Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)


Confessions of a Shopaholic
 
I didn’t grow up in the culture obsessed world of “shopping” nor did my parents spoil me with every fad or trend. Get me inside my favorite retail stores and trust me, I enjoy buying a new pair of shoes or that perfect new outfit for something special (perhaps a bit too much), but for the most part that was not a part of my teen years. However, this movie looked hilarious, add in the fact that the leading man is vastly becoming one of my favorite actors and this film was too difficult to resist.

If there’s sale featuring prestigious fashion lines or brands, Rebecca “Becky” Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is happy. Ever since she was a little girl, Becky has wanted to have what all the grown-ups had – a “magic card.” Now all grown up, and living on her own in New York working at a crummy little magazine, Becky is ready to take the fashion world by storm. Unfortunately her current boss has decided to retire, so her job comes to an end… and the timing couldn’t be worse! Becky has just learned she has a debt of sixteen thousand dollars along with a pesky debt collector at her stiletto heels.

Just when she thinks she can land her dream job she learns that the position has been filled by a high-class more experienced applicant. Through a series of unfortunate events, Becky is unexpectedly hired at a financial magazine run by Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy). Following one mishaps after another, she becomes an overnight sensation as a financial expert columnist – the irony of which is not lost on Becky… or her penchant for spending.
 
No matter how old I get, wholesome films never go out of style. ‘Shopaholic’ is another story that one can be thankful Disney (who have had a string of popular book-to-film successes) snatched up. This was a book-to-screen working script that benefited greatly from the right filmmakers. Based on a best-selling novel, it was jammed-packed with profanity and after only about twenty pages I chose not to finish it.
 
Confessions of a Shopaholic

With that said, Confessions of a Shopaholic is a light-hearted, sparkler of a comedy. The humor is fantastic; Dancy and Fischer are both excellent comedians, albeit for different reasons. Fischer was superb in the leading role, because she managed to make the character of Becky so likable and cute (it would be hard to make that bridesmaid dress actually look wearable! She pulls it off). You are annoyed with her one minute for her lack of self-control and the next you love her for her frivolous personality that while imperfect is endearing. Dancy has officially reached leading man status along with the other numerous box office dudes looking for prime billing space. His character was fun to watch develop because he was so “in control” while at work, but after he meets Becky, he's smitten with her. The complete 180 his behavior takes was adorable and awkwardly sweet.
 
Irrespective of her personality, Becky makes a mess of her life. She weaves tall tales involving her debts in order to “save” herself from embarrassment. In the end through humility, she comes to realize the importance in honesty. Surprisingly this film deals with the serious side of debts incurred and how crippling they can be. Seeing the responsibility Becky (finally) took to rid herself of the problems she made was an important lesson. If I did have one complaint about this production it would have to be the wardrobe, which was too “out there” for my tastes. Since this is a movie centering on clothes and fashion, I had thought they would be fabulous, but nothing seemed to stand out even when you are expecting a character to wear something fabulous. (The pairings were too “busy,” and at the ball the men outshine the ladies looking quite handsome in their tuxedos.)

Petty complaints aside, Confessions of a Shopaholic is 100% darling. In my book, that makes it a must see.
 
CONTENT: a sprinkling of profanity makes litters script, including the phrase “you can stick your job up your a**.” There is some alcohol consumption. An engaged couple is shown living together. A woman is referred to as a prostitute [she isn’t]. Plunging necklines and short dresses are the dress code. The film rates PG.
 
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  1. Oh well, I did like the Shopaholic books, I think they're some of the best representatives of the "chick-lit" genre - which isn't one of my favourites otherwise.
    The movie however belongs to my favourites; you could say there's nothing very special about it, but I just think it has that certain x-factor.

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    1. I tend to be a conservative reader so I didn't like all the profanity in the novel. Had that been toned down, I'd have probably loved them also, Mette as the stories sound SO cute. Did you read all of the books?

      No, this film isn't the most "special" out there but like you say, it's a favorite! There's something really charming about it. :)

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    2. I read most of them... I think there's a new one which I haven't read yet though.

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    3. Good to know, Mette. Thanks! :)

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  2. This is my friend's favorite movie.
    It has some funny parts in it.

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    1. It does have great humor, Ella. Your friend has excellent taste. :)

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  3. I never finished this film, although I want to. It was pretty cute and funny.

    Wow, how long was it since I last commented here? Happy new year, Rissi!

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    1. Really!? Gosh, girl, you should sometime - the ending is adorable. :)

      ...and you have been missed, Jemimah! Hope you visit again soon. Happy 2013 to you also!

