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Confessions of a Shopaholic

2009 P.J. Hogan romantic comedy staring Isla Fisher released February 13, 2009

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STYLISTIC COMEDY--FUN TO WATCH!

  • Jul 2, 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 one feature—well, there is just so much you can do in a couple of hours of movie production.

But, to give the film its due, choosing Isla Fisher as Becky was "spot on," as the British say. She is charming, delightful, and after watching her for awhile, you forget that the film is not really as much like the books as you might hope. And Hugh Dancy—well, he's a "hottie," so it was definitely fun to watch him!

If you want a couple hours of sheer fun, and especially if you haven't read the books, you will find Confessions of a Shopaholic delightful. Four stars worth.

Laurel-Rain Snow
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July 09, 2009
I had high hopes for this film as well. I'm a HUGE Becky Bloomwood fan and find the whole series hysterical and entertaining. Unfortunately, the movie was not. I was so seriously disappointed by the lack of plot and critical details. There is so much about the book that makes the character come alive and it just wasn't present in the film. Isla Fisher gave a good performance though given the script. Thanks for the review!
 
July 02, 2009
You are definitely right about that!
 
July 02, 2009
Thanks so much for reviewing this flick! I have it in my Netflix cue and have been pushing it back little by little. Every once in a while you need a good "chick flick" y'know?
 
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More Confessions of a Shopaholic reviews
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 . 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 …
review by . July 09, 2009
I almost didn’t watch this movie. One of my friends detested it and I trust her judgment and consider her tastes and mine to be pretty similar. However, she has read the book and loved it while I have not read any of the Kinsella novels. I’m writing my review from cluelessness over how the story played out in the book and without comparison between book and film. I loved this movie. Aside from a handful of a-words, several oh God’s, I believe an s-word and a scene of a couple in …
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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 ...
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Movies, Comedy Movies, Romance Movies, Comedy, Chick Flicks, Romantic Comedies, Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella, Isla Fisher

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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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