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To be honest I have never read any of the books by Sophie Kinsella so was not sure what to expect when watching Confessions of A Shopaholic movie. I liked the cast members so thought I would give it a chance and found it to be a funny rom com with laugh out loud moments.
The story is about a girl who has a huge compulsion to shop and has maxed out on her credit cards and has a huge array of clothing and accessories clogging up every storage space in her apartment. She still has a need to shop and is so much in debt that she is being stalked by a debt collector.
Isla Fisher is a great comedic actor in my opinion and I found her to be well cast for the part of Rebecca Bloomfield who is a sweet and funny girl with the one flaw that she is a compulsive shopper.
Becky gets a job at a financial magazine as a step in the right direction to getting the job she desires at a fashion magazine. She has a handsome boss who she falls in love with and all kinds of mix ups and mishaps ensue throughout the film.
So I had never watched anything starring Isla Fisher or read anything by Sophie Kinsella but thoroughly enjoyed this as it had a feel good factor and a good cast.
Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman and Kristin Scott Thomas are some of the big names in this movie.
I would recommend it to anyone who likes chick flick Rom Com type films with a good cast. I may even read this in book form now to see how or if it differs from the movie.
Based on the best selling novels by Sophie Kinsella.
Confessions of a Shopaholic tells the story of the highly fashionable Becky Bloomwood, played by Isla Fisher, an in denial shopaholic whose out of control habit has left her in immense debt.
Despite her situation and the fact that she hides her credit card bills where even she can't find them, she gets a job as a writer advising people on personal finance. She only views this job as a stepping stone to writing for her favourite fashion magazine, owned by the same company, but in fact she becomes a hit with the readers. Her down to earth approach makes complex matters suddenly more understandable for the everyday reader, and her boss, Luke couldn't be happier with her.
Things are going well, until her bank manager threatens to expose everything. She lies and tells people that he is her ex boyfriend and is stalking to her, and chaos ensues. Will she do the right thing and come clean? Can she confront her addictions and get help?
Isla Fisher is refreshingly apt at comic timing for a female star and every bit as talented as her husband, Sasha Baron Cohen. She is likeable and warm yet ditzy, and you cannot help rooting for her in this movie, despite the mistakes she makes. Something which most actresses would be unable to pull off without seeming superficial and shallow.
The only downside is that, on a serious tone, it makes a mockery of debt. The fact that Becky continues to spend when she is massively in debt, but then lands on her feet and is fine, doesn't stress the importancto teens of living within their means. That you can't just land on your feet like that and everything will be ok. Also, in current financial times, this may frustrate people who genuinely are struggling.
Perfect for Sex and the City fans. Fans of the book series will also not be disappointed.
Based on the best selling novel, by Sophie Kinsella. This film is one of the best laugh out loud romantic comedy, perfect to sit down when having a night in with the girls with wine, chocolates and popcorn, or if you are a shopping lover like me, who is trying to mend their shopping addiction, you think you're the biggest shopaholic out of your friends, and family and think it's getting out of control, wait till you meet the main character of this story, Rebecca 'Becky' Bloomwood, and you will soon realize within the first five minutes that having a big shopping addiction is completely normal!
Rebecca 'Becky' Bloomwood (Played by Australian actress, Isla Fisher) is a aspiring journalist who has recently moved to New York City to progress her career, and is a confessed shopaholic. (Probably the most loveable character, and a character that all girls can relate to with their shopping problems!)
Becky soon looses her job, and life is about to fall even more apart especially when she has rent to pay and a debt of over nine thousand dollars from her addiction with shopping and thinks the only plan to resolve this problem is buy winning the lottery, while her life-long best friend and flat mate Susie tries to encourage her that it is not all that bad. But just in time, she finds a job opportunity for a job she really wants, this time for a high-fashion magazine that every girl dreams of.
But ends up with unfortunate luck of a job for a money magazine, which is lower than the job she originally applied for. But it's not all bad luck as every changes when she writes an article called 'The Girl in the Green Scarf' which becomes a world-wide hit and ends up having more than a soft spot for her handsome, workaholic boss, Luke Brandon (played by the very handsome Hugh Dancy, pretty delicious in this film shall I say! Girls, don't get too over excited!)
Becky is living the dream, until a deep, dark secret is revealed by a stalker, that could change everything and destroy her relationships with the ones closest to her...
