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A staple trope of romantic comedies, chick flicks and sitcoms. A woman (usually a mother or a mother figure) who wants to spend some Quality Time with her protégé (usually, her daughter) takes the protégé out on a shopping trip, usually to TheMall -- buying dresses and makeup, getting their nails done together, etc. The shopping trip is usually shown as a montage, featuring scenes such as:
* Credit cards being swiped.
* Characters posing in a variety of outfits.
* Shoppers talking to the store attendants.
* The shoppers walking out of a store, carrying heaps of shopping bags and brightly-wrapped packages.
** If they take a guy along, he'll be the one charged with carrying them, typically in the form of a mountain of boxes. He'll also tend to be rather bored or perturbed by the amount of money being spent.
* The shoppers sitting side by side, chatting while the staff does their hair or paints their nails.

Often used in GenderBender stories to exploit the [[FirstLawOfGenderBending (usually male)]] transformee's [[DifferentForGirls discomfort with the whole process]]. Also generally follows RetailTherapy, although individuals going through retail therapy generally shop alone.

See also FashionShopFashionShow. VillainsOutShopping doesn't actually have to involve shopping, but when it does, it's likely that it will involve a montage.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* One of the many, [[BrokenBase MANY]] sources of fan anger in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' was a ShoppingMontage centering on Kira and his friends, run parallel to a pitched battles in which Shinn and ''his'' friends were participating, which many fans felt made the ''Archangel'' crew look selfish and lazy.
* Rangiku Matsumoto from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' defies her captain's orders, as usual, and instead goes shopping and tries on a LOT of different outfits and buys ALL of them.
* In ''KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'', the gender-bent main character goes through this.
* Happens often in ''GirlFriends'' as the main characters go shopping for [[CostumePorn beautiful clothes]].
* TheNineties ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime has one ending theme animation during [=SuperS=] which is the girls having a Shopping Montage with Chibiusa.
---> ''Shopping Spree for Satan Spawn? 12000Yen.''\\
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* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', in this case however the "protégé" is an adult, and the person who takes her shopping is a six-year-old child.
* in ''BlankCheck,'' Preston does this after cashing the blank check to stuff his mansion with toys, while "Money (That's What I want) plays in the background.
** Something like this was also done in ''{{Life-Size}}'', I think. But Lindsay Lohan's character's father also came along. This was when Eve first came and they were at the mall.
* Hilarious subverted in ''Film/{{Wasabi}}'': While his daughter is busy wiping out the store, Jean Reno's character is constantly punching mooks off-screen.
* Rebbecca goes on one in ''AmericanDreamer'', buying [[PrettyInMink loads of furs]] and dresses with shoulder pads (this was TheEighties), and accidentally billing someone else for it all.
* In ''National Lampoon's European Vacation'', the Griswolds do this in Italy.
* Done in the movie ''{{Shooter}}''.
* The Dick Powell film ''Gold Diggers of 1935'' contains one of the earliest examples of this trope.
* Subverted in ''Film/SteamboatBillJr'' when Steamboat Bill, Sr., drags his "sissy" beret-wearing son (played by Buster Keaton) into a haberdasher's -- Buster tries on a dozen hats (including his signature flat porkpie), only for his purchase to blow off as he's walking home.
* ''Film/PrettyWoman''.
* Done in ''Film/DrJekyllAndMsHyde'', where Helen Hyde, fresh from the first transformation, goes shopping for clothes while Jean [=McClain=]'s "Brand New Me" plays. At one point, she attempts to take out a credit card from her wallet, only to pull out Richard Jacks's ID. She quickly puts it away.
* ''[[Film/TheBradyBunch The Brady Bunch Movie]]'' has Mike take the family shopping in celebration of a client approving one of his architectural designs.
-->"Put on your Sunday best, kids, we're going to Sears!"
** ''A Very Brady Sequel'' has the Brady kids visit a new shopping center in preparation for their parents' upcoming anniversary party. They end up spending more time dancing around the place than shopping, with antagonist Trevor wanting no part in their numbers.

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* The new ''Series/BionicWoman''.
* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' does this with alarming frequency, even for a {{shoujo}} {{toku}}satsu.
* Invoked and Subverted on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Tracy and Jenna attempt to get soup for the sick crew, forget, and go shopping together instead. When they try to explain this to Liz the montage begins, complete with "Sharp Dressed Man" playing. But it gets cut off after only a second or two, with Liz saying "Yeah, I get it, you went shopping. I don't need the montage."
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' has this in "The Mark of the Berzerker, part 2" but given a rare GenderFlip with Clyde and his... up until this point... DisappearedDad. Also, it would be better to call it a ''stealing'' montage because [[spoiler:Clyde's father was using a AppliedPhlebotinum alien mind control pendant to convince shop assistants to give away stuff for free, and to stop Clyde from being bothered by this.]]
* Done in an episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' where the cast [[LotusEaterMachine think they've gotten back to Earth]]. Teyla is excited to see Earth, so Sheppard offers to show her (NobleSavage from a preindustrial planet) around. And inevitably ends up subjected to a lengthy shopping spree. Since the "Earth" they're experiencing is largely constructed from Sheppard's memories, this probably says more about his past dating experiences than her.

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[[folder: Theater ]]

* The "One Short Day" number from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' could arguably be this.

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* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', HilarityEnsues when [[TheWoobie Hanners]]' mom stops by and has no idea how to relate to her daughter. Faye suggests they do this, and Hanners' mom agrees. This leads to Hanners' mom forcing her -- hyper-neurotic -- daughter to try on some clothes, which very quickly leads to them getting kicked out of the mall. Instead, they fulfill the usual bonding aspect of this trope by going to a bar and getting incredibly drunk.
* [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120425 This]] Webcomic/GirlGenius has Agatha and Zeetha doing a shopping montage for armor.

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* Such a montage is also featured in an episode of ''TheProudFamily'', when Penny gets a credit card and promptly burns it out shopping with her friends.
* Used as the set-up for one of the subplots in the "Rhapsody in Blue" stage of ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}''.
* ''AllDogsGoToHeaven'' (of all places) features an interesting variation. Anne-Marie is shown reflected on a swiveling full-length mirror as she tries on new clothes. Every time the mirror spins, Anne-Marie has on a different outfit.
* Another Creator/DonBluth movie, ''{{Anastasia}}'' has one too during the song "Paris Holds The Key (To Your Heart)".
* ''TheBoondocks'' when Robert takes his new girlfriend Cristal shopping all while Kanye West's "GoldDigger" plays throughout.
* Hilariously parodied several times in a ''CloneHigh'' episode, including one sequence in which Joan of Arc and Cleopatra purchase prom dresses and lingerie, then buy some Uzis and rob a bank.
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' with Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Bruce Wayne carrying the bags. He's under the effects of Ivy's mind control pollen.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' when Luanne's mother is using Bill to shop what she wants. Sales receipts display on the screen showing how much Bill spent. The montage also show problems with Hank and Luanne.
* It happens in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' when Rocko goes overboard with his credit card, and buys more than he could possibly afford.
* In SupermanBatmanApocalypse, this trope is used to illustrate Kara Zor-El's eagerness to adopt Earth culture.

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