Confessions of a Shopaholic
Romantic Comedy (2009)
It will never be a classic. It is predictable and funny just like a romantic comedy should be. It is not supposed to have a moral. It is not supposed to explain the psychological intricacies of compulsive buying disorder.
It is just supposed to be silly and funny and not make you think. It is no wonder it got mostly terrible reviews by the elitist reviewers. If it didn't, there would have been something wrong with it. It accomplishes exactly what it professes to accomplish, make you relax and have a good time.
You will be laughing.
Young Rebecca is struggling to support her shopping habit with a low paying writing gig. When the magazine folds she goes looking for her dream job. Ironically, she lands at another magazine writing about financial responsibility, the exact opposite of Rebecca's own reality.
Predictably, she hits it off with her new insanely rich and handsome boss. They get each other in the end just like they're supposed to in a romantic comedy.
Along the way, we're treated to Rebecca's hilariously twisted logic that doesn't make any sense to normal people. But don't take my word for it, laugh for yourself.
It might not be the kind of movie you have to watch over and over again to catch the deeper meaning of the dialog. I am, however, confident that it will give you a lift every time you watch it. Share it with a friend or ten.
It may have the appearance of a low budget, slapstick farce, but make no mistake. Real comedy takes real talent and this movie draws on such stars as Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Lynn Redgrave, and many others of your favorite actors.
Even these seasoned actors are no match for Isla Fisher as Rebecca Bloomwood. She is so cute.
This is a chick flick, pure and simple. Do not attempt to get your husband or boyfriend to watch it with you. He is not likely to appreciate it. If he does watch it, be especially appreciative. It is a special gift of presence from him to you.
In the unlikely event he suggests it, pay attention. He might be trying to tell you something you don't want to hear.
The movie is based on a series of books about a shopaholic written by British author Sophie Kinsella. Her unique sense of humor is contagious and irresistible. Try one.
Beyond the Movie - The Dark Side
The movie is not supposed to dig deep into the psychology of compulsive buying disorder, but its comedic setting is more than a stereotype. It is also reality for a growing number of young folks leaving the parental nest completely unprepared for the barrage of credit card offers college students are pelted with these days.
People who have this problem are most often in denial and it is difficult to help them kick the habit. Confessions of a Shopaholic could be the non-threatening intro you need to bring up the subject with your best friend. Get some popcorn and snuggle up with her on a rainy and cold Friday night. Be prepared for your new role as therapist.