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Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic
Starring:
Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, John Goodman, Joan Cusack, John Lithgow and Kristin Scott Thomas


Rated: PG some mild language and thematic elements
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: February 13, 2009 Released by: Touchstone Pictures

It's easy to compare this comedy to Sex and the City except for one major factor: here, there's no sex going on. However, like the popular T.V. show and film starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher, The Wedding Crashers) is also a single, New York based beauty who lives to stock up on designer duds, whether she can afford them or not.

She's a journalist who gets a job at a financial magazine, something she knows absolutely nothing about. She does it just so she can get her foot in the door for her dream job at a glossy fashion magazine located in the same building.

Hugh Dancy co-stars as her editor and potential boyfriend. He likes her spunky honesty and has her write a column about responsible shopping. He is not aware that she actually is $16,000 in debt and plagued by over-the-limit credit cards and debt collectors that have her number on speed dial.

Much of the success of this Jerry Bruckheimer produced film comes from Fisher herself. She's bubbly, sweet and can also play vulnerable and concerned as well as noted in The Lookout.

Top talents like John Goodman and Joan Cusack play Rebecca's parents. John Lithgow is a publishing magnate and Kristin Scott Thomas is a self-important fashion editor. However, the one shame in casting is a cameo by Lynn Redgrave who plays a drunk in the ladies room who Rebeca falls on top of. That was embarrassing to watch and not necessary.

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