About 8 years ago, I saw a clip from a movie while I was waiting in a check-out line. In it, a guy was flying a red jetpack for (presumably) the first time. The background to the scene was a couple of gray buildings.

It wasn't a suit, it was a jetpack, and he activated it by doing something with his arms and little joysticks popped up into his hands. He had to maneuver these to fly it.

What movie is this?

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Jingle all the Way

This was one of the standout entries of Arnold Schwarzeneger's family comedy phase. It was released in 1996, and generally gets a lot of play during the Christmas season, so it's conceivable that it could have been playing in a supermarket 8 years ago.

The plot of the movie revolves around Ahnold trying to find a particularly popular action figure (based on a kind of Iron Man/Rocketeer character) as a Christmas present for his son (pre-Star Wars Jake Lloyd, fact fans). At the end of the movie, a chain of wacky hijinks leads to him being in a parade dressed up as the character. The suit has a functioning jetpack, controlled by joysticks popping out of wrists, which he activates in an attempt to save his son from a bad guy.

If you ignore some of the funky editing (added by the uploader), the scene in question is on YouTube:

Although it is a full suit, rather than just a jetpack, it hits too many of your points for me to ignore.

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    This is what I thought as well. Hard to think the OP would forget that Schwarzenegger was in it though. He's one of the few actors that is hard to miss or forget.
    – Firebat
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 0:03
  • That's it! I remember the joysticks popping out just like that. Thx!
    – spelchekr
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 0:19
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    I want to downvote everyone involved here for reminding me that this movie exists.
    – phantom42
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 1:45
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    @phantom42 So, you go suggest The Rocketeer as the answer then.
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 7:19
  • "a chain of "wacky" "hijinks" leads to..." FTFY
    – KSmarts
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 14:56

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