“Confessions of a Shopaholic” is a cute but shallow movie where little white lies are OK if they will get you what you want or get you out of trouble. However, the film does have its good moments.
For one thing, Confessions of a Shopaholic boasts a stellar cast including: Isla Fisher, John Goodman, Joan Cusack, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Lynn Redgrave, Kristin Scott Thomas, Wendie Malick and Julie Hagerty. Unfortunately, the movie does not give the cast enough to work with. While Isla Fisher is beguilingly neurotic, lovable and untruthful as shopaholic Rebecca Bloomwood, Confessions of a Shopaholic is derivative of numerous other romantic comedies with little originality and not enough depth, full of improbable situations.
Besides the noteworthy movie cast, other redeeming qualities are the movie’s overall point that shopping really can be addictive, and a young person can quickly get in over his or her head financially. There is very little objectionable content or language in Confessions of a Shopaholic, and the only bedroom scenes are of another unmarried couple with pajamas on. The lead characters only exchange a couple of romantic kisses, which is very refreshing.
Confessions of a Shopaholic is colorful and quirky, with several humorous moments and a couple of touching scenes. It is 100% a chick flick. I don’t think many guys would enjoy Confessions of a Shopaholic, but for girls looking for a fun, light-hearted, romantic-comedy movie for a girls night out where believability isn’t a big factor, Confessions of a Shopaholic wouldn’t be bad with a bowl of popcorn.
Confessions of a Shopaholic with Isla Fisher, John Goodman, Joan Cusack, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Lynn Redgrave, Kristin Scott Thomas, Wendie Malick and Julie Hagerty released in theaters on February 17, 2009 and on DVD and Blu-ray on June 23, 2009. The run time is 104 minutes.
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