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Summary: An interview mix-up leads a girl aiming for a fashion job to instead be hired for a financial journalism position. Hilarity ensues as she nurtures her shopping addiction while falling for her new boss and trying to win over the fashion editor as well.
Though there are a handful of laughs, there are far too many cringe inducing moments in "Confessions of a Shopaholic". Lines like "You speak Prada" are shot off with no sense of shame. This film is mainly about materialism as a religion, love secondly. How is $16,000 debt enough to throw her life into turmoil? It's uncomfortable, yes, but not astronomical. The movie is very by the numbers, so much so that Rebecca is a magazine writer. Who writes for magazines anymore? No wonder she's broke.
Ultralight, predictable rom-fluff which lacks charisma and takes all its cues from Devil Wears Prada, Sex & The City, and other chick flicks of the past decade. The script is not particularly funny or exciting. Isla Fisher gives it a go but not a very good go, and doesn't come across as properly sexy, witty, goofy, tormented or anything else. Most of the best moments pop up in the cameo roles from the likes of Kristin Scott Thomas, Joan Cusack and Ed Helms. A waste of time, don't bother.
Judging from the exterior shots, NYC streets were unforgivably closed down 4 this Hannah Montana-level story - ostensibly targeted towards adult females. The heroine is - also ostensibly - in her 20's but there is NO difference between her behavior & that of a movie teen. She leads an essentially consequence-free life where lessons r learned through pratfalls, blaring dance pop & wacky hijinks. Positives? It made me see the enormous similarity between high fashion & comic book villain wardrobe.
Well I never ever enjoyed going shopping before, and this movie didn't change my opinion too much. I would like to hope the book was better then the movie because if it wasn't then it should be burned. I was pleasantly surprised to see Johnny Goodman in this. He at least made me laugh with his old school Roseanne humor as Fisher's sorta crazy (but really not that crazy once you get to know him) dad. Too bad they didn't focus more on him. $200 for a green scarf? Really?
In all honesty, Hugh Dancy gives a pretty fine performance considering the material. A number of people do, really. Fisher's charms are what compelled me to keep watching, but she's wasted on what is a flat, rather unenjoyable character. But the cast is just good enough despite the overwhelmingly weak subject matter. It's a shit chick-flick, but at least the casting is strong. I very much like Krysten Ritter, and keep waiting for her to show up in something worthwhile. Sadly, this isn't it.
Isla Fisher looks great, the movie is so-so. It's one of those movies where the main character should have an endearing, yet annoying quality that moved the plot along. Unfortunately, this character KEEPS doing the same stupid crap that keeps getting her in trouble, over and over again. It ends up being a cute movie, but it's definitely a chick flick.