The Best Shopping Scenes of All Time

by | Nov 24th, 2011 | 5:07PM | Filed under: In My Humble Opinion, Movie Lists, Other Bits

First and foremost: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you’ve been enjoying a wonderful, relaxing holiday with your loved ones. My husband and I have been relishing a rare afternoon of down-time, TV-watching and magazine-reading. In short, we’re conserving our energy for tomorrow’s huge Black Friday shopping spree. (Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like they’ve now received a Black Friday promotional email from EVERY SINGLE STORE on the planet?!?)

As I was preparing our strategery, my mind wandered to shopping scenes in movies. I actually couldn’t think of any that revolved around Black Friday (hey Hollywood, I just gave you an original idea—you’re welcome!), but the sequences I did remember are fairly classic. And so I dedicate this list to my fellow deal-hunters—may you save a bundle tomorrow and avoid getting trampled and/or otherwise injured by other enthusiastic bargain-stalkers!

Sex and the City / Sex and the City 2

Duh, right?

Both the HBO series and its two films took on-screen shopping to another level, glorifying the act of dropping dough (especially when it came to buying top-tier brands). Both movies had stand-out shopping-related scenes: In the original, Charlotte goes into labor after a particularly intense spree. And in the sequel, Carrie and Miranda check out the souq (market) in Dubai… where Carrie just so happens to run into an old flame (and in the process forget all about the passport she left on a shop counter).

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Confessions of a Shopaholic

Here’s another “duh!” entry!

This rom-com, based on Sophie Kinsella’s best-selling novel series, stars Isla Fisher as a girl who shops herself into a world of hurt and then can no longer pay her bills. I demand that none of you get yourselves into THAT kind of situation tomorrow, m’kay! (Remember these wise words from my mom: “It’s not really a deal if you didn’t need the thing in the first place.”)


Pretty Woman

The 1990 film that skyrocketed Julia Roberts to superstardom isn’t about shopping (I’m just going to assume you all know what it IS about), but its most famous scene most certainly is. Roberts’ Vivian is snubbed in a fancy store because of her looks, but then later gets her revenge when Richard Gere makes the staff doing some “major sucking up” because he and his gal intend to spend “an obscene amount of money.”

When Vivian’s done with her whirlwind experience, she walks down the street—dressed to the nines, laden with bags and in step with the title song by Roy Orbison.


OK, so I’m cheating a bit here because there wasn’t a particular shopping sequence that stood out in my mind from Will Ferrell’s 2003 insta-classic comedy (which I know is a favorite of many a Redblog reader), but he and his fellow “elves” DO work at Gimbel’s and assist shoppers with their various purchasing needs. Plus, what’s the holiday season without a great “department store Santa” movie scene?

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Finally, the guys get a little representation!

My favorite part of this year’s hit rom-com involves Ryan Gosling’s suave ladies’ man imploring Steve Carell’s new-on-the-market fortysomething to “Be better than The Gap,” and then proceeding to whisk him off on a series of shopping excursions to update his pitiful wardrobe. A shot from that particular scene is below. And no one can argue that Carell doesn’t look mighty fine after Gosling’s work is done.


Any others you can think of?

Well, five more Black Friday deal emails came through while I was writing this post (seriously), so I better go check ‘em out. Happy Thanksgiving once again, and Happy Shopping tomorrow!

3 Responses to “The Best Shopping Scenes of All Time”

  1. Paula
    Posted on November 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Another movie is jingle all the way! Where everybody is after a specific toy for Christmas and will do anything for it!

  2. Lauranda
    Posted on November 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Not quite Black Friday, but definitely Christmas related. In Christmas Vacation, when Clark is looking for some lingerie for his wife and has a rather embarrassing interaction with the sales lady, Mary. Comedy Gold.

  3. cindy
    Posted on February 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Serendipity….Bloomingdale’s is practically a character in the movie, and the scenes with Eugene Levy as the clerk are hilarious.