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Webster defines “shopaholic” as: one who is extremely or excessively fond of shopping.
Rebecca Bloomwood (played by the bubbly Isla Fisher) has surrendered herself to such a disease since discovering the blessings that credit cards can bring. Unbeknownst to our heroine, the side effects include an excess of $16,000 debt and Derek Smeath, the painfully persistent bill collector. Throw in a poorly-timed layoff and Rebecca has more problems on her hands than credit cards.
Fed up with her lack of success and feeling the effects of a bottle of tequila, Rebecca’s life is turned around after she accidentally submits an article to Successful Saving, the local financial magazine. Luke Brandon (played by the dashing Hugh Dancy) hires her on the spot and gives her a column that eventually becomes “The Girl in the Green Scarf.” Rebecca’s popularity soars to new heights as she tries to balance fending off the illusive Derek Smeath, catching the welcome attentions of Luke Brandon, and managing her shopaholic tendencies.
Based off the wildly successful book by Sophie Kinsella, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” has captured the hearts of many women with such an addiction. After perusing through the book’s contents, I had the greatest desire to see these characters brought to life.
In an interview that Kinsella did for bookreporter.com, the author describes how everyone can relate to Rebecca’s mannerisms, “I think there is a bit of [Rebecca] in all of us. People love to laugh at their own flaws — and who hasn’t bought some totally useless item because it was half-price? She is in some ways shallow and silly, but she is also incredibly warm, loving and feisty — and always resourceful.”
Roger Ebert summed it up perfectly when he said, “[The film] is no masterpiece. But it’s funny.” He believed that the film was more bearable than “Sex and the City” because of the physical comedy that Rebecca’s portrayer, Isla Fisher, pulls off seamlessly.
“Confessions of a Shopaholic” was bright and funny film. For once, the book seems to be eclipsed by the film because of one factor: clothes, clothes, and more clothes. Rebecca was indefinitely more interesting when the bright colors of Gucci and Prada reflected off her baleful eyes.
My Rating: ******* (7 out of 10)
Who would love this? Women mature enough to have racked up some shopping debts.
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