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Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions Of A Shopaholic

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

A CHICK flick tale of a shopaholic’s unlