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Confessions of a Shopaholic Film Review
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Confessions of a Shopaholic starring Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher does a great job acting in the movie, Confessions of a Shopaholic. Her character, Rebecca is funny, quirky and endearing. Isla Fisher plays a shopaholic that especially loves to buy fashion, shoes and accessories.
In Confessions of a Shopaholic, the irony about Isla Fisher's character, Rebecca, is that it is her dream to write for a fashion magazine but she is instead accepted to write for a finance magazine. She certainly does not know how to wisely manage money, as she is addicted to shopping. How will she fare when she is assigned to write for the finance magazine? She knows that finance is not her forte but she is convinced by the company's receptionist that while the fashion magazine might be her "Emerald City", the finance magazine can be her "Yellow Brick Road". He advises her that there is a lot of nepotism and hiring from within in the company. The line is funny, an instant classic, as many of the filmgoers can relate to it in their own job hunting.
The film, Confessions of a Shopaholic might remind us a bit of The Devil Wears Prada because of all the high fashion we get to see but instead of the boss being devilish, the boss is a Prince Charming (Luke played by Hugh Dancy)that falls for Rebecca.
Meanwhile, Rebecca is also in a support group for her shopping habits. Her fellow shopping addicts and the group moderator encourage her to donate all of her excess clothing especially when they see her with some dresses. They march Rebecca right down to drop them off as donations. As soon as she has a chance to be alone again, she heads back to the donation center to retrieve her dresses for only she knows just how important they are to her. The catch is that Rebecca can not get her donations back free of charge. She has to buy them.
Aside from how we love to see romance in the movies, Confessions of a Shopaholic is also a great film to remind us about friendship. For example, when Rebecca is low on cash and has to choose between keeping her bridesmaid dress (for being in her best friend's upcoming wedding) and a dress for a formal event at work, which one does she choose to buy back from the donation center and which one does she allow the donation center to keep? What will be the consequences?
Some may find that the film is over the top and others might think that its elaborateness contributes to making a great comedy. There is an all star cast with Joan Cusack and John Goodman playing the parents of Rebecca (Isla Fisher) but the attention definitely stays on Fisher for the starring role.
I rate it 3/5 stars
Running Time: 104 minutes
Production Companies: Touchstone Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Directed by: P.J. Hogan
Written by: Tracey Jackson and Tim Firth (based on a series of novels by Sophie Kinsella)
Starring: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, and more