Sunday, February 15, 2009
Movie Reviews: CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC
Rebecca Bloomwood is a sweet and charming New York City girl who has a tiny, little problem that is rapidly turning into a big problem: she's hopelessly addicted to shopping and drowning in a sea of debt. While Rebecca has dreams of working for a top fashion magazine, she can't quite get her foot in the door-that is, until she snags a job as an advice columnist for a new financial magazine published by the same company. Overnight, her column becomes hugely popular, turning her into an overnight celebrity. But when her compulsive shopping and growing debt issues threaten to destroy her love life and derail her career, she struggles to keep it all from spiraling out of control--and is ultimately forced to reevaluate what's really important in life.
Cast: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter
Director: P.J. Hogan
Opened February 13, 2009
Runtime: 1 hr. 52 min.
Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements
Confessions of a Shopaholic is a movie that’s about as light and sugary sweet as cotton candy. Never meant to be taken seriously, this cartoonish comedy is lively and fun throughout only occasionally forced. Director P.J. Hogan creates a candy colored world of fashion and excess that might be off putting to some who make the mistake of taking this film to seriously. Regardless he sets the stage for the impressive Isla Fisher to shine. Fisher’s performance carries this film and makes you overlook some glaring flaws in the films plot and main character. Fisher has an infectious charm that gleams off the screen from the first moment she struts onto the screen. Fisher is a talented comedic actress and this big stage really allows her to show off her abilities. Her excellent performance kind of makes you overlook the fact that the character is insanely selfish and self centered individual similar to P.J. Hogan’s Muriel’s Wedding. The supporting cast is solid and populated by some excellent screen veterans such as Joan Cusack, John Goodman, Kristin Scott Thomas and John Lithgow. Hugh Dancy does a serviceable job as the love interest but is mostly over shadowed by Fisher’s Bloomwood. As mentioned the plot isn’t perfect and considering the current economic climate some might find a romantic comedy about a consumerism run amok off putting. Still, this is a fun light movie that delivers some solid laughs mostly due to Fisher’s wonder turn.