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Scenes From a Mall

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Scenes From a Mall

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
89 minutes
performer:
Woody Allen, Bette Midler, Bill Irwin
director:
Paul Mazursky
Producers:
Touchstone Pictures
distributor:
Buena Vista Pictures
author:
74858, 76795
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Bette Midler and Woody Allen make such a perfectly odd couple that casting them together in Scenes From a Mall, a marital seriocomedy, seems inspired. Sending them to a crowded mall for some private moments is a pretty good idea too. Yet director-cowriter Paul Mazursky hasn’t done much with his cast and material beyond just letting them wander around.

The two stars play happily married L.A. professionals (she’s a shrink, he’s a lawyer) who discover they aren’t so happy during a day at the mall on their 16th wedding anniversary. Surrounded by shoppers, they exchange confessions of adultery, break up, make up — then do it all again. But as the story starts repeating itself, the sharp dialogue stops. The result is a prolonged vignette that pales beside his other marriage-and-modern-life movies such as ”Down and Out in Beverly Hills.” C+

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