Director : PJ Hogan
Certificate : 12
release date : 2009
length of film : 100 minutes
Rebecca 'Becky' Bloomwood : Isla Fisher
Luke Brandon : Hugh Dancy
Becky's mum : Joan Cusack
Becky's dad : John Goodman
Elette Naylor : Kristen Scott Thomas
Alicia Billington : Lesile Bibb
A loveable, five star girly comedy that you fall in love, over and again! One of my favorite films, because I can relate to Becky so much, mind you, you probably will yourself! This a film for all shopaholics to carry around in the their shopping bags!
The performances from the actors are witty, rememberable and ones you'll fall in love with!
Soundtrack including : Trey songz, Pussycat Dolls, Lady Gaga and Adriene Bailoon.
A must have films to have one your DVD shelf, or if you a making a shopping trip any time soon, you know what to buy!
When I first saw the trailer for Confessions of a Shopaholic I dismissed as a film I would likely find irritating. But when I ended up watching the film with some friends I was more than pleasantly surprised by a charming, funny and beautifully quirky story.
The plot centres around Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) a misguided but sweet shopaholic who has just lost her job and with a bank account very much in the red she needs to find an income fast. Due to confusion with some job applications she ends up working as a journalist for a savings magazine advising others on how to not act in the exact way she does. Some elements of the plot are somewhat farfetched but this is not a great novel; its a light-hearted film, so just go along with the twists that create many a funny and enjoyable moment.
The acting is solid and believable throughout. Isla Fisher creates a very likable if foolish main character. Hugh Dancy plays Luke Brandon (Rebecca's new boss and the love interest of the story) as a slightly perplexed man fascinated by the many character quirks of Bloomwood. However, they are both overshadowed in any scene that contains Rebecca's parents played by Joan Cusack and John Goodman
The direction and writing are done interestingly making the film have a very fresh feel with some particularly nice sequences with the talking shop mannequins of Rebecca's imagination.
Overall, these elements come together to create what is an entertaining and funny film suitable for all the family which will leave you with a smile on your face.
Confessions of a shopaholic (2009)
Price:- £3.00 from amazon
Running time: 104 minutes
Isla Fisher as Rebecca Bloomwood
Hugh Dancy as Luke Brandon
Robert Stanton as Derek Smeath
Krysten Ritter as Suze
Confessions of a shopaholic is based on a book by Sophie Kinsella. I have read the books, but many years ago so this review is mainly on the film. I do remember first watching this film in 2009 and wishing that all the shopaholic series became movies.
This romantic comedy is great, not only does it face the usual girl meets boy they fall in love scenario. Rebecca Bloomwood has a huge problem, she is up to her eyeballs in debt! 12 credit cards maxed out. She just can't help but shop, her shopping addiction is taking over her life. As a child Rebecca didn't have any of the amazing pretty things that other girls had she had the practical shoes, the practical clothes. Now as an adult she feels that she can have all those nice things she missed out on as a children and over indulges herself in luxuries. She loses her job and gets a new one working and writing articles for a successful savings which is pretty ironic. Not only does she have this huge debt but she has a debt collector after her who she has told many lies to try and gain some time to pay back her debts but the more money she earns the more she spends. Her best friend who she lives with Suze is really worried about her and sends her to shopaholic anonymous to try and help her with the problem that Rebecca doesn't think she has.
The storyline is really good although it's quite predictable at times, I found myself not wanting to move from the sofa. The acting was superb and I think that Isla and Hugh work very well together with great chemistry on screen.
I love this film so much, after watching it last night I had a huge sort out of my clothes today and have a huge pile to add to eBay, failing that it's to the charity shop with them. It's such a motivating film lets hope that I can get rid of some of my debts.
I give this movie 5 stars and recommend it to anyone. It's very enjoyable the price is great value for a film that I will watch over and over again.
Film - Confessions of a Shopaholic
Main actors - Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter
Certificate - PG
Running Time - 104 minutes
Genre - Romantic Comedy, Chick Flick
I have read a couple of the 'Shopaholic' series of books, and enjoy a good chick flick from time to time, so when I bought this for a mere 50p at a local boot sale I figured I had a good buy.
