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If you’re shopping around for some movie moments that will tickle your funny bone, look no further. Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for "Top 10 Funniest Movie Shopping Scenes."
For this list, we’re taking a look at movies, whether comedic or not, that include an entertaining shopping scene.
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Phyllis—21 Jump Street
Have you ever been out in public when a friend of your parents comes over to talk to you as if you two are the best of friends? Sure, it’s awkward and embarrassing, but doesn’t typically result in you threatening to punch them in the face. Unless of course they’re about to blow your cover on a police assignment to identify a high school drug dealer. While out at a shoe store, not only does Jonah Hill’s character push his mom’s friend Phyllis into a pile of shoeboxes, he also accuses her of sexual harassment while his friends stand by in shock. And he really sells it. But honestly, he had no other choice.
Sample Sale—Confessions of a Shopaholic
Based on Sophie Kinsella’s book series of the same name, the film follows Rebecca Bloomwood—played by Isla Fisher—a journalist who is, you guessed it, a shopaholic. In this chaotic scene, we see that she is far from the only woman obsessed with shopping. At a sample sale, Rebecca unsuccessfully tries to talk herself out of buying a pair of designer boots, only to end up wrestling over them with another shopper. This scene is both funny and eye opening because many viewers are likely to ask themselves, “Am I like that?” If the answer is “yes,” you may want to seek help…
The Piano Scene—Big
Even if you’ve never seen this classic about a 12-year-old boy who makes a wish and turns into an adult overnight, you probably know this scene. And if you’ve ever visited the famous NYC toy store FAO Schwarz where it was shot, you’ve definitely recreated this moment yourself. Josh Baskin is living out his childhood fantasies, eating junk, watching violent movies, and going on a toy store shopping spree. While there, he bumps into his boss, and thanks to his childlike zest for life and ability to play the piano with his feet, he earns himself a promotion. Although the real FAO Schwarz closed down in 2015 after 153 years, the memory of Tom Hanks dancing on an oversized piano will forever remain in our hearts.
That Looks Amazing on You—Sisters
The hilarious duo and real life best friends Amy Poehler and Tina Fey reunite for yet another feature film, where they play sisters Maura and Kate. Maura is an introverted, recently divorced nurse while Kate is an outgoing, promiscuous stylist. When their parents announce they’re selling the girls’ childhood home, the two come together to throw one last rager with all their old high school friends. This scene, where the sisters go dress shopping for the occasion, highlights the differences between them. It also proves that only Tina Fey can pull off wearing a dress backwards, that the Play-Doh fun factory look is fierce, and that “either/and” is a thing. It also demonstrates the sheer comedic genius that is "Tamy."
Gift Wrapped—Love Actually
In what is arguably the funniest scene in the movie, Harry—played by Alan Rickman—attempts to surreptitiously purchase a Christmas present for his flirtatious assistant without his wife finding out. His plans are temporarily thwarted, however, by Rowan Atkinson, who plays the jewelry counter clerk. You see, he insists that the necklace be gift-wrapped. Actually, it’s so much more than gift-wrap. Harry begins to grow impatient when the process becomes unnecessarily extravagant, fearing that his wife will catch him. And thanks to Mr. Bean’s many added flourishes, we’re both cringing and laughing the whole time.
Mambuza Bongo Guy—The Hot Chick
This movie stars Rob Schneider and was produced by Happy Madison Productions. So it’s no surprise that when Rachel McAdams’ character comes across the pair of earrings that will cause her to switch bodies with a criminal played by Schneider, we’re interrupted by a very high Adam Sandler playing the bongos in the corner of the shop. Even though his screen time in the film is minimal, Sandler manages to steal every scene he’s in. Plus, it just wouldn’t be right if Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider didn’t make a cameo in each other’s movies.
Turned Away—Pretty Woman
In this 90s classic, Julia Roberts, queen of the romantic comedy, plays a prostitute with a heart of gold. After befriending a businessman who offers to pay her to accompany him to a slew of social events, she goes shopping on LA’s famous Rodeo Drive where she’s refused service by two snobbish saleswomen, who—we can only assume—are judging her based on her supposedly improper and overtly sexual attire. Anyone who’s ever felt judged or mistreated for the way they look, whether because of race, gender, or just the clothes on their back, can appreciate Roberts’ character returning to the store after a huge shopping spree to rub it in the faces of the ignorant saleswomen.
If there’s one lesson to take away from this movie, it isn’t “don’t get drunk on an airplane” or “never give out puppies as party favors” (though both are good lessons to live by); it’s never—under any circumstances—eat at a questionable restaurant before going bridal dress shopping or everyone WILL end up having explosive diarrhea. From Melissa McCarthy hiking up her dress around a sink to bride-to-be Maya Rudolph squatting with resignation in the middle of the street in a wedding dress, this iconic shopping scene will not soon be forgotten.
Try Sears—Mean Girls
After being homeschooled in Africa most of her life, Cady Heron’s now adapting to regular high school. That means worming her way into the Plastics, the most popular group of mean girls at North Shore High, to help her friend Janis get revenge on their Queen Bee, Regina George. What’s the best way to get back at a girl who’s obsessed with her appearance? Cause her to gain weight by feeding her high-calorie nutrition bars disguised as a weight-loss aid! Cady sees that her plan’s working when the Plastics go shopping for their Spring Fling gowns. We can’t help but smirk when the salesgirl treats Regina poorly because she can’t fit into a size five; she totally had it coming.
Before we reveal our top pick, here are some honorable mentions:
- Tight Pants—Superbad
- Hot Dog Buns—Father of the Bride
- Kevin Goes Grocery Shopping… Alone—Home Alone
- Prom Dress Shopping—What Women Want
Better Than the Gap—Crazy, Stupid, Love
Fresh from being asked for a divorce by his wife, Cal—played by the always funny Steve Carell—begins frequenting a bar, where he eventually meets handsome ladies’ man Jacob, played by the always suave Ryan Gosling. Jacob helps Cal get back in the dating game by taking him shopping for a brand new wardrobe. Starting by literally throwing away Cal’s shoes, Jacob also teaches his protégé how to talk to women. As you can imagine, this is a pretty daunting task, but Jacob’s more than up to it. And if Carell can manage the same chemistry with the ladies that he has with Gosling, he’ll get a date in no time.
Do you agree with our list? What’s your favorite movie shopping scene? For more hilarious top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to MsMojo.