasure in Kevin Smith’s tale of slackers during a day at the local shopping center. A young Ben Affleck torments Jason Lee (he’s looking good lately post-My Name is Earl if you haven’t heard) and his friend played by Jeremy London (he’s kind of having a rough 2011) while they try to get their girlfriends back. Also, I never get on an escalator without thinking about this movie.
What are your favorite shopping movies? Will you be out there during the Black Friday battles or eating leftovers like me?