8 great 'shop 'til you drop!' movies

Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in 'Pretty Woman'.

Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in 'Pretty Woman'.

Jim Slotek, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:57 PM ET

The Biblical passage is oft misquoted. It’s not money that’s the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money. Either way, you’re probably hellbound in more ways than one at this year’s Boxing Day sales.

To see you off, here are some of our favourite consumerist movies and scenes.

DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978): One of the slyest satirical premises ever, zombies take over a mall. It was as if George Romero was saying that our impulse to buy things would be among the last autonomic reflexes left this side of death. The 2004 remake also had a mall, but made less of an anti-consumerist statement.

PRETTY WOMAN (1990): Probably the best-known shopping scene in movie history. After being snubbed by a Rodeo Drive boutique for looking trashy, Vivian (Julia Roberts) shows up at another, accompanied by high-rolling Edward (Richard Gere) and his gold card. “We’re going to be spending an obscene amount of money in here, so we’re going to need a lot more help sucking up to us,” he tells the manager (Larry Miller).

CRAZY STUPID LOVE (2011): The male equivalent of the Pretty Woman makeover. Cool guy Ryan Gosling takes schleppy newly-single Steve Carell to the mall and starts with his feet, tossing his 407’s over the balcony. “Are you the millionaire owner of Apple Computers? No? Well in that case, you have no right to wear New Balance sneakers ever!” Kind of the opposite of a product plug.

LOVE ACTUALLY (2003): Just a great exchange between Harry (Alan Rickman) trying to surreptitiously buy something special for his secretary (with his wife unawares) and Rowan Atkinson as the impatient man’s worst nightmare - an annoyingly solicitous salesman, delicately wrapping a brooch with candies, cinnamon sticks, pot pourri, etc. “Dip it in yogurt! Cover it with chocolate buttons!” Harry finally shouts. It has the feel of improvised comedy in the best way.

ENCHANTED (2007): Displaced princess Gisele (Amy Adams) gets lessons in how a REAL princess shops from six-year-old Morgan (Rachel Covey). “I have something better than a fairy godmother. Dad says it’s only for emergencies,” she says, as she digs out, yep, a credit card.

CLUELESS (1995): Speaking of credit cards, the fastest plastic in teen flick history belonged to Cher (Alicia Silverstone), who used it as an all-purpose mood brightener, whether bummed out by boys or fashion crises. Cher’s friend Dionne: “Dude, what’s wrong? You suffering from buyer’s remorse or something?” Cher: “God no! Nothing like that!”

LEGALLY BLONDE (2001): “There’s nothing I love more than a dumb blonde with daddy’s plastic.” With those words, a snarky salesclerk sets herself up for some schooling in shopping by Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon). Probably the second greatest screen retail comeuppance after Pretty Woman.

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC: A hit-and-miss rom-com, but there is a great, surreal scene where a mannequin comes to life and “sells” Isla Fisher an overpriced green scarf. Mannequin: “The point of this scarf is it would become part of a definition of your psyche.” Fisher: “It would make my haircut look more expensive!”


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