Confessions of a Shopaholic

2009-03-16 15:24
 
Confessions of a Shopaholic

What it’s about:

Struggling with her debilitating obsession with shopping and the sudden collapse of her income source, Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) unintentionally lands a job writing for a financial magazine after a drunken mailing 'incident'. Rebecca's surprising aptitude for financial journalism garners her critical acclaim, public approval, and the admiration of her supportive boss Luke (Hugh Dancy). But as she draws closer to her ultimate goal of writing for renowned fashion magazine Alette, she questions her true ambitions.


What we thought of it:

Ever experience that overwhelming feeling of happiness you get when you buy that pair of shoes you had your eye on for ages, and it's finally yours? Trust me when I say this, we all can relate to Rebecca's "plight".

Anyone who loves fashion and shopping will get it. Think Gucci, Prada, Guess, Louis Vuitton (yes, even the fakes ones), Jimmy Choos and all other labels of love. Rebecca puts that feeling perfectly when she says "You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast? Well that's what it's like when I see a store. Only it's better."

You’ll remember Isla (fiancée to Sasha Baron Cohen) as the neurotic "daddy’s girl" in Wedding Crashers with her insane attempts to ensnare Vince Vaughn's Jeremy. Now take that same quirky character, add a dash of perseverance and a bit more panache (as far as her wardrobe is concerned) and you have Rebecca Bloomwood. She is a slave to fashion (like most women are… and I’m speaking from experience here) even if it drowns her under mounds of debt.

The movie addresses what "shopaholics" regard as a "I just had to have it" feeling (again speaking from experience here, especially when spotting a sale banner hanging in the window of a Nine West store). Sure, reality catches up with us at some point, and soon bills need to be paid. But how can you blame Rebecca's indulgence when she’s living in New York, a city that has a sale every time you blink? Fate soon lands her in a position not befitting a respected financial "whiz". Talk about ironic. But with her cute editor (a rather luscious-looking Dancy) at her side, she knows anything is possible, and has to risk it all to face up to her crippling habit.

Throw in a nasty debt collector who Rebecca avoids at every cost, a bitchy rival (Leslie Bibb), supportive friends, counselling from Shopaholics Anonymous, and you have a romcom guaranteed to keep you laughing, despite the fact that Rebecca's behaviour refects the problems of reckless spending and easy credit that have plunged the world into the current recession.

The storyline is really predictable. But now and then you need to be taken away from your financial woes and just let it be. You’ll become so entranced by Rebecca's world that everything else just seems mundane for that moment.


A college grad lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur.

Anna 2009/03/18 7:20 AM
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What an awesome movie!! So refreshing to just see none of the usual murder, swearing, sex etc. we come to expect from most Hollywood movies!! Had so much fun watching it!
Thando 2009/03/22 5:59 PM
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This is by far the best movie I've seen in awhile.It was well thought through and very captivating.
sandy 2009/03/25 12:09 PM
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its good no its cool no its super duper hot go out and check it out
Shopperholic myself 2009/03/31 11:40 AM
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Completely loved this movie. its a must watch. funny and pretty much a bit of reality for us woman
TK 2009/08/27 10:57 AM
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I enjoyed the movie so much that it got me thinking that I should change mylife and be responsible. What is sai in the movie is so true and the feeling you get when you wear a new thing is a good one until it becomes old
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