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  4. I've only seen this movie once, I wasn't too impressed, but there are some funny parts :)
    xo TJ

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    1. To be honest, TJ, the wardrobe fell really flat for me. Being the sort of film it was, I was expecting to be impressed in that but wasn't. However, in all other regards, I loved this one! It's one of those feel-good movies that just make you smile. :)

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  5. Okay so confession (no pun intended), I LOVED this movie! Like you, Hugh Dancy is one of my faves not only is he a total cutie pie but he's a fab actor. He always seems so likeable. Isla is terrific too and I gotta say also one of my fave actresses even though she hasn't been in too many films that I've wanted to watch lately. The clothes ARE pretty terrible but still this is so fun and now I feel like I need to go watch it again right now LOL! Glad you enjoyed it.

    xoxo,
    Renee C.

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    1. You and I both, Renee! It's a feel-good flick that doesn't require much thought. I like those. ;D

      I wish Hugh and Isla were in more movies that interested me because yes, I like both of them also. He's very cute and he does seem to usually play that likable character we easily root for. Here, he's adorable!

      The clothes were horrible. Certain pieces I liked but not how they were paired. I think it was partly to set Isla's character a part from the polished career women of the fashion world she wanted to be a part of; it was a way to separate her from them and show that she had her own ideas about style.

      I just re-watched it New Year's Eve and enjoyed it as much as ever. :)

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    2. Isla is going to be in The Great Gatsby later this year so that should be interesting! It will be a completely different role from what I'm used to seeing her in.

      xoxo,
      Renee

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    3. Oh, really!? I'd forgotten about her being a part of that cast. That's neat. Since I'm not a big fan of sad endings (and I think that story is a tear-jerker...?), I don't know how well I'll like it but it is on my "to-see" list since I love period drama. :)

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  6. I can't watch this movie often -- it makes me feel guilty for all the stuff I own. =D

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    1. Your comment made me smile, Charity. Gotta' love our materialistic side, right!? :D

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  7. I saw this movie a little while ago, and remember being struck by its over-the-top fun. It's one of those ones that, while being rather unbelievable, is even more enjoyable as a result, if that makes sense!
    Annd, yes, I may or may not love Hugh Dancy, too. . . ;)

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    1. 'Confessions' is over-the-top fun, Jess-Rose! I am always thrilled with it's cute premise and equally cute stars. :) Glad you liked it also - and yes, I know just what you mean about being "more enjoyable." :D

      Hugh Dancy has really become a decent actor in the years since he played the "prince-ly" sort of character. Wish he was in more "good" roles.

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  8. I think I've heard of this one... Sounds like a funny flick that my family can enjoy! :D

    Sorry I've kind of disappeared, our internet went crazy Jan. 1st. The internet company isn't going to repair it until tomorrow. :(

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    1. It definitely is, Rosie! Hope you can see it sometime (if you like this sort of film).

      Ah! So sorry about your Internet connection - I can totally sympathize. Looking forward to your return. :)

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  9. Ha, sounds stupid...but the kind of stupid that I enjoy (isn't it awful? ;). Fun review, I'll probably watch this someday! ;) :)

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    1. This is one of those movies that makes me smile. I love watching it because it's so light-hearted and happy-go-lucky, and given that I'm a happy ending sort of girl, it hits the spot.

      Enjoy if you see it, Charity. :)

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  10. Such a cute movie. Although not squeaky clean, it reminded me of the fun of "Legally Blonde" without most of the content. And, yes, Hugh Dancy . . (but somehow I watched this before I discovered him in the period drama world). It's a cute film that should get more kudos!

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    1. This is actually one of my most favorite movies, Camille. Is it sappy? Yes, but it makes me so happy. :) You made a good comparison there. I'll confess to really liking the Legally Blonde movies but am disappointed by the amount of sexual humor contained in the film. Have you ever seen the "teen" version of those movies? I think it's called Legally Blondes but don't quote me on that. :) It's also adorable albeit much more juvenile.

      Have to agree: This should be noticed more.

      Oooh! Hugh Dancy is always so cute. I just wish he was recognized in movies more often. ;D

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    2. Hmmm . . I haven't heard of the "teen" version of Legally Blonde, is it a series or just a movie? I don't mind sappy or juvenille at all! :)

      One of my favorite comeback lines is from Elle when she is stowed up in her dorm room crying after being dumped. When I don't like what someone says, I whine/scream "LIIAAARRR" and pretend to through a box of chocolates at them (although they usually can't hear me as I frequently use this when I don't like how a plot is progressing in a movie or want to take out my aggression on a villian, teehee).

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    3. No, it's a movie, Camille. It stars a pair of twins from Britain as I recall. I believe at one point I wrote up a review that is not published here - I'll have to find it, "dust it off" and post it sometime. Honestly, the sappier a movie, the more it makes me smile. :)

      I vaguely remember that scene - it's been so long since I've watched that series, which should be corrected considering I, A.) love Reese Witherspoon and B.) am a sucker for any sort of light-hearted rom com, girly flick. :D

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