In the zany, outrageous tradition of DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS and RUTHLESS PEOPLE, SCENES FROM A MALL teams up comedy's ultimate mix of combustible fun -- Bette Midler and Woody Allen! She's a best-selling pop psychol... more »ogist; he's a high-powered sports lawyer. Together, they're the perfect '90s couple! During a shopping spree in an upscale mall, this Beverly Hills duo's seemingly happy marriage takes an outlandish turn for the worse when they try to work out some of their marital differences -- and it ends up costing them lots more than they bargained for. You'll cash in on a great deal of fun when you check out this hilarious adventure about marriage, infidelity, and bargain shopping!« less
Danielle T. (sugarkane) from FITCHBURG, WI Reviewed on 2/21/2008...
I am not sure why, but I really liked this movie. If memory serves, it was panned by the critics, but I very much enjoyed it. I think it is a highly quotable movie, also a sign that the dialog is good. In fact, I still repeat this line "It's not a jar, it's a bottle, two bottles of Advil please" quite frequently.
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This is my favorite movie! Scenes From a Mall
Jim Daniello | Franklin, MA. | 12/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lets talk Scenes from a Mall. Starring Woody Allen and Bette Midler in this smart, talky, funny, challenging, heatwarming, sad, tear jerking, Christmas holiday fun! Nothing in this film is wrong except maybe the length, which in my opinion, could be extended some what with more laughs. Starting out at home, leaving the kids to go on a holiday skiing trip, on their sixteenth aniversary they prepare for an all day Christmas shopping spree at the local mall. When they get there they are already confronted with the zany antics of a mime (played well by Bill Irwin from the GRINCH). They exchange aniversary gifts and then extramarital revelations. With this we see an aray of different emotional acts... crying, screaming, hitting, throwing, talking, etc etc. It all changes in a second, very unexpectedly. That is one of things that makes this movie so good, is that everything is so unexpected. Scenes from a Mall is very unpredictable. With beautiful holiday sequences, sharp laughs, very dry humor, happy thoughts of the past, SFAM will not let you down! Including the awesome adaptions of "You Do Something to Me" by Marc Shaiman and an unmatchable vocal by Marlene Dietrich. Thank you Paul Mazursky for giving me a favorite movie, SCENES FROM A MALL is just that."
Tedium! Aisle 6!
Robert Norman | Trumbull, CT USA | 11/23/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Three cheers and an unlimited mall shopping gift certificate to whomever can sit though this stale, bland, virtually humorless, endless piece of crap. Could the dialogue be any duller? Could the 2 stars be more mismatched? I live near one of the 2 malls used for filming and even that tiny tidbit couldn't get me through this tedious mess. Could either of them have had any idea as to what they were in for? I hope this is a product of bad editing and writing since I want to give Woody and Bette a fair shake for trying hard. Go to the mall on the busiest day of the year for more laughs and insight."
I had belly laughs the whole way through
BEAN LADY | OR | 11/14/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Listen, I'm impartial about any movie star, and I haven't sat through many movies in the last two decades, but this one made me laugh, and wait for the next nutty scene. Why? I think because they caught the silliness of that Southern California bourgeois with Jewish overlay world very well. half the fun was watching Woody Allen's expressions. I also though the damn mime scene was painfully funny!"
The title says it all!
andy8047 | Nokomis,Florida | 05/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This film is about a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary at a Los Angeles shopping mall. The celebration is bittersweet because the husband(Woody Allen) admits his affair to his wife(Bette Midler). The wife remains angry for a while but eventually forgives her husband. Allen and Midler have done better films than this. Midler's much better films include DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS,RUTHLESS PEOPLE and BIG BUSINESS(all made by Buena Vista like this one). Allen's subsequent film MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY from 1993 was much better than this."
Makes The Viewer Feel Like A Mensch Schlep!
Music & Movie Luver | Hollywood, Florida USA | 04/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am not a Woody Allen fan. His neurotic persona never appealed to me. I watched this movie because I like Bette Midler. This film makes the viewer feel like a mensch schlep (third wheel, tag-a-long) who went to the mall with them, & has to suffer through their angst, make-ups, yelling matches, etc. because you need a ride home. In between the couple's dysfunction a lame mime is tossed in to try & add some comic relief. This movie could have been so much more."