At time of writing (Sept 2013) it is possible to buy this DVD from Amazon for £3, Blu-Ray for £6.25 or there is also the option to get the film as part of a 3 DVD collection (also included are Sweet Home Alabama and Coyote Ugly) for £7.50.
=== Short Plot Summary ===
Rebecca Bloomwood is a journalist with a problem. She loves to shop. Due to her shopping obsession she is in a bit of trouble when it comes to her credit cards and her bank manager! When the magazine she works for goes under she manages to accidentally get a job for a financial magazine offering people financial advice. Needing to take the job to earn some money she rapidly needs to make it come across that she knows what she is talking about when it comes to the world of finance. Comedy follows, including the typical chick flick storyline of girl falling for boy, who in this case is the editor of the magazine Rebecca now works for.
So the film pretty much has your stereotypical girly film storyline. There are several differences from the books (I believe this film merges the first two books of the series together, but it has been a while since I read the books so I can't quite remember... There are some definite differences though). I admit to watching a lot of chick flicks, but I can't say this is one of the better ones. Parts of it are similar to Legally Blonde (which I love) in that it's girl trying to make her way in the world despite the odds, but it doesn't work as well. It's not completely terrible, but it's definitely not one of my favourites.
=== Acting ===
I don't actually know the main actors/actresses in this film that well, but I'll give my general opinion.
Isla Fisher is actually pretty close to how I remember imagining Rebecca to be like when reading the books. There are parts where although Rebecca is a bit of an 'over the top' character at times Isla just takes this a little too far, almost in the kind of way you may over-exaggerate voices and characters to children when reading out loud to them. I do think she is much better in her latest film 'Now You See Me' which I saw at the cinema the other week. A totally different role. It seemed to suit her better.
I did prefer Hugh Dancy's character - but maybe that's because he was my eye-candy for the duration of the film! Haha. His character is more uptight than Rebecca is (almost obviously seeing as he is the editor of the finance magazine and she's spending way more than she can afford). At times though this comes across as a bit stand-offish. Not sure if that's intended for the character or not... I think it is...
The other main (ish) character is Suze, played by Krysten Ritter. She takes on the best friend role and supports Rebecca through her issues. Until they have typical girly film fall out. Acting wise, Krysten is reasonable. Doesn't really stand out to me in terms of being excellent or in terms of being terrible. Apparently she's good in the t.v. series that's on E4 at the moment, 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23' but seeing as I've never seen it myself I can't comment.
Pretty much all other roles are acted out averagely.
=== Extras ===
There are very few extras on my DVD. There's a blooper reel, a deleted scenes section and a music video. Neither the blooper reel or deleted scenes sections are particularly long, can only be a couple of minutes or so long each. Mildly amusing to watch, but I won't be going out of my way to watch them again any time soon.
=== Summary ===
So, not the best film I've seen recently. A reasonable way to pass the time during the afternoon. In all honesty it will probably sit on the bookcase with all the other DVD's and won't get watched again for quite a while, with me being more likely to pick out one of my favourite chick flicks the next time I want a girly afternoon.
Film Only Review:
Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is a shopping addict and a journalist. She can't walk past a shop without the mannequins in the window beckoning her in and if the word sale is mentioned she will beat anyone in first! She adores this hobby but it has left her in serious debt and being almost stalked by a debt collector. She has a job at a mag she doesn't particulary enjoy cos it's a gardening magazine however it does pay the bills but then she finds out she's about to be axed.
Living with her mate Suze (Krysten Ritter) is a blessing though. She is supportive and lets her off with her rent however Rebecca still keeps shopping...she's really got a problem.
Rebecca dreams of working for the fashion magazine Allete however she goes to the interview and the job has been allocated to someone else. However the male receptionist who tells her this news does tell her of a job going with a magazine called Successful Savings. Rebecca doesn't really want to go for that sort of job however it is a foot in the door with a large company.
That morning she had bought a dark green scarf for the Allete interview which she then wears to the interview with successful savings. A man at a hot dog stand had given her 20 dollars for it as she was short and he wanted her out of the queue and was stopping her hounding the vendor to give her cash from one of her credit cards...after she lied it was for a dying relative. However she doesn't realise that the man who gave her the money is editor to the magazine Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy) a good looking and very hardworking man.
