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->''"All grocery bags must contain at least one stick of French Bread."''
-->-- [[http://www.avforums.com/threads/the-hollywood-rule-book.32262/ ''Hollywood Rule Book'']], ''Vanity Fair''

If a character lives in TheCity and has just come home from shopping, he or she will inevitably be carrying a single brown paper bag (despite the fact that in many places, paper bags must be specifically asked for these days) from which protrudes a baguette (loaf of French bread) and the greens of a bunch of carrots; neither of these will be separately wrapped or packaged.

If the bag is emptied on-camera (perhaps in a MeetCute), there will also be a quart of milk and a dozen eggs. Optionally, orange juice and/or a cut of meat may be present.

Also, the astute shopper who purchases a pair of oranges is preparing to drop said sack or have it knocked out of their hands. (These will likewise not be prepackaged or in a produce bag.)

In Japanese media, leeks and/or daikon radishes (a large white, carrot-shaped tuber) are the typical stock groceries.

The trope name plays with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Organization_for_Standardization International Organization for Standardization]]'s tendency to establish consistent standards. If a person in a movie is carrying a grocery bag filled with Twinkies, Mountain Dew, beer and pasteurized process sandwich spread, the audience will focus on that, while this trope is generally just a quick way to show that someone has gone shopping.

Because commodity foodstuffs are often sold loose or unlabeled, this trope may have its origins in avoiding BrandX or ProductPlacement issues. See also BaguetteBeatdown. [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant May or may not]] be related to VillainsOutShopping. Has nothing to do with [[Film/TronLegacy the other ISOs]].


* Played with in the ''Manga/DNAngel'' anime. The main character's mother and their [[{{Meido}} Maid]] go shopping on market day and buy a veritable mountain of different goods on sale. When you see them carrying all the bags, there is at least one leek sticking up from every bag.
* Linna is seen walking around with a bag with a baguette sticking out of it in one episode of ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis.''
* In ''[[Anime/FZeroLegendOfFalcon F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu]]'', Bart Lemming is seen, twice in the same episode, carrying a grocery bag with a baguette in it.
* In a season 2 episode of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', Siesta is seen carrying a grocery bag with a baguette and, as seen when she drops it, an apple.
* Yuuki carries a bag with a baguette in the opening of the ''Manga/SilentMobius'' TV series.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Keith is carrying the usual "baguette and carrots" bag when [[MeetCute he runs into Cis]] in episode 15. There's also an apple in there, which he offers to her.
* In episode 4 of ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', Nao is carrying three grocery bags, a leek protuding from one and a daikon radish from another, when she comes across the panicking Miyuki.
* Rico carries one of these in the opening for the first season of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' Amelia, while carrying a large cloth sack of food, (which has two loaves of french bread sticking out the top) tries to save Lina and Gourry from a bunch of bandits by attacking them from a high cliff. She crashes to the ground, which causes the food to fly out, including meat, more bread, and fruit.

* Played with in ''Film/TheLostWeekend''. Don Birnam, a hopeless alcoholic, gets two bottles of rye with ten dollars he stole from his brother. But he doesn't want people in the neighborhood to think that he's going out buying liquor in the morning, so he buys a few pieces of fruit to put in the top of the bag to make it ''look'' like he just went out for groceries.
* Seen played straight in ''Film/TheGodfather'', at least for the oranges part. Except in this case, while the Don is buying said oranges from the fruit vendor, a bunch of thugs show up and shoot him a few times, inevitably causing him to drop the oranges. This is a trope in itself; the producer used oranges to 'brighten up' otherwise grim scenes and dark sets -- therefore, you can find oranges in many scenes where someone dies. Which is also a bit of a GeniusBonus referencing the Mafia's original role running protection rackets on Sicilian orange-growers.
* At the end of ''Film/TheDeparted'', Sullivan carries one of these bags into his apartment. [[spoiler: He gets shot by Dignam, and the groceries do end up all over the floor. The original script even called for the rat that comes out to start nibbling on a fallen bagel.]]
* Dana Barret's shopping in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', although it also includes a bag of [[{{Foreshadowing}} Stay-Puft Marshmallows]].
* A baguette is poking out of a bag of groceries brought home by Inspector Clouseau in ''Film/TheReturnOfThePinkPanther''. When caught inspecting the front page of a neighbor's newspaper, he is whomped on the head with said bread.
* In the 2010 Eddie Lebron fan film of Film/MegaMan, Dr. Wily, before planning his revenge removes bran flakes and a roll of paper towels from a paper bag, sets them on his kitchen counter, and then sits down to think up his evil scheme...
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', Bryan uses one of these bags as camouflage to get into the Paris apartment. The only recognizable food item is not one but TWO baguettes; the greens look like a small ficus plant. (Evidently in France you need more than one baguette.)
** It should be noted that in France groceries are never packaged in a brown paper bag. But holding a plastic pouch high enough to conceal his face would not look very natural.
** Also in the same film, Jean-Claude also carries home a baguette for dinner.
* Exaggerated in ''Film/MichaelClayton'': Michael finds Arthur walking with a paper grocery bag filled with nothing BUT baguettes.
* April O'Neil is seen with one with a visible baguette when arriving back to her apartment in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze''.
* Seen in ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx''. The baguette is even wrapped and labeled as such.
* In the first ''Film/DeathWish'', this is one of the ways the police narrow the search for the vigilante: after a subway mugger is killed they find an abandoned bag of groceries on a seat on the train across from his body with a receipt from D'Agostinos in his neighborhood, in which they (correctly) figure the vigilante bought them at the store near his home.
* In ''Film/TheBestOffer'', the hero delivers two grocery bags to his love interst. We see a baguette sticking out from one of them.
* ''Film/MadameRosa'': Maybe, if you actually live in France like Rosa does, it's OK to come home from the grocery with a paper bag that has a loaf of French bread sticking out.
* ''Film/AThousandClowns'': Taken to the point of singularity, when Sandra and Murray are coming back home with the standard grocery bag with the standard loaf of French bread. They greet a neighbor, who ''also'' has the standard paper grocery bag, which ''also'' has the standard loaf of French bread.
* In ''Film/{{Madeline}}'', the shopping includes two baguettes, but instead of protruding from bags, two of the girls sword-fight with them.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'': One episode mentions that every time Greg does the groceries he buys a baguette, even though no one eats it.
* In ''Series/SpacePrecinct'', we see that three-eyed aliens in the future still fill their shopping bags with that mandatory baguette.
* Turns up in ''Series/{{Lovejoy}}'' tv series, the episode "The Axeman Cometh"; possibly the french loaf sticking out of the bag was to hammer home to the audience that the character holding it [[OohMeAccentsSlipping was meant]] to be French.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' 'Deadly Medicine'-Duncan was getting items for an Italian meal, so there were tomatoes, among other things. There was some bread, though, probably for garlic bread. It got knocked to the ground when Duncan was hit by the car.
* In the ''Series/ModernFamily'' episode "Baby On Board," Haley comes home with a paper shopping bag full of groceries so she can cook a special dinner for the family. Guess what's in the bag.
* Parodied in an episode of ''[[Series/DontTrustTheBInApartment23 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23]]'', when Chloe sets up a FunnyBackgroundEvent during a walking conversation with James by stealing a baguette from a passing shopper's bag.

