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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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Was Told to Avoid It and Ended Up Liking It.

  • Jul 9, 2009
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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 bed (just there, not doing anything) this is a clean and charming movie. A scene of credit card bill totaling performed while tossing back shots of tequila ended up being a bad idea when a wrong letter is mailed to the wrong person -- which could make for a great discussion opener on the consequences of drinking. I think I can recommend it for family viewing, not only because of what it lacks (sex and over the top innuendo and crudeness) but for what it portrays. The main character (Fischer) has a big problem that she has to come to grips with once her life falls down around her darling half-off boots. She struggles and lies and makes some really poor choices but sucks it up and chooses to grow up, becoming an excellent and charming role model in the process.

Isla Fisher is an expressive actress and her character Rebecca Bloomwood reminded me of Elle from Legally Blonde, a smart-cookie bubblehead with a big, sweet heart. Hugh Dancy is aw-shucks with a British accent hunky. The elements of romance aren't totally believable, this is chick-lit translated to chick-flick after all, but sweet and fun. The plot line has predictability since it follows those genre guidelines. A lot of physical humor, some fun special effects (talking/gesturing mannequins), and lots of color and textures make it visually appealing. We rented it because my daughter wanted to see it. I liked Confessions so much that I watched it a second time when she invited friends over to view it. Out of four picky females and one male, the consensus was that there will be some copies purchased for personal film libraries, including us, we will be buying this movie.

Bottom line. If you've read the book, keep looking at reviews to determine if this novel to film will work for you. If you haven't read it and are looking for a fun, sweet film reminiscent of Legally Blonde, you could do far worse.

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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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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, Sophie Kinsella, Isla Fisher, Shopaholic

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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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