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Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009

A college grad lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur...

Release Date:
February 13, 2009
104 min
P.J. Hogan
Cassidy Gard, Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, ...
Comedy, Romance
English, Finnish

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Imdb rating: 5.8

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Very predictable and lightweight, but cute. "The Notebook" is a hot-fudge brownie sundae; this is a depends on what you're in the mood for.
That was actually a nice chick flick. Of course its cheesy here and there but it's a good film to pass your time.
I really liked this movie! Very cute and romantiiiiic! Hugh Dancy and Isla Fisher are great!
Yeah my favourite movie! I think it's so recognizable... and I love Hugh Dancy!
It's harder to imagine a more anti-Zeitgeist film with worse timing than Confessions of a Shopaholic, the big screen adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's bestselling "chick-lit" novel. With its Sex and the City obsession with high fashion, design brands, and social and professional status, the unrealistically perfect object of desire (handsome, successful, and wealthy), and its general obliviousness to anything unrelated to fashion, shopping or romantic love, Confessions of a Shopaholic feels like an artifact from a less cynical, more optimistic time (i.e., pre-economic recession). Then again, it's hard to argue with Confessions of a Shopaholic as a necessary (for some moviegoers, at least), if temporary, palliative for our increasingly difficult economic times.

Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher), a writer for a small gardening magazine, dreams of joining Alette, a high-fashion magazine named after its European-born publisher, Alette Naylor (Kristin Scott Thomas), and published by Dantay West, a Conde Nast-style corporation that owns and publishes several magazines, including Successful Saving, a personal investing magazine. When Rebecca doesn't get an open position with Alette, she decides to interview for one at Successful Saving. Although she knows little about finance and even less about living within her means, she impresses the publisher of Successful Saving, Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy), with her "out-of-the-box" thinking, charm, spunk, and sense of humor. Brandon also appreciates Rebecca's ability to explain finance in laymen's terms, using shopping and fashion as handy metaphors for personal investing.

All, however, is not well in Rebecca's designer brand-obsessed world. While her roommate and best friend, Suze (Krysten Ritter), helps to make up the difference in her monthly rent check, Rebecca has run up tens of thousands of dollars on her credit cards. An overzealous debt collector, Derek Smeath (Robert Stanton), continually hassles Rebecca to make good on her debt. Instead, she continues to shopaholic ways. Meanwhile, her financial advice column proves to be a hit and her relationship with Brandon begins the obligatory shift from professional to personal (and romantic). As Rebecca battles Alette's personal assistant, Alicia Billington (Leslie Bibb), for Brandon's affections, she continues to dream of joining Alette's staff as a writer. In between shopping binges she can't afford, Rebecca also has to prepare for Suze's impending marriage and a self-help group for recovering shopaholics.

Along with the recent effects-driven adaptation of Peter Pan, director P.J. Hogan has proven himself adept with romantic comedies and relationship dramas (e.g., My Best Friend's Wedding, Muriel's Wedding) and Confessions of a Shopaholic is no different. Hogan keeps Confessions of a Shopaholic moving rapidly from one farcical misstep to another (all of them Rebecca's), rarely letting comic or dramatic momentum slip during Confessions of a Shopaholic's 111-minute running time. It helps, of course, that Hogan has Isla Fisher's charm and comic timing to lean on, but he also benefits from nearly perfect, top-down casting that includes Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack (as Rebecca's mother), John Goodman (as Rebecca's father), and John Lithgow (as the CEO of Dantay West). Hugh Dancy is passable as Rebecca's object of desire, but he his role doesn't call for much range (he's proven himself a stronger actor elsewhere, e.g., Evening, Savage Grace, Beyond the Gates).

Unfortunately, with the country reeling from the worst economic recession since World War II, sympathy for Rebecca's self-destructive behavior is hard to come by. She positively revels in consumer-oriented sprees, describing them in practically orgiastic terms. She may be "addicted" to conspicuous consumption, but that doesn't mean moviegoers should care whether she "recovers" or not. Rumors of early December reshoots, presumably to soften the ending to ensure moviegoers received the consumerism "bad" and heterosexual monogamy "good" message and to make Confessions of a Shopaholic more topical (e.g., a scene involving Rebecca prodding an executive over excessive compensation) suggest that producer Jerry Bruckheimer, working in the unfamiliar (to him) romantic comedy genre, understood the need to make Confessions of a Shopaholic more palatable to anxious, mid-recession audiences. He doesn't quite succeed, but at least he deserves some (not much, but some) credit for trying.
It looks like a Disney Movie. The girl in the movie is retared, and she is trying to be famous, and thats a stupid decision.
I was very excited to see this movie. I was hoping it would have the wit of 27 Dresses and be as hopelessly romantic. It was just hopeless. It seemed like they could have had an interesting movie had they not tried to make it about a shopping habit, that just seemed forced because of the title, and made it about a fashionista journalist who is trying to pursue her goal of writing for a fashion magazine. The whole movie was about her writing, while they just kept trying to make it seem like she's a shopaholic who happens to write. I think it was a poor attempt at another Devil Wears Prada. It even felt like they had the magazine editor just mimic Meryl Streep.
This movie is a insult to women. It celebrates stupidity and mindlessness. Basically its about how unimportant thinking is and how the only source of true fullfillment is mindless consumption. Women should according to this film surrender to their inner Paris Hilton and engage in being mindless bimbos. This movie is a celebration of women's true calling being a airhead and being obsessed with clothes, hair, and of course not taking anything seriously. Women should not according to this film worry about anything, or let anything fill their pretty little empty heads but embrace their true calling being airheads.

The sexism of this movie has to be seen to be believed. Ms. magazine should do a cover story about this one.

The fact that it is also, unfunny, badly acted and filmed along with being horribly written doesn't help. Of course being based on the subnormal chick-lit of Kinsella virtually ensures idiocy.

After having read every Kinsella book and one by Madeline Wickham (her real name), I was so disappointed with the lack of trueness to the books. BUT, that being said, I get it. It's not a book, it's a movie. I managed to drag my husband with me and he found it pretty funny. Not at all what I had hoped it would be, but honestly what I had come to expect. If the timing of its release was about 2 years ago, it would have been much more relavant and I think they would have taken more risks with it.

One last comment... People should know that Suze and her fianc
Movies about flightly women who are addicted to shopping are not funny. They perpetuate really negative stereotypes about women and being irresponsible with money. I walked out of this movie but I am sure our Shopaholic learns the error of her ways and gets the guy to boot
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