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AfterWedding Crashers,Definitely, Maybe, and the underratedLookout, doll-faced Australian transplant Isla Fisher was well positioned to graduate to leading lady. Unfortunately, fellow Aussie P.J. Hogan’s version of Sophie Kinsella’s British book series isn't the best showcase for her talents as the movie is even more shallow and predictable than it sounds (Hogan got his start withMuriel’s Wedding). Fisher plays Rebecca Bloomwood, a writer with more enthusiasm for accessories than articles. When her employer, a gardening magazine, goes out of business, she tries her luck at fashion bibleAlette, but winds up at a dull financial rag instead (Kristin Scott Thomas has glamorous fun playing Alette). Fortunately, her understanding new editor (Hugh Dancy,Ella Enchanted) encourages Becky to develop her own breezy style. Soon, the Girl in the Green Scarf, her columnist alter-ego, is the toast of Manhattan, but the Girl fails to take the same sensible spending advice she dishes out. As her career progresses, her credit card debt increases until a rival (Leslie Bibb) helps to expose her on national television. Everyone abandons Becky, except for her frugal parents (Joan Cusack and John Goodman), until she finds a way to redeem herself. It's hard to argue with the film's message, butConfessionswants to have it both ways: to encourage women to shop until they drop while making them feel lousy about it. As withSex and the CityandThe Devil Wears Prada, costume designer Patricia Field assembles an endless parade of eye-popping outfits--Kathleen C. Fennessy


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Movies, Comedy Movies, Romance Movies, Comedy, Chick Flicks, Romantic Comedies, Sophie Kinsella, Isla Fisher, Shopaholic

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CastHugh Dancy, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb
Genre:  Comedy
Release Date:  February 13, 2009
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  June 23, 2009
Runtime:  104 minutes
Studio:  Touchstone Pictures
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Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
OK, but didn't even come close to doing justice to the books. I was disappointed.
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Well wriiten, all her books so far are good for a lazy afternoon. Glad its successful for her.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Wasn't bad, I just liked her other books a lot better.
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
frivolous, fluffy fun. perfect for the beach.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Light and entertaining.
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
Very cute- especially since I am into fashion!
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
This movie was awful. There was basically no plot and it was extremely boring. I never red the book so maybe that's better...
review by . July 02, 2009
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   I am a big fan of Kinsella's "Shopaholic" books, so I was hoping that this film would bring some of that humor and the sheer audacity of the characters to the big screen. And while I enjoyed the performances of Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood and Hugh Dancy as her boss/love-interest, as usual, the translation to film left out some of what made these books fabulous.       For one thing, taking snippets from each book and trying to position everything into …
review by . August 25, 2009
Then you'll hate this movie.    I've read neither of the books on which these movies are based, so that is NOT factored into my review.    My initial draw to this movie was due to the fact that I thought it MIGHT be a bit like Devil Wears Prada...a comedic insight to a NY fashion focused life.    It was anything but.    The acting was generally horrid, whatever elements of the plot that could have been funny fell totally …
review by . August 21, 2009
A sweet, pleasant, funny movie that has hints of Bridget Jones's Diary (Collector's Edition). This movie is actually a lot better than I expected. Isla Fisher is just about perfect in the role of an addicted shopper. The chemistry with Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy) her boss is solid.     The movie follows Rebecca (Isla Fisher) through her shopping problems, money problems, and romance problems. No its not a movie about problems, that's just the pretext. Rebecca, although an addicted …
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