Shop 'Til You Drop: 20 Movies for Big Spenders
JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996)
Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to buy his kid the coveted Turbo-Man action figure for Christmas; unfortunately, so does every other dad in town. Foolish fathers — you don't cross Arnold, not even at the toy store.
PRETTY WOMAN (1990)
It's the movie that contains everyone's favorite Beverly Hills shopping spree montage. Julia Roberts gets to try on great clothes, there's plenty of obsequious sucking up by boutique manager Larry Miller, and it's all on someone else's credit card.
MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006)
Kirsten Dunst reminds us that the spendthrift, cake-loving queen was once a spirited teenage princess. Given the rigid, corseted, sexually frustrating, stultifying nature of her life at Versailles, if she occasionally wanted to blow off some steam via clothes- and shoe-shopping binges, who could begrudge her? Well, besides the starving French peasantry, of course.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961)
Audrey Hepburn's gold-digging Holly Golightly is more of a window-shopper than a shopper (as that forlorn opening scene outside the famous jewelry store indicates), though her liaisons with wealthy men do provide her with a supply of fabulous cocktail dresses. Maybe she should buy some furniture, too.
SEX AND THE CITY (2008)
The HBO series' fashion fetishism translated so well to the big screen that the film earned $153 million at the box office — almost enough to buy every pair of Manolo Blahniks in Carrie's closet.
There are still plenty of things you can buy on Christmas Eve: groceries, Ecstasy, pills from the grocery store that look like Ecstasy, champagne, Las Vegas lap dances, houses full of Amway-type products...
THE TOY (1982)
Apparently unaware that slavery has been outlawed for well over a century, tycoon Jackie Gleason somehow manages to buy Richard Pryor as a playmate for his little boy.
BREWSTER'S MILLIONS (1985)
This time, Richard Pryor's the one making outlandish purchases (including buying a major league baseball team and a spot for himself in the batting order). He inherits a $30 million windfall, which he must spend to the last penny in 30 days in order to inherit an even bigger windfall. It's kinda like a Wall Street bailout plan.
Lots of little kids, given the cash and the opportunity, would fill their bedrooms with accessories like a soda machine and a trampoline. Lots of grown-ups, too.
MAX DUGAN RETURNS (1983)
Can money buy back the love of a daughter (Marsha Mason) for the dad (Jason Robards) who deserted her? Can he win over his grandson (Matthew Broderick, in his film debut) by showering the family with expensive gifts (diamond jewelry, video equipment, a Mercedes) bought with swindled loot? Um, yeah, pretty much.
THE MONEY PIT (1986)
Tom Hanks and Shelley Long buy a decaying old house on the cheap, then must spend a fortune making it livable. (Where's the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew when you need them?) Not sure whether this is a comedy or tragedy.
CAN'T BUY ME LOVE (1987)
Years before he matured into chiseled McDreamy, gawky teen Patrick Dempsey became a romantic lead in this movie, playing a high school nerd who tries to buy social acceptance by purchasing the friendship of the school's most popular girl. (Well, not purchasing, but leasing with an option to buy.) Premise is the same in the 2003 remake Love Don't Cost a Thing, although all the Sean John clothing that Nick Cannon buys in order to be taken seriously at school doesn't come cheap.
THE JERK (1979)
When naïf Steve Martin becomes an eyewear mogul, he doesn't buy anything too fancy — just a mansion the size of Rhode Island, furnishings even more garish than those at Elvis' house, and a water cooler that dispenses wine. (Much funnier on screen than it sounds here.) Oh, and a thermos.
BLANK CHECK (1994)
Money-laundering crook runs over little boy's bike, gives him a blank check to buy his silence. The boy (Brian Bonsall of Family Ties) cashes the check for $1 million, goes on a shopping spree (mansion full of toys and a backyard with a go-kart track and a pool with a waterslide). Boy takes pretty bank teller (Karen Duffy) out on a date... Stop us when your suspension of disbelief reaches the breaking point.
MILK MONEY (1994)
Melanie Griffith plays the most squeaky-clean hooker since Julia Roberts in this sweet family comedy about a little boy who buys her time because he's looking for an anatomy lesson, then brings her home to fix her up with his lonely dad. Did we mention that this is a sweet family comedy?