By Jack Rico
Rated: PG for some mild language and thematic elements.
Release Date: 2009-02-13
Starring: Tracey Jackson, Tim Firth
Official Website: http://www.shopaholicmovie.com/
‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ has a simple story line with an adorable and charming protagonist and an uplifting and empowering kick to it. It’s a mix between the charm of ‘Legally Blonde’ and the glitz and glam of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’.
Based on the novel “Confessions of a Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella, the plot has a college grad (Isla Fisher) landing a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support her shopping addiction. She then later falls for a wealthy entrepreneur (Hugh Dancy), but there are some trip ups along the way.
The film is a romantic comedy that is more comedy than romance. It’s target audience is transparently women who live in cities and have a slight addiction to shopping. The plot has many ridiculous notions in it which is why the overall appeal isn’t engaging, unlike its lead actress who is by far the best the movie has to offer. The rest of the cast which includes the likes of Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow and – are you ready for this? – Kristin Scott Thomas as the french editor of a high power fashion magazine, are too talented for the film. This only reaffirms our suspicions that the economic recession affects ALL of us.
The backdrop of New York City is once again a film co-star and it’s hard to argue why. There is something to be said about a New York romantic comedy, it exudes an energy and allure that is almost impossible to match.
If you want to laugh, giggle and hug your significant other this Valentine’s, this is film will do the trick!