At the interview she doesn't make a great impression cos she's clumsy and a bit of a fibber ahndand the green scarf hasn't helped matters either. However she gets the job and a column and is soon loved by readers.
Her own personal money worries though are mounting up so in a way she is living a lie. Her relationship with Luke is a nice one and he seems to like the quirky Rebecca but what will her think if he finds out that the advice she gives isn't what she heeds herself and she's basically a bit of a liar!
This wasn't a film I had on my to watch list however my mate chose it and really wanted to see it. I thought it was going to be a bit twee and have a very obvious ending. Without giving too much away it was exactly as I predicted it would be.
Nicely and slicky filmed full of fashion though Rebecca looked absolutely awful in my opinion. No curveballs were thrown its simply a nice jog a long story. I wouldn't really call this a comedy though it does have romance and finding out what life and love is about aspects. However the acting in my opinion was simply ok and no one stood out for me at all. There is a moral to the story...shopping or men so watch and you will be sure to find out which is best in the longrun.
This is a Sunday afternoon watch with your mates and nothing more than that really! I wasn't overly impressed with it though I didn't hate it or anything it was just a bit mundane for me sadly!
The film is classified PG and runs for 104 minutes.
Isla Fisher takes the lead role of fictional and rather hapless character Rebecca Bloomwood, "a small fish in a big pond" journalist in Manhatten with an insatiable appetite for designer togs that she neither needs or can afford. Confessions Of A Shopaholic is a romantic comedy based on the best selling books by the writer Sophie Kinsella.
Designer name dropping at the drop of a thousand dollar hat.
Rebecca Bloomwood is a struggling journalist living and working in New York, sharing an appratment (or condo if we want to be politically correct to our trans atlantic friends) with her best friend who constantly tries to bail her out of her diabolical financil situation. Irresponsible with money and rapidly sinking further into debt due to her obsessively compulsive nature and desire to buy high end designer togs.
Her one dream in life is to work for a prestigious fashion glossy called Alette. Applying to an advert Rebecca arrives at her dream interview to find that the position has already been filled and is advised that her best route to Alette is via a financial magazine (which she ends up working for) as a columnist advising readers, rather ironically on finances. the column is a huge success and publicly Rebecca is percieved to be a shrewd businesswoman but privately she is on the run from her nemises, debt collector Derek Smeath.
The film followers Rebecca on her quest to outrun Smeath, fall in love with her handsome editor and chief luke Brandon and ultimately cure her shopping addication whilst digging her way out of a mountain of debt.
I love this film for what it is, a romantic comedy perfect for rainy nights in with a glass of wine. The script writers are certainly not worthy of any academic award for this film and the plot is fairly bog standard for a "romcom" (girl in trouble, girl falls in love, girl loses her love, girl gets back with her love) but the film is highly watchable. Isla Fisher somehow manages to portray the self centered, fashion obsessed Rebecca with a sweetness and likeability that draws the audience to like her when we really shouldnt. She has a likeability factor on the big screen and plays on her endearing qualities through out, although not enough to warm her to the heart of the nation in a way that Bridgit Jones managed to (even though she was played by a Yank). The film has a feel good factor and some quirky and funny moments and makes for comfortable viewing. Supporting cast include John Goodman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Hugh Dancy.
I love the Shopaholic books so had to see this film as soon as it came out. I think it is a good film but I prefer the books and this didn't really live up to my expectations.
It stars Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood a woman who is a shopaholic. Becky works as a journalist as goes for an interview at a fashion magazine but when she arrives for her interview the job is already taken but she does get the opportunity to interview for a different magazine which is where she meets Luke Brandon. Luke gives Becky the job and the two of them instantly hit it off. Becky is in a lot of debt though and her bank manager is after her so she has created a web of lies to stop him from being able to set up a meeting with her but whilst she is advising others on how to save and deal with their finances what Becky really needs to do is take her own advice and stop shopping.
This film involves a lot of shopping which I love and the scene where Becky is trying to tidy her room and pretend she has thrown loads of clothes out is so funny when they all explode from the wardrobe.
I like the film as it is really funny and Isla Fisher is a good actress and suits the role of shopaholic and plays it really well.
I think I would really like it had I not read the books first but it just isn't as good as I expected it to be so I was a little bit disappointed. It is a very girly film and involves a romance so don't think it would appeal to men at all but is good fun to watch if your not looking for anything deep and meaningful. It is very easy to follow the story and doesn't require too much concentration so is a nice relaxing film.
