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February 18, 2009 > Movie Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Movie Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic

By Susana Nunez

Rated PG

Isla Fisher stars as Rebecca Bloomwood in one of this year's most anticipated chick lit-to-chick flick adaptations, Confessions of a Shopaholic. Based on the series of the same name, the story centers around Rebecca, a woman obsessed with shopping who melts at the sight of anything shiny and new. Rebecca has completely lost control of her spending and lives and swears by her credit cards. However, the magical plastic cards once her dearest friends, turn on her in the form of overdue payments and collections agencies. Her world starts falling apart, but she isn't one to go down without a fight.

Rebecca's love of fashion is what got her into this situation in the first place, and her dream has always been to work for Allete Magazine, the film's equivalent to Vogue. After losing her journalism job and having a meltdown over her mounting debt, she tries out for Allete- after all, she has nothing to lose at this point. She's informed, however, that Allete doesn't have any openings, but that a magazine under the same company is currently hiring. Although it isn't her first choice, working within the company could be a way into Allete, and so Rebecca interviews for Successful Savings Magazine. Ironically, Editor Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy) is impressed with Rebecca's insight and her writing about financial issues in a way that readers actually enjoy. Successful Savings had long been overlooked by its parent company, but Rebecca brings new readers and followers of her column.

All goes well until Rebecca's overdue debt becomes out of control, threatening to damage her new image as a financially savvy woman. She's managed to catch the eye of her editor in a romantic fashion, as well, but if he finds out about her not-so-little problem, it may hinder any chance of a romance, or the growing possibility of her acceptance into Allete.

Obviously, the film's visuals are important, as Rebecca is basically deemed a slave to fashion. Not surprisingly, Patricia Field (the woman behind the look of the Sex and the City gals) was hired as the film's stylist. Field definitely brings her bold taste to the film, but it almost feels over accessorized. That could have been the stylist's aim, however, as Rebecca's character is completely over indulgent. Still, Field could have chosen better pieces for Fisher. The majority of the outfits are passable, but a couple of them are trying just a bit too hard. Nonetheless, they definitely add to the experience.

Debt isn't fun for anyone, even if those $400 shoes really were worth every penny (and I'm positive they were.) The film will probably hit home for a lot of gals out there, especially in our current economic state, where many of us are being forced to become, dare I say, frugal. If Rebecca Bloomwood can turn around, so can we. But at least we can keep our style and entertain ourselves along the way. The movie is a must see for fans of the series and chick flick lovers alike.

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