The coffee giant has starred in “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Sex and the City” and “You’ve Got Mail”
Howard Schultz has had a latte on his mind recently.
The Starbucks chief executive is stepping down in April from his second stint at the top job. The 63-year-old has been in the headlines due to his vocal support of Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential elections and his pledge to hire 10,000 refugees, which led to some customers threatening a boycott. Schultz will remain chairman and oversee an effort to expand a chain of premium Starbucks cafes.
Schultz most famously changed the way Americans drink their joe by popularizing the idea of a coffee shop as a “third place” between work and home. He convinced millions of customers to take a step up from Dunkin’ Donuts and treat Starbucks as a hangout spot, heralding the rise of specialty roasters like Stumptown Coffee. The Seattle-headquartered chain now has more than 23,000 doors worldwide.
As such, it’s unsurprising that Hollywood has a soft spot for the green and black mermaid logo. A decade ago, Starbucks helped fund and market “Akeelah and the Bee,” a movie starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett. Last year, Schultz co-wrote and produced “Upstanders,” a web series of inspiring stories about people who helped their communities.
Here are five famous films in which Starbucks was a star.
1. In “The Devil Wears Prada,” Anne Hathaway is as a PA making coffee runs for a tyrannical magazine editor loosely based on Vogue’s Anna Wintour (Meryl Steep.) In a memorably comic scene, Hathaway’s character is woken at the crack of dawn and given four detailed Starbucks orders.
2. Sandra Bullock plays an FBI agent undercover as a beauty queen in the comedy “Miss Congeniality.” She forces her way through a Starbucks horde by flashing her badge and proclaiming “emergency” in order to—what else?—order 17 different coffee drinks.
3. Dakota Fanning made her breakthrough in “I Am Sam,” but Sean Penn was also critically acclaimed for his scene-grabbing role as a man with development disabilities who works as a barista at the coffee chain. In a poignant moment, his character is shown meticulously rearranging sugar packets just so.
4. New York seems to have a Starbucks on literally every other corner, so it’s not surprising the coffee chain is a fixture in the quintessential Big Apple movie “Sex and the City.” Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw uses the Starbucks in Manhattan’s Astor Place as an interview spot for potential personal assistants.
5. In the love story “You’ve Got Mail,” Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan frequent a New York Starbucks. Hanks’ character muses that the coffee chain is “for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee… for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.”
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