Having read all the books in the Shopaholic series, I had high expectations of this film. Confessions of a Shopaholic is based on the first to books The Dreamworld of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad. I went to see this film at the cinema with a friend and we both really enjoyed the film. I couldn't wait for it to be released on DVD, though when I first watched it at home, I couldn't see anything funny about it at all. In fact I was bored and had to switch off the DVD. I don't know what I found funny before, but it just didn't have that spark. I'm glad I didn't buy this DVD at it's full price which was roughly £13 at the time. I think I paid about £8 which was still far too much after watching the film again.
Rebecca Bloomwood - Isla Fisher
Luke Brandon - Hugh Dancy
Suze Cleath-Stuart - Krysten Ritter
Jane Bloomwood - Joan Cusack
Graham Bloomwood - John Goodman
Tarquin Cleath-Stuart - Nick Cornish
Derek Smeath - Robert Stanton
What is it about?
Rebecca Bloomwood is a journalist writing for a gardening magazine and is deeply in debt. She is fashion-obsessed and longs to write for a fashion magazine for Alette. Rebecca gets an interview for Alette magazine and on her way there spots a green scarf in a shop window. A stranger offers her $20 thinking that she is buying the scarf for her 'sick' aunt. The stranger turns out to be Luke Brandon who she later finds out will be interviewing her for 'Sucessful Savings' magazine (as the position in Alette magazine had been given to someone else). So Rebecca ends up working as a financial magazine giving advice on money despite being unable to look after her own finances. Her debt collector Derek Smeath is constantly trying to contact her and she struggles to keep her debts a secret as well us curb her shopping habits. Rebecca begins to fall for Luke (who is now her boss), and is at risk of losing everything she cares about if the extend of her debts are revealed.
Most fans who have read the books first will have been disappointed after watching the film. It is always a risk to adapt a book into a film, and Confessions of a Shopaholic was one them and not in a good way. Isla Fisher is not realistic at playing Rebecca Bloomwood, as she is far too sweet and cute, not at all like the character in the book (who is also a brunette). In the book Rebecca is from England and not New York. Krysten Ritter who played Rebecca's best friend Suze was annoying and and one of my least favourite characters, in the book she comes across as more of a warm likeable character. In the film Rebecca's parents were American whereas in the book they lived in Surrey and were not American. There are many big differences between the books and the film.
I felt that the film was not very well casted, as the actors are nothing like the characters in the book. It's no wonder why the film recieved such bad reviews, it was not funny at all. Sophie Kinsella has really benefited from this film as she has gained a lot more readers and a bigger bank balance (unlike the character she created Rebecca Bloomwood).
I have never read any of the Sophie Kinsella books including Confessions of a Shopaholic , however when I saw the film advertised it looked like a good old chick flick. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see it when it was in the cinema so I was delighted when a friend offered me her dvd to borrow.
Isla Fisher bags her first major leading lady role in Confessions of a Shopaholic, after stellar performances in the supporting role in films like Definitely Maybe and the Wedding Crashers. This ex Home and Away star has come a long way from Summer Bay and finds herself in the Big Apple for this role.
The film follows Rebecca Bloomwood who is a complete and utter shopaholic and just can't help herself. Fashion is her life and has taken over her life and finances. She dreams of a job in the high fashion magazine Alette but instead lands herself a column on the Money Magazine from the same publishing stable. This is ironic given how out of control her finances are and that she is being stalked by a debt collector, Derek Smeath, who she tells everyone at the magazine is an abusive ex boyfriend. Her editor is played by the dashing Hugh Dancy who has faith is Rebecca and allows her to pen her column under the nom de plume The Girl in the Green Scarf and breathe some fresh air into his stale magazine.
I really wanted to enjoy this film as I had fancied it when I saw the trailers and thought Isla Fisher would be good, however I was left kind of disappointed and not really connected with the characters. There was a great supporting cast which included Kristin Scott Thomas as the high fashion Editor who was more cartoonish than anything else, and Joan Cusack and John Goodman as Rebecca's parents. All the supporting cast were under used and you never got too close to any of them to care. The same could almost be said for Rebecca and Luke.
