I didn’t grow up in the culture obsessed world of “shopping” nor did my parents spoil me with every fad. However if you get me inside my favorite retail store, I enjoy buying new fashion pieces (perhaps a bit too much). This movie did look hilarious and plays into that this cultural mentality. Add in the fact that the leading man is one of my favorite actors and this film is irresistible.
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Film Review
If there’s designer sale (or even not), Rebecca “Becky” Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is happy. Ever since she was a little girl, Becky wants to have what all the grown-ups have; a “magic card.” Now all grown up, living in New York, she works at a crummy little magazine, she’s ready to take the fashion world by storm. Unfortunately her current boss decides to retire, so her job comes to an end, and the timing cannot be worse! Becky has a debt of sixteen thousand dollars along with a pesky debt collector hot on her stiletto heels.
Just when she thinks she can land her dream job, the position fills. Through a series of unfortunate events, Becky is unexpectedly hired at a financial magazine run by Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy). Following one mishap after another, she becomes an overnight sensation as a financial expert columnist. The irony of which is not lost on Becky, or her penchant for spending.
No matter how old I get, wholesome films never go out of style. Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic is another story that fits this mold. This is a book-to-screen working script that benefits greatly from the right filmmakers. When I did try to read the novel, it’s to discover it’s full of profanity and after only twenty pages, I DNF’d.
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In this medium, Confessions of a Shopaholic is a sparkler of a comedy. The humor is fantastic; Dancy and Fischer are both excellent comedians, albeit for different reasons. Fischer is superb in the lead role because she manages to make the character of Becky so likable and cute (it would be hard to make that bridesmaid dress actually look good! She pulls it off). She annoys us with her lack of self-control one minute, and the next you love her for her frivolous personality. Dancy is officially leading man status. His character is fun to watch develop because he’s so “in control” while at work, but after he meets Becky, he’s smitten. The complete 180 his behavior takes is adorable and awkwardly sweet.
Because she makes a mess of her life, in the end through humility, she comes to realize the importance of honesty. Surprisingly this film deals with the serious side of debt, and its crippling effect. Seeing the responsibility Becky (finally) takes correct the problems she makes is an important lesson. If I do have one complaint about this production, it’s the wardrobe, which is too “out there” for my tastes. (The pairings are too “busy,” and at the ball the men outshine the ladies looking quite handsome in their tuxedos.)
Petty complaints aside, Confessions of a Shopaholic is 100% darling. In my book, that makes it a must see.
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CONTENT: a sprinkling of profanity makes litters script, including the phrase “you can stick your job up your a**.” There is some alcohol consumption. An engaged couple is shown living together. A woman is referred to as a prostitute [she isn’t]. Plunging necklines and short dresses are the dress code. The film rates PG.