Scenes from a Mall (1991)
This romantic comedy details the misadventures of a wealthy California couple during a day at the mall. Their shopping trip -- originally intended as a chance to buy presents and prepare for that evening's anniversary party -- soon turns into a stress test when marital tensions rise to the surface.
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Critic Reviews for Scenes from a Mall
Paul Mazursky's 14th film as director is a cozy, insular middle-aged marital comedy that's about as deep and rewarding as a day of mall-cruising.
Mazursky has returned with a vengeance to his special universe where the upper middle class is the only thing that exists, and this time he has absolutely nothing to say about it.
Allen's admittedly funny lines get lost in the mess, and Midler, in relatively restrained mode, fades away altogether.
When a movie seems overflowing with interesting, colorful details, that is often a sign of desperation -- a way of saying, if the picture's no good, get a gaudier frame.
A close-up look at a couple's painful catharsis so well wedded to marital discord it's like going through a divorce with yourself.
There are moments here and there, but it's mostly ordinary, unimaginative writing. Midler and Allen deserve better.
Sorta funny, but the gap yawns between what it is and what it should have been.
Again proving Woody Allen should stick with Woody Allen movies.
Funny in fits and starts before wearing out its welcome in short order.
Some funny moments, but it should have been a triumph
There's a reason Woody Allen usually directs himself.
Next time you go shopping leave Woody and Bette at home
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