I have since read that fans of the books have been disappointed with the film, which is a real shame it had so much potential but kind of fell flat on its face for me. Maybe I was expecting too much and maybe I was expecting it to be more like a Devil Wears Prada (not even close).
I would say it is an ok chick flick (kind of grudging) would definitely not buy the dvd and was so glad I didn't pay to see it at the cinema, best waiting till it comes on tv or you can borrow a copy!
This is a real girlie treat for your girls and girlfriends! I was dying to see this film for ages, but I wanted to see it in the cinema but sadly I never got the chance, so I was bored one of and found it on youtube. I loved every minute of the film, and once I've got some money I'm going to buy it on DVD cause it's that amazing!
Rebecca Bloomwood is one heck of a shopaholic, and has bags and wardrobes full of clothes she has worn a number of times, (but that's very few clothes) most of them have only been worn once or twice! One day, she gets a bill of $900 given out by her agent, Derek Smeath. But she hasn't got the money to pay for it as it all went on clothes! To solve this problem she becomes a writer for a magazine article, named Alette, as she is going to her interview for this magazine company she spots a green scarf in the window, she thinks to herself does she really need it? She suddenly buys it! But this isn't any ordinary green scarf, this scarf becomes a life changer for Rebecca! This is a real treat for the girls!
Rebecca Bloomwood : Isla Fisher
Luke Brandon : Hugh Dancy
Suze: Krysten Ritter
Jane Bloomwood : Joan Cusack
Graham Bloomwood : John Goodman
Edgar West: John Lithgow
Alette Naylor : Kristen Scott Thomas
Derek Smeath : Robert Stanton
certificate : 12
director : P.J. Hogan
runtime : 104 minutes
This is a great film and all girls and girlfriends have to see this film before they die cause you'll laugh and cry! Also if you think you are bigger shopaholic than Rebbecca Bloomwood, then you may want to think again or you may learn a thing or two! Five out of five stars!
Being a big Sophie Kinsella fan, I found myself slightly wary of watching Confessions of a Shopaholic, and so only got around to it last week. As it turns out, I was right to be wary, as I was less than impressed with this predictable chick flick.
Becky Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is addicted to shopping and has a rather hefty amount of debt on her hands. She goes shopping almost daily, splashing out on designer clothes, shoes and accessories despite their large price tags. Becky has spent so much, her bank manager calls her on a daily basis, trying to get her to pay some money back. She's not happy with her job, and tries to get one at Allete magazine, but makes do with a column in 'Successful Saving' on how to save money. Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy) is Becky's boss, which causes some amusement throughout the film.
If I hadn't already read the Shopaholic book series, I would have enjoyed this film a lot more. For me, there were too many changes from the book for me to fully appreciate it. The main issue I had, was in the books Becky is English and her life is in England, instead of the American base that this film has. Becky also came across much more annoying the in the film than in the books, although I do appreciate this is part of her character, and I did think Isla Fisher suited the character in a way.
The film has some amusing points. I enjoyed the interaction between Becky and her best friend Suze, although I didn't think there was enough of it. However, the chemistry between Becky and Luke wasn't as strong as I felt it should have been, and I didn't think Hugh Dancy suited the part at all.
Considering Becky's love of fashion, I was expecting the clothes in the film to be a lot more stylish and well put together than they were. A few outfits in the film left me wondering who on earth was putting these combinations together.
Although this film amused me slightly in places, I was more disappointed than anything. If you haven't read the books, there is no harm in watching the film as it is a happy little rom-com which will amuse you, and some girls may be able to relate to Becky's love of shopping. For me, however, I wish I hadn't watched this film.
I just watched this film tonight. I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised!
Confessions of a Shopaholic is based on a series of books by Sophie Kinsella, although I'd never read these, so I was essentially going in blind.
Rebecca Bloomwood is a journalist who likes shopping. I mean, she REALLY likes shopping. She's also about to lose her job when the magazine she writes for goes bust.
But it's okay, because Rebecca has an interview with a fashion magazine that she's dreamed of writing for since she was 14. Unfortunately, when she gets there (after stopping to buy a very important green scarf), the position has already been filled. The receptionist tells her that a finance magazine that's part of the same company is interviewing and if she gets a foot in the door then maybe that fashion job will be hers someday. The final demands are pouring in and the debt collectors won't stop calling, so Rebecca needs a job. Off she trots to the interview for the finance magazine.
