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Photo Booth Montage

A specific form of photo montage.

Some characters, usually a romantic couple, rush into a photo booth, and the audience is treated to a brief montage of the photos they took there. The last picture tells us about the couple in question: if they're becoming True Companions it will be a funny mugshot; if they're becoming more than friends, it will be a surprise kiss or something more serious to suggest the progression. This is a common feature of girls' night out, too, and can usually be spotted as a small part of a greater montage.

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    Anime And Manga 

    Comics 
  • Harley Quinn and the Joker indulge in this.
  • The stoic X-23 and the recently vampirized Jubilee share a moment of bonding with one of these as well.

    Film — Live Action 
  • Superman III has Superman changing into his iconic outfit in one of these.
  • The reveal of the film Her Married Lover is through this.
  • Tracey Berkowitz does one alone in The Tracey Fragments.
  • In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, there's a brief one when Scott is talking to Envy.
  • Mia and her grandmother have one as part of a girls' night out in the film version of The Princess Diaries.
  • Played with in Amélie, which has a montage of the title character looking through other people's discarded photos from such a booth, which her love interest has collected into an album.

    Live Action TV 
  • Mr. Bean once used a photo booth, and this trope, to check the back of his haircut.
  • On Scrubs, JD and Alex do one, and get interrupted by JD's pager.
  • Arrested Development with Buster and the sheep. Soon used again with Lucille getting her grocery store card.
  • In a first season episode of Veronica Mars, a girl manipulates her blackmailing, emotionally abusive boyfriend into doing this so that she and Veronica can doctor the photos to make it look like he is gay, and thus get him kicked out of the navy.
  • The opening credits of early '90s Canadian series Ready or Not features the main characters posing like this.
  • Modern Family's fourth-season "Mistery Date" has one of Manny and Luke under the closing credits.
  • A plot-critical one in Pretty Little Liars: Maya and Emily have their first kiss inside a photo booth. The photos are stolen and used in A's Batman Gambit

    Music 
  • In the video for Aerosmith's "Crazy", the two runaway delinquents (played by Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler) hop into a convenience-store photo booth to change clothes. Averted in that the audience never sees the photos, but the girls hand them off to the store clerk. His reaction to what he sees kinda makes you wish you could have seen the photos.

    Video Games 
  • Rock Band 2 has this in its credits sequence. Each member of Harmonix is given a four-photo strip of whatever they choose while "Night Lies" plays in the background.

    Western Animation 
  • 6teen has one in its opening sequence.
  • Beast Boy and Terra's date in Teen Titans has one of these.
  • The first season finale of Code Lyoko has one as Jérémie lead Aelita through her first day (not really) on Earth.
  • Here is a good one, starring the girls of Totally Spies!.
  • Happens in the intro of Fish Hooks.
  • Platonic version on Jimmy Two-Shoes, between Jimmy and his hero Wreckum.
  • “Eeny Teeny Maya Moe,” an episode of The Simpsons, has a sweet one for Moe and Maya. The same episode has one for Marge and a drunken Homer.
    • "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em" has Lisa in the photo booth with a pair of eels.


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