Scenes from a Mall

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Comedy

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Time Out says

In this irksome comedy, set mostly in the Beverly shopping mall in LA, Allen - his first dramatic outing since The Front - plays a neurotic, pony-tailed sports lawyer, married 16 years (she says 17) to successful shrink and writer Midler. They pack off the kids, have their anniversary fuck, then proceed to discuss the secret of their success. The discussions go on all movie. We move down to the mall and all the lies come out - infidelity, hypocrisy, yawn, yawn, yawn. Ugly amounts of bucks were spent on rebuilding the mall so that cameras could swoop up and down every inch of it, ogling merchandise and fetishising every commodity as 2,000 extras pass by, trying not to gaze at the camera. Woody and Bette eat sushi, clothe themselves, waltz in the piano bar, followed around by a mime, a rap group, and a Victorian-style barber-shop quartet harmonising - it's Christmastime - 'Walking in a Winter Wonderland'. Allen's admittedly funny lines get lost in the mess, and Midler, in relatively restrained mode, fades away altogether. Thematically, the film comes over as a piss-take of Mazursky by Mazursky.
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Release details

UK release:

1990

Duration:

88 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Paul Mazursky

Cast:

Daren Firestone, Paul Mazursky, Bill Irwin, Bette Midler, Woody Allen, Rebecca Nickels

Music:

Marc Shaiman

Production Designer:

Pato Guzman

Editor:

Stuart H Pappé

Cinematography:

Fred Murphy

Screenwriter:

Roger L Simon, Paul Mazursky

Producer:

Paul Mazursky

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Louis Burns

This film may have worked if Woody Allen weren't in it. Ms. Midler is a great actress, however, unfortunately this film was not good enough for even her comedic talents to save.