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Scenes from a Mall (1991)

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On their 16th anniversary, a married couple's trip to a Beverly Hills mall becomes the stage for personal revelations and deceptions.

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Paul Mazursky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Deborah
Woody Allen ... Nick
Bill Irwin ... Mime
Daren Firestone Daren Firestone ... Sam
Rebecca Nickels ... Jennifer
Paul Mazursky ... Dr. Hans Clava
Gregory Moore Gregory Moore ... Barber Shop Quartet
Michael Brown Michael Brown ... Barber Shop Quartet
Jonathan Guss Jonathan Guss ... Barber Shop Quartet
David Frye David Frye ... Barber Shop Quartet
Joseph Warren Joseph Warren ... Joe Cool & the Coolers (Rap Group)
Brian Warren Brian Warren ... Joe Cool & the Coolers (Rap Group)
Darrell Mason Darrell Mason ... Joe Cool & the Coolers (Rap Group)
Marc Shaiman ... Pianist
Augustin Bustamante Augustin Bustamante ... El Mariachi Bustamente
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Storyline

On their 16. anniversary, during a shopping stroll, the lawyer Nick Fifer confesses his wife Deborah some affairs. She goes wild and insists on a divorce. After they agreed to the dividing up of their belongings, Deborah confesses having an affair, too. Now he gets very upset and wants the divorce for his part, but the last word is not spoken yet. Written by Thomas Manhardt <Thomas.Manhardt@wu-wien.ac.at>

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A hilarious adventure in marriage, infidelity and bargain shopping! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein ganz normaler Hochzeitstag See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,563,393
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of co-producer, art director and production designer Pato Guzman. See more »

Quotes

Nick Fifer: You look like my Aunt Minna in that dress!
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Connections

Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Teens from a Mall (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

You Do Something to Me
Written by Cole Porter
Produced by Marc Shaiman
Performed by Bette Midler
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unfocused comedy doesn't deliver the goods
1 January 2011 | by Michael NeumannSee all my reviews

Director Paul Mazursky is always at his best when satirizing trendy Southern California lifestyles, and he does so here from that most quintessential Southern California setting: the shopping mall, where Bette Midler and Woody Allen break up and reconcile over the afternoon of their 16th wedding anniversary. The windy script was obviously written with Allen in mind, but the New York comedian is just as clearly out of his element playing a nouveau-riche, pony-tailed attorney with a taste for sushi and frozen yogurt. The sheer novelty value of such unlikely miscasting is irresistible, especially with the typically neurotic Allen paired (for once) against a co-star as extroverted as Midler, more or less reprising her role from Mazursky's 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills' (1986). But the film never rises to the laugh-riot level expected from the talent involved: it's a claustrophobic, one-act, two-character comedy, no less thin and shallow than the LA culture it mocks, and often pointless except as a vehicle for its two bankable stars. Imagine the film with two unknown actors in the same roles, and it all but disappears off the screen.


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