Release Date: February 13th, 2009
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Normally I would not be one to just go see this type of movie. However, it was Valentine's Day and the girlfriend gets to choose so I saw Confessions Of A Shopaholic.
Confessions Of A Shopaholic, derived from the book by the same name and written buy Sophie Kinsella, follows the story of Rebecca Bloomwood, a girl whose parents were extreme bargain shoppers and savers when she was young, only allowing Rebecca to have discount off-brand things. It was this that transformed her into a compulsive shopper with 12 credit cards, all of which she used religiously. Rebecca's dream is to one day work at Allete, the premiere fashion magazine. But, when she buys a green scarf and gets a $900 credit card bill, and the magazine she works for goes bankrupt, Rebecca loses her job, her source of income and ultimately the fuel of her insatiable desire to buy. When her spot at Allete is taken, Rebecca does the next best thing, she gets a job at a money magazine about debt and saving which is ironic because throughout the movie Rebecca is followed closely by a hungry debt collector who wants nothing more than to get her. Rebecca falls in love with her editor but is simultaneously lying to him about her debt and her interest at his magazine, which is in the same family as Allete. Through the course Rebecca goes through many twists and turns and even a shopaholics anonymous meeting all while trying to make it to the top.
Isla Fischer(Hot Rod, Wedding Crashers) plays Rebecca. The Scottish-born actress, who was raised in Australia, portrays the fun-loving shopaholic perfectly. You can really get a sense of the priorities in her life. Relative newcomer Hugh Dancy plays Rebecca's love interest Luke Bryan, the editor at the magazine Rebecca works at. A quaint British character, Dancy's role is one that audiences will be drawn to, his unique style and characteristics make him a lovable character. These two young actors, however, do share the spotlight with a few well-known celebrities. Joining Fischer and Dancy are the likes of Joan Cusak and John Goodman, who play Rebecca's quirky parents, and John Lithgow, who is the head of the magazine firm that houses both Allete and Rebecca's job at the money magazine.
Overall I actually didn't hate this semi-romantic, chick-flick movie as much as I thought I would. It was actually pretty funny and enjoyable to watch. You don't get the chick-flick feel that you think you would. And its not like a dull romantic-comedy either. The movie leans more to the comedy side than the romantic side but is still a movie primarily shot towards the female audience. However, I think the big name actors that were in this movie, though they did very well in their roles, were under used for their talents. But, I liked this movie and so did my girlfriend and any guy knows that if the girlfriend is happy then the guy is happy. A good movie to see on a date or, in my case, on Valentine's Day. I give Confessions Of A Shopaholic 7 crazed shopaholics out of 10
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