Let's face it; part of the fun of movies is getting to experience things that would be forbidden or just impossible in reality. While many women my age might be wishing they could make out with the actor of their dreams, have superpowers like their favorite hero or may just have Carrie Bradshaw's wardrobe, I've got something else in mind; I want to demolish a trading post during a zombie apocalypse like Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) in 'Zombieland.'
After settling their differences and agreeing not to steal each other's cars or guns, the foursome agrees to ride together across the near-barren country until they reach Pacific Playland, an amusement park that's supposedly zombie-free. The trip is quite lengthy, so of course, a bathroom break and some time to stretch is needed. That's when they arrive at an Indian trading post, a store packed with odd trinkets, hats, clay pots, drums and just about every breakable item you can imagine.
When Tallahassee catches Columbus applying some perfume, it's quite obvious who he's hoping that aroma will attract, Wichita. Tallahassee takes a jab at Columbus for diminishing his chances considering now he smells like a woman and Columbus retaliates by giving Tallahassee a spritz of his own. Tallahassee fights back with his fist, but misses Columbus and winds up knocking over statue instead. And that's when the fun begins.
The crash grabs the attention of the ladies and one-by-one all four contribute to the destruction. And we're not talking about slamming a few more statues on the ground; the group destroys the entire store. There's snow globe smashing, feathers flying, mannequin axing, raccoon baseball and to top it all off, shelf toppling with a domino effect.
As much as the demolition party is a release for the main characters, it's as much of a release for the audience. The scene is just as much fun to watch as it must have been for the actors to create thanks to fantastic direction and cinematography. The slow motion portions let us take in ever shard of glass crashing to the ground, but never slow the pace of the scene. I particularly love the shot of Breslin running down the aisle donning the headdress with a spear in hand as feathers rain down around her and, of course, that big ending during which Tallahassee and Columbus push over one shelf which goes on to knock over the three behind it. Seeing those four shelves tumble over sending dozens of colorful pots over the edge while their contents spill out is absolutely mesmerizing and makes for the perfect grand finale for this sequence.
When the foursome stops to revel in the aftermath before leaving the store, they're all grinning from ear to ear and, even better, I'm grinning from ear to ear, too. I might not be able to apply Columbus' Rule #32: Enjoy the Little Things, in a similar manner, but this moment does make me appreciate the concept far more than I used to. Then again, I guess there's no harm in smashing a plate now and then – as long as own it.
This clip isn't available online, but 'Zombieland' is streaming on Netflix and you can find the trading post scene at the 41 minute mark.