Grab your purses and credit cards, ladies. This one is all about shopping. Purchases made at high quality stores in New York. For those of you that love to shop, this movie would be pure heaven. Although, the movie does show us what can happen if shopping is out of control, like it was for the main character, Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher).
Rebecca is a college graduate who takes on a job with a frugal spending magazine, after losing her other job as a writer for another magazine. She doesn’t want to be associated with the magazine, so she goes by a pen name, “The Girl in the Green Scarf”.
After writing her first article, Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy) turns it down, as it sounds as though it comes straight from “Money for Dummies”, a book she has purchased the night before. She begins to write another article. This one becomes an immediate hit. She associates writing for this magazine with the use of her credit cards and then ideas come to mind easily for the shopaholic.
Throughout the film, she spends, spends, spends, landing herself in a debt of $15,000. Her best friend, Suze (Krysten Ritter), tries to help release her from the urge to splurge by signing her up with shopaholics annoymous.
She spends herself into debt so deeply that a collection agency begins to interrupt her life, via phone calls, then by personal visits. She lies to everyone, telling them this man, Derek Smeath (Robert Stanton) is an ex-boyfriend playing stalker.
Her parents are very frugal with their money and tried to instill the same in their daughter. Father Graham Bloomwood (John Goodman) and mother Jane Bloomwood (Joan Cusack) love to shop at thrift stores and garage sales. While they seem like patient, kind, loving parents, their intentions just didn’t work out with Rebecca.
The movie was very predictable, leaving nothing for surprise. Shopping for a new movie came to mind during the viewing. Parts had a couple of good, quirky lines, but overall it was not a good experience.
Casting was good for Confessions of a Shopaholic. Each actor portrayed their parts well, but the script and directing left a lot to be desired. The film had a tiny feel of Bridget Jones’ Diary to it, with the clutsy, out of sorts girl trying for the British man, however it wasn’t close when it came to the brilliance of the characters.
It was good to see Goodman, Cusack, Lynn Redgrave, and Julie Hagerty again. They played their parts well, although it would have been nice to see them act in great roles instead.