Hollywood has taken some liberties over the years in its interpretation of the world; even cell phones have not been spared from its sometimes-exaggerated portrayals. Below are some of the better examples of the entertainment industry’s take on business communication.

First, let’s look back at the the first cell-phone commercial from Centel to get Hollywood’s (and advertising’s) view of the future of cell phones.

“Family Guy” broaches the topic of cell-phone etiquette.

This “Scrubs”¬†clip reminds us that choosing a ringtone is not something that should be done lightly.

“The Bourne Ultimatum” reminds us that cellphones are not a universally secure means of communication.


And finally we have “The Dark Knight.” Batman uses a particularly clever cell phone hack to find the Joker.

For the final word on Hollywood and cell phones, we have to remember Maxwell Smart’s Shoe Phone from the award-winning television show Get Smart. The CIA has a great page on the shoe phone which touts it as one of the most famous props in pop culture.

There are, of course, many more examples of cell phones in pop culture. Link to any good ones in the comments.