[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy ]]
* Creator/LouisCK must be aware of this trope. After being told by a driver he cut off to "Go suck a bag of dicks!", he proceeds to wonder what a bag of dicks would look like, and whether the dicks would stick out the top like baguettes.

[[folder: This Very Wiki ]]
* The name of BreadEggsMilkSquick.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' with the item [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Stale_baguette "Stale baguette."]] Eating one results in a minor [[GlobalCurrency Meat]] loss, since anybody with the aforementioned baguette is bound to get robbed in a dark alley shortly after purchase.
* Penelo features a fantasy version in [[spoiler:the finale of]] ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' has an occasional pedestrian wandering about carrying a paper bag of groceries. This contains a loaf of bread, a box of cereal, a half-gallon of milk, and some oranges. Unfortunately for VideogameCrueltyPotential, barging into them just causes them to drop the bag, intact, on the ground.
* In the "linked" ending of the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'', Nayru is seen holding such a bag.
* Amy's intro cutscene in ''[[SonicAdventureSeries Sonic Adventure]]''.
* Some of the anti-Resistance propaganda posters in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' feature a woman dropping a bag of ISOStandardUrbanGroceries.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', anyone in the Beauty trainer class is depicted holding one of these in [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:VSBeauty.png their VS artwork.]]
* In ''Antique Road Trip: American Dreamin''' one of the hidden objects you can find in Christmas Alley: Helena, Montana is a bag of groceries with celery sticking out.
* In ''Bella Design'' housewife customers carry a bag of groceries including a baguette and something green and leafy.

* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', a paper grocery bag with a baguette shows up in [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1097 this strip.]] In this case, the baguette is justified as the panel depicts something that happened in France.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Mr. Krabs brings home such a bag in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Wet Painters" (see picture).
* You will at least see Lois in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' heading home with grocery bags like this such as the episode "Brian In Love" when she unloads the bags out of her car before being hose sprayed by Peter.
* Brown paper grocery bags with baguettes can be seen in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "A Rover Runs Through It".
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' features maybe the best known aversion: A very smart little girl marches down the street, constantly reciting, "A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter..." all the way to the store. This line actually predates and goes beyond Sesame Street, the first recorded use was in a WesternAnimation/PorkyPig cartoon, and has been used many times since, including an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' where Johnny recites the mantra, then gets distracted, then returns to his task saying "Now back to getting momma a loaf of buttermilk."

* Much of the pin-up work of Art Frahm concerns the unusual theme of women's panties dropping in a number of improbably contrived situations. Most of these occur, for some reason, in the vicinity of a Standard Urban Grocery bag, and, more specifically, in the vicinity of a Standard Urban Grocery Bag containing ''celery''. Lileks has [[http://www.lileks.com/institute/frahm/ more on the sinister connection]].
* The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/96/Supplemental_Nutrition_Assistance_Program_logo.svg/500px-Supplemental_Nutrition_Assistance_Program_logo.svg.png logo]] of the U.S. SNAP program (aka the Food Stamp Program) is a grocery bag that contains a loaf of bread, a carton of milk, a carton of eggs, an apple, and something that's green (possibly broccoli).
* The [[http://www.sainsburys.co.uk Sainsbury's]] Online Shopper logo is a plastic bag showing, among other indistinguishable packaging, a french loaf, a carton of orange juice, bananas and some kind of lettuce or fresh herbs.
* A commercial for a cable company had the cable installers getting quizzed on various things that happen in movies, including, "In a romantic comedy, a grocery bag will always contain..."