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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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Pleasant, Funny, Better Than Expected

  • Aug 21, 2009
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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 shopper and label lover, is very likeable and funny. She does a number of hairbrained things, but overall, she's a young woman trying to find her way in the world. Her boss, Luke Brandon has his own secrets, and he's trying to find his way in the world. They meet, he's the boss, she's the journalist; and the courting begins. There's some good spirited humor along the way with shopaholic anonymous meetings, Rebecca with her parents (John Goodman and Joan Cusak), and Rebecca with her bohemian roommate. A good bunch of laughs along the way.

I had to remind myself that this film is just PG, and very appropriately rated. The surprising part, the story was sufficiently complex, the humor was not adult at all - but it was funny without being mean spirited, and it explored adult relationships. Kind of refreshing that a reasonably mature film could be seen by everyone and not have lewd humor in it.

I've always kind of liked Isla Fisher. She is radiant in this film. The clothes, the makeup, the hair, all perfection. If I follow the Bridget Jones connection - I liked Renee Zellwiger just a bit more, but they are both excellent. Where Confessions passes Bridget Jones is in the lead male role. Hugh Dancy, who I must have seen in Blackhawk Down, Basic Instinct 2, Saving Grace, and King Arthur; is far superior to Hugh Grant. Dancy played his role much more subdued and caring for Rebecca - he was very believeable and likeable. Grant was just a boor.

Some really nice appearances in this film. John Goodman sort of went back to being a bit like Dan Connor on the Rosanne show; a solid middle of the road dad. Joan Cusak was a good crazy kind of hippie mom. John Lithgow is always fun to see, played the king of the publishing company - something and West. Lynn Redgrave was throwing around her cleavage as a drunk in the bathroom - actually a very funny scene. Fred Armisen from Saturday Night Live makes an appearance as a yes man in the corporate world, unusual to see him in that role. Oh the best best best character was John Salley (the NBA star and winner of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here). It was a small role, but enjoyable.

Technically the film is well made. Good clear steady shots. Sound well recorded with clear dialog. The music soundtrack was decent, Macy Gray sings a good song later in the film. Pacing was OK. A couple of spots when the plot turns direction that could be shortened up. But at an hour forty four minutes, its not too long. A lot happens in the first 15 minutes. Actually so much, I kind of wondered what will happen for the next hour and a half. The film slows down a bit, its less frantic. With 20 minutes to go the film seemed to run out of steam, it made me think about how it could go that much longer. In the end, those were not awful transitions.

As I'd mentioned earlier, rated PG. This is definately a family movie where nobody will be embarassed or have to explain racy jokes. There also are no intense drama moments for children to be scared. They might not 100% understand everything, but they also won't be confused. This movie probably trends more toward a female audience. However, I can see how many men might enjoy the film; on a date, with a spouse, or on their own. Its a good romantic comedy. There was a hint of Sex in the City - probably more for the shopping and label name dropping (not for the Samantha type discussions).

A good pleasurable movie. Everyone will feel good after watching this.

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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 21, 2010
frivolous, fluffy fun. perfect for the beach.
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 . 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 …
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 …
review by . June 26, 2009
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I'm glad a somebody made a chick flick out of shopping. Shopping has probably caused more tensions in relationships than anything (other than in-laws perhaps). This movie highlights some of those tensions in a funny way. Guys will probably recognize a lot of Isla Fisher in their girlfriends, while gals can probably at least their shopping sprees aren't quite so bad. Definitely a fun date movie.
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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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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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