December 16th, 2011
09:45 AM ET
There are only 8 shopping days left to find holiday gifts, and less than that if your family will be frying latkes.
As a result, your local shopping mall may be terrifyingly packed, and for many Americans, the thought of parking lots, bypassing kiosk salespersons, and dining at the food court isn’t high on the to-do list.
Next to high school, the shopping mall is probably the most popular setting in the suburban genre. So if you’re set on fighting the crowds and can tolerate the offers to floss your eyebrows, I’d recommend watching some movies that have featured these suburban jungles. At least then you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll be getting yourself into before heading out.
Tell us what films you think best capture a trip to the mall. Here are our picks:
1. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982): “Look at you: member of the honor roll, assistant to the assistant manager of the movie theater. I'm tellin' ya, Rat, if this girl can't smell your qualifications, then who needs her, right?” – Mike Damone
2. "Mallrats" (1995): “Eateries that operate within the designated square downstairs count as food court. Anything outside of said designated square counts as an autonomous unit for mid-mall snacking.” – Brodie
3. "Dawn of the Dead" (1978): As the synopsis goes, “Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.”
4. "Scenes from a Mall" (1991): “Eleven hundred bucks for sushi already. That's a lot of dead fish.” – Nick Fifer
5. "Bad Santa" (2003): Tagline? “He doesn't care if you're naughty or nice.”
"Observe and Report" (2009): A more vulgar version of "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."
"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" (2009): For more vulgarity, see "Observe and Report."
"Night of the Comet" (1984): “THE STORES ARE OPEN!” – Regina Belmont
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