If I was to tell you any more about the plot it would spoil the film, so I won't. This is a romantic comedy, though, so needless to say there are a variety of strange and hilarious mishaps along the way.
I'll be honest - I didn't expect to like Rebecca. I expected her to be a spoiled little rich girl with an amazing job who got herself into trouble with reckless spending but didn't care. That's not the case at all. Rebecca isn't spoiled - she loves shopping because as a child, her parents were very thrifty. She enjoys the rush she gets from shopping. It's not greed or consumerism that drives her - it's the feeling she gets when she's shopping. And she certainly isn't raking in millions.
I'm so used to films where characters seem to magically be able to afford masses of designer clothing (Sex and the City, anyone?), so Rebecca's a breath of fresh air. Isla Fisher is a very likeable actress and she easily makes Rebecca a sympathetic character. She comes across as slightly innocent and childlike in her excitement over new things, which I found sweet. She's not stuck-up or snobby just because she has nice clothes. The scene where she and her flatmate are opening the unpaid bills struck a nerve - I've been there, letting bills pile up and being afraid to open them because I don't want to know the truth. Avoiding phone calls because you're scared it'll be someone asking for money? Yep, been there.
I could relate to Rebecca. The feeling of seeing lovely things and buying them and knowing they're all yours and feeling elated at the time, but having immense buyer's remorse when you get home is familiar and I found the scene of Rebecca sitting among her shopping looking incredibly miserable very touching. It's so rare that we see this. Rebecca's innocence and panic when faced with bills and debt collectors are endearing. It's interesting to note that this film was released in the midst of the recession, a time when it could be very difficult for people to feel sympathy towards someone who is in debt due to frivolous spending, but a time when many people were able to relate to the piles of unopened final reminders and the shadow of the debt collector.
Although this film is a romantic comedy, I actually found the romantic storyline quite dull. Isla Fisher is a wonderful actress and I felt that the male lead (Luke, played by Hugh Dancy) just didn't compare to her. He didn't seem to have a huge amount of personality, I wasn't interested in his backstory and he was overshadowed by Isla Fisher in their scenes together. I was far more interested in Rebecca's story, and her relationship with her best friend and flatmate, Suze, who is getting married.
I don't know if I'm overly emotional (it's quite possible), but my eyes welled up a few times during this film. One moment that I particularly loved came very near the end, and I hope saying this won't give too much away, but if you really hate spoilers then don't read any further:
A running theme throughout the film is mannequins in shops and display windows communicating with Rebecca and 'persuading' her to buy things. In this particular scene, two mannequins in the window of Yves Saint Laurent try, but fail, to persuade Rebecca to buy some new clothes. As she walks past the shop, managing not to go in, the mannequins in all of the window displays (including the two who had been tempting her) begin to applaud her for not giving in. I thought this was a clever and touching way to show how far Rebecca had come.
In short, I really enjoyed this film although Rebecca's relationship with Luke just didn't grab me. Since there are five novels in the series (this film covered the first two) and the entire series has been picked up by a Hollywood studio, we should be seeing more of Rebecca and co, which I'm looking forward to. If you have absolutely no interest in shopping or clothes, you probably won't enjoy this film as much as I did - Rebecca might just seem silly and irresponsible. If, however, you understand that rush of adrenaline when you see that perfect dress and make it all yours, you'll probably find that this film is for you.
What can I say, a great film! I had purchased this on DVD awhile ago but I thought it was going to be a let down so I kept putting off watching it. One night last week there was nothing on the TV so I thought I would put it on in the background while I got on with other things but I was in for a surprise. From start to finish this film was addictive, even my husband turned off his laptop to watch.
The life of the credit card where you can go out and cheer yourself up by buying lots of things you probably don't need (and can't actually afford), so many of us have been there!! But the great thing about this film, it focuses on all aspects: The persistent and humiliating debt collectors, the short lived 'high' when you make the purchase, the realisation of just how much you have spent and finally dealing with the debt and finding a way out of it. It's just a shame it's not quite as easy in real life to get out of debt but this film is certainly inspirational in its own way and has quite a few laughs along the way!
Isla Fisher was perfect for the character Rebecca Bloomwood and it was great to see her in a lead role.