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Confessions of a Shopaholic
Confessions of a Shopaholic (DVD)
Member Name: Ainat
Confessions of a Shopaholic (DVD)
Date: 23/07/13, updated on 13/01/14 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Funny at times, and I guess it's a sweet film
Disadvantages: Pretty standard plot and acting, nothing exceptional
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.
Summary: Okay, but won't be watching again any time soon