CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC
Charming Comedy About Facing Up to Truth
Release Date: February 13, 2009
Starring: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy,
Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack,
John Goodman, John Lithgow,
Kristin Scott Thomas, Wendie
Malick, Fred Armisen, Julie
Hagerty, Leslie Bibb, Robert
Stanton, and Lynn Redgrave
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Touchstone Pictures/Walt
Director: P. J. Hogan
Executive Producer: Mike Stenson, Chad Oman and
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Writer: Tracey Jackson, Tim Firth and
Address Comments To:Robert Iger, President/CEO
The Walt Disney Company
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Films, and Buena Vista Distribution)
Dick Cook, Chairman
The Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
Based on the novels by Sophie Kinsela, the movie stars Isla Fisher as Rebecca Bloomwood, a young journalist in Manhattan who is running up credit card bills because she can’t stop buying things. Rebecca is dying to write for Alette, who runs Rebecca’s favorite fashion magazine. She gets there too late for one job with Alette, but the male receptionist tells her about a job opening at another of the company’s magazines, Successful Savings, a business publication. If she gets a job there, he says, she may work herself up the ladder to her dream job.
The young editor of the business magazine, Luke Brandon, turns out to be the young executive who gave her some money to buy a green scarf earlier that day. She had to lie to him about the scarf being for her dying aunt, however. The interview doesn’t go well. Rebecca tries to drown her sorrows with her roommate and best friend, Suze. Suze encourages her to write a nasty letter to Luke and send a column for Alette to get her attention. They mix up the two, however.
In one of several very funny scenes, Rebecca manages to retrieve the nasty letter before Alette opens it. To her surprise, Luke loves Rebecca’s take on fashion and wants to hire her as a regular columnist. Rebecca is afraid, however, that her credit card history will get her fired. She convinces Luke to let her use a pseudonym for the column. He comes up with the idea to label her as “The Girl in the Green Scarf.”
To everyone’s surprise, Rebecca’s use of her own experiences to describe business becomes extremely popular. Her writing even gets the attention of Alette. One of her creditors is trying to track her down, however. A series of white lies gets her out of trouble with Luke, but it’s only a matter of time before he finds out that she can’t manage her own finances. Her problem is further complicated by the fact that she and Luke are falling in love.
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC has several hilarious scenes. Isla Fisher does a great job of bringing Rebecca to life. You want her to succeed, despite her shopping addiction and lying to cover it up. The good news is that the truth does come out, Rebecca changes her ways and, in doing so, convinces Luke to start his own magazine
The movie makes it clear that the heroine’s materialistic shopping addiction and lying are wrong. They eventually catch up with her, and she has to change, with the help of a recovery group. There is only one visual reference to God, however. The movie also has plenty of mostly light foul language. Finally, there is one scene where Rebecca goes into her roommate’s bedroom to talk with her and the roommate is shown lying under the covers with her fiancé.
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC has several hilarious scenes. Isla Fisher does a great job as Rebecca. You want her to succeed, despite her shopping addiction and lying to cover it up. The good news is that the truth does come out, and Rebecca changes her ways, with the help of a recovery group. There is only one visual reference to God, however. The movie also has plenty of mostly light foul language. And, it is implied that Rebecca’s roommate is sleeping with her fiancé.