Confessions of A Shopaholic (Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack, John Goodman) 2009

Posted: November 11, 2012 in Comedy

Rebecca Bloomwood (Fisher) is a journalist, who wants to work for a fashion magazine called Allette.  When she gets to the fashion magazine interview, the job is filled, but the front desk guy says they are hiring at Successful Savings, a financial magazine, and that Successful Savings is part of the group of magazines that owns Alette.  Rebecca has no choice to go to the interview, she’s just been laid off, and she’s a shopaholic, with thousands of dollars in debt, and she’s being followed by a debt collector named Derek Smeath (Robert Stanton) Amazingly Rebecca gets the job after sending her boss, Luke Brandon (Dancy) a letter comparing economics to shopping, after a night of drinking with best friend and roommate  Suze. (Krysten Ritter) Suddenly Rebecca writes an article about Annual Percentage Rates, Luke loves it and gives Rebecca her own financial column, and her own Nom De Plume, the Girl with the Green Scarf.

Rebecca is falling for Luke, but she has a romantic rival, named Alicia (Leslie Bibb) from Allette, So does Rebecca stay with Successful Savings, or jump to Alette?  What happens when she meets up with Derick Smeath?  Does she ever make it out of debt, does she get to be a maid of honor at Suze’s wedding?

 

I wanted to like this movie, I really did, I like Isla Fisher, she was fantastic in Definately Maybe, and she tries hard to win the audience over with her bubbly likeable personality, but the script fails her and makes her seem like a dunce. I know women fight over store sales, I’ve seen the videotape from Filene’s but multiple scenes of women fighting make Fisher look bad and make women look bad.  Fisher’s Valley Girl accent doesn’t help, I know she was trying to cover up her British accent, but this accent works against her.  And oh by the way a boss interested in his new employee is a little thing called harassment.  And what’s with all the drinking?  Every second Fisher seems to be shoving a drink down her gullet.  Is this Confessions of a Shopaholic or Confessions of an Alcoholic?  The problem with the script is that it is way too predictable I knew from minute one what was going to happen.  And everything I thought was going to happen DID happen.  Isla Fisher deserves better.

 

Confessions of a Shopaholic.  Hardly addictive.

 

 

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Comments
  1. Did you read the book? The book by Sophie Kinsella is charming…actually the whole Shopaholic series, but the grain of salt would be its genre: chick-lit. Thoughtful review. 🙂

  2. One of my friends (female) read the whole series of books, and urged me to watch the movie. The movie actually made me want to read the books less! 🙂

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