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 The Mall
— 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.
- A Shockingly Expensive Bill at the end.
Often used in Gender Bender
stories to exploit the (usually male)
transformee's discomfort with the whole process
. Also generally follows Retail Therapy
, although individuals going through retail therapy generally shop alone.
See also Fashion-Shop Fashion Show
. Villains Out Shopping
doesn't actually have to involve shopping, but when it does, it's likely that it will involve a montage.
Anime and Manga
Films — Animated
- One of the many, MANY sources of fan anger in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny was a Shopping Montage 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 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 Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, the gender-bent main character goes through this.
- Happens often in Girl Friends as the main characters go shopping for beautiful clothes.
- The '90s Sailor Moon anime has one ending theme animation during SuperS which is the girls having a Shopping Montage with Chibiusa.
- In episode 16 of Your Lie in April, Kaori has Kousei accompanying her to the mall, shopping various item ranging from clothes to dolls to stationery for her one day out of the hospital. She makes him bring a lot of her belongings and missed his lesson in the process.
- Serena and Bonnie take Diancie on one in Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. Ash and Clemont are very bored the whole time.
- A variant of this happens in Episodes 6 and 8 of Gourmet Girl Graffiti when Kirin and Ryou go grocery shopping together.
Films — Live-Action
- Used as the set-up for one of the subplots in the "Rhapsody in Blue" stage of Fantasia 2000.
- All Dogs Go to Heaven (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 Don Bluth movie, Anastasia has one too during the song "Paris Holds The Key (To Your Heart)".
- In Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, this trope is used to illustrate Kara Zor-El's eagerness to adopt Earth culture.
- The new Bionic Woman.
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon does this with alarming frequency, even for a shoujo tokusatsu.
- Invoked and Subverted on 30 Rock. 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."
- The Sarah Jane Adventures has this in "The Mark of the Berzerker, part 2" but given a rare Gender Flip with Clyde and his... up until this point... Disappeared Dad. Also, it would be better to call it a stealing montage because Clyde's father was using a Applied Phlebotinum 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 Stargate Atlantis where the cast think they've gotten back to Earth. Teyla is excited to see Earth, so Sheppard offers to show her (Noble Savage 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.
- The "One Short Day" number from Wicked could arguably be this.
- Such a montage is also featured in an episode of The Proud Family, when Penny gets a credit card and promptly burns it out shopping with her friends.
- The Boondocks when Robert takes his new girlfriend Cristal shopping all while Kanye West's "Gold Digger" plays throughout.
- Hilariously parodied several times in a Clone High 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 Batman: The Animated Series with Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Bruce Wayne carrying the bags. He's under the effects of Ivy's mind control pollen.
- King of the Hill 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 Rocko's Modern Life when Rocko goes overboard with his credit card, and buys more than he could possibly afford.