In Honor of 7-Eleven's Birthday, A Brief History of Convenience Stores in Movies
Falling Down (1993)
Convenience stores haven't just been used as the setting for robberies and feats of robot revenge though. They've been used as the location for amber-hued mental breakdowns, like in Joel Schumacher's crime drama about a man (Michael Douglas) pushed to violent rampage over the outrageous costs of a "stinkin' soda" in this Korean bodega.
Reality Bites (1994)
And they've hosted impromptu dance parties, like in Ben Stiller's Generation X rom-com Reality Bites when Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn demand that a clerk crank up The Knack's "My Sharona."
Kevin Smith took full advantage of the convenience store in his career-making film Clerks. Set in the New Jersey store where the director was actually working at the time, the black-and-white indie captured a day in the life of two store employees and their friends as they bemoan their stations in life and discuss important things like Jedi politics.
Bad Boys (1995)
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence were able to figure out a crucial case clue at the convenience store in Michael Bay's Bad Boys while waiting for Téa Leoni to pick out some hair product.