Scenes from a Mall

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Scenes from a Mall (Touchstone Movie)

“Scenes from a Mall” is a 1991 comedy film directed by Paul Mazursky. The movie stars Bette Midler and Woody Allen as Deborah and Nick Fifer, a married couple celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary with a shopping spree at a Los Angeles mall.

The story unfolds on the day of their anniversary as the couple sets out to enjoy a day of shopping and relaxation. However, their seemingly perfect life is soon unraveling as they confront personal and relationship issues that have been simmering beneath the surface.

As they stroll through the mall, Deborah and Nick’s pent-up frustrations and secrets begin to emerge. The film delves into themes of marital discord, mid-life crises, and the challenges of maintaining intimacy and communication in a long-term relationship.

Throughout the day, Deborah and Nick engage in heated arguments, revealing their insecurities and fears. They question the future of their marriage and ponder whether they are still compatible. The mall setting serves as a backdrop for their emotional rollercoaster, highlighting the superficiality of consumerism against the deeper complexities of human relationships.

“Scenes from a Mall” is driven by the witty and candid performances of Bette Midler and Woody Allen. Their on-screen chemistry and comedic timing create a realistic portrayal of a couple navigating the ups and downs of their marriage.

The film received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, with praise for the lead actors’ performances but criticism for the film’s inconsistent tone. Despite its reception, “Scenes from a Mall” has garnered a following among fans of Woody Allen’s works and those who appreciate insightful explorations of marriage and human dynamics.

While not one of the most well-known films in the careers of Bette Midler and Woody Allen, “Scenes from a Mall” remains a touchstone for those interested in character-driven comedies and an exploration of the complexities of long-term relationships.

Additional Details


  • Bette Midler: Deborah Fifer
  • Woody Allen: Nick Fifer
  • Bill Irwin: Mime
  • Daren Firestone: Sam
  • Rebecca Nickels: Jennifer
  • Paul Mazursky: Doctor Hans Clava
  • Marc Shaiman: Pianist
  • Joan Delaney: Woman interviewer
  • Fabio Lanzoni: Handsome Man
  • Dealin LaValley: Waiter


  • Director: Paul Mazursky
  • Producer: Paul Mazursky
  • Screenplay: Paul Mazursky and Roger Simon

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