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Nick (Woody Allen) and wife Deborah (Bette Midler) are a couple 'celebrating' their sixteenth wedding anniversary. Whilst shopping in a California mall Nick lets slip that he had an affair at a point in the past. Deborah flips out and the very future of their relationship seems in jeopardy. This play-like movie continues focusing almost entirely on the dialogue between the two as further revelations colour their sense and understanding of their relationship.

Starring:
Woody Allen, Bette Midler
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DVD

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 23 minutes
Starring Woody Allen, Bette Midler
Director Paul Mazursky
Genres Comedy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 28 February 2005
Main languages English
Dubbing Spanish
Subtitles Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Danish, English, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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'Scenes from a Mall' is about a Beverly Hills couple who, keeping up with the latest trends and fashions, both admit to having affairs on the day of their anniversary. Woody Allen and Bette Midler manage to captivate the viewer with their wit and charm, but sadly fail to avoid a heated confrontation with each other in an overcrowded shopping mall. The film is an observational comedy which tests the limits of marital-relationships and human tolerance. 'Scenes from a Mall' is appropriately named, because that is exactly what you get - an intimate portrayal of the misery and guilt of two people's lives. If you're like me, you'll cringe each time the $350 box of sushi is ruined or left behind, but you'll come away feeling satisfied and thankful. This is a great film - a true piece of art!
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I must admit that when I first saw 'Scenes From a Mall' in the early 90s I was somewhat disappointed with it. Being a huge Woody Allen fan, I guess I expected this to be like a Woody Allen movie - probably because 99% of the time you only see Woody in his own movies working with his own scripts. I wasn't expecting a two-hander that leant more towards drama than comedy, and one in which even Bette Midler appeared to be somewhat subdued.

Seeing it again recently on this new blu-ray release has been an eye-opener, and not only because of the great clarity of the picture. The two stars work very well together and achieve a nice balance of gentle comedy and claustrophobic exasperation which characterises their relationship. The script is mostly energetic and observant, even if it does stray into cliche from time to time, and the direction allows both actors to show sides of their talent which are not often seen in their more famous performances.

This is definitely worth a look or a revisit if you're a Bette or Woody fan, but probably works better on a more mature audience who will more readily relate to the age and situation of the characters and their relationship. It sits more comfortably with works like 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills', but is not a million miles from Woody's later work from the mid-90s onwards.

The blu-ray does not come with any extras, which is a shame, but it is region free and at this low price this is an oft-overlooked title which is worth picking up.
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This movie often gets unjustly harsh reviews. I find it unremarkable but quite enjoyable. Possibly, its main flaw is that it is not a Woody Allen movie. His appearance as one of the central characters makes the comparison with his films unavoidable. If we forget Woody Allen and compare it with other romantic comedies instead (and how many of those would survive a comparison with Crimes and Misdemeanors or Husbands and Wives?) it manages better and it is easier to see its real strengths and weaknesses.

A real drawback (not an insignificant one, but not as disastrous as it might sound) is that the story does not really contain the character development or the unfolding of events. On the upside it has two very good comic actors (Allen and Bette Midler) in the leading roles, and the chemistry between them is fine, too. Although the script does not really carry all the way through, the dialogue is funny and well-written. There are many better movies but, as long as you don't expect anything as profound as the Bergman allusion in the title could be taken to promise, this delivers satisfactory entertainment value.
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I must admit that when I first saw 'Scenes From a Mall' in the early 90s I was somewhat disappointed with it. Being a huge Woody Allen fan, I guess I expected this to be like a Woody Allen movie - probably because 99% of the time you only see Woody in his own movies working with his own scripts. I wasn't expecting a two-hander that leant more towards drama than comedy, and one in which even Bette Midler appeared to be somewhat subdued.

Seeing it again recently on this new blu-ray release has been an eye-opener, and not only because of the great clarity of the picture. The two stars work very well together and achieve a nice balance of gentle comedy and claustrophobic exasperation which characterises their relationship. The script is mostly energetic and observant, even if it does stray into cliche from time to time, and the direction allows both actors to show sides of their talent which are not often seen in their more famous performances.

This is definitely worth a look or a revisit if you're a Bette or Woody fan, but probably works better on a more mature audience who will more readily relate to the age and situation of the characters and their relationship. It sits more comfortably with works like 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills', but is not a million miles from Woody's later work from the mid-90s onwards.

The blu-ray does not come with any extras, which is a shame, but it is region free and at this low price this is an oft-overlooked title which is worth picking up.
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Handled with a perfect touch this movie shows Woody Allen at his incomparable best. It has a strong, wildly fluctuating plot, superbly acted by him and Bette Midler. If you like these two you should delight in their performances. I see some harsh reviews of this film but I recommend you stay detached and enjoy watching as an interested observer. You'll never get so much hilarity and delight in a day's shopping.
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