Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)


They said I was a valued customer. Now they send me hate mail.

— Rebecca Bloomwood

One of my Facebook friends, Stephen Guarino was talking that he was in the movie that I am reviewing now, Confessions of a Shopaholic that was released earlier this year. He played the receptionist at Alette magazine.

I completely ignored this movie when it came out because of the economic downturn. Here is a movie about spending frivolously and accumulating a massive amount of debt to make yourself fell better. It had a lukewarm reception at the box office. I completely understand why. It’s not good.

Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is a frustrated journalist that is working at a job that she hates. The remedy for her blues to buy latest fashion accessories. Price is not a factor for her. She has her magical cards (credit cards) to help her get whatever she wants.

As you can tell from the title, Rebecca is addicted to shopping. She is living beyond her means. Debt collectors are constantly calling her. Side note: a debt collector can call you and mail you letter, but they cannot physically come to your apartment.

She has a chance encounter with a dashing magazine editor, Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy) when she is trying to buy a green scarf on multiple credit cards.

Luke hires Rebecca as new columnist as Successful Saving for a mistake she made when mailed two similar looking letters to Luke and to Alette Naylor (Kirstin Scott Thomas) where her dream job she wants.

Rebecca calls her column, “The Girl in the Green Scarf”. This is the ultimate bit of irony that a woman with massive debt to telling readers how to be careful spenders. Everybody that Rebecca meets thinks that she is genius that “insightful” advice that she gives. She is not. She is vapid stereotype of what a woman is supposed to be.

She is klutz that has a debt collector, Derek Smeath (Robert Stanton) after her. She tries to hide her debt from Luke and her family. All kinds of hijinx occur to the cliched conclusion.

This movies does not portrayed women in the best light. Every time that a woman sees something that she likes, she turns into Shopzilla wants to devours another woman whole to get the latest pair of Gucci boots or a Nancy Gonzalez purse. If I was woman, I would be offended.

The story is typical and contrite. The “jokes” feel flat and obvious. The romance between Luke and Rebecca was convienvent. Nothing transcendent.

Judgment: If you want to mock a movie, this is it.

Rating: **


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on August 8, 2009, in 2009, Comedy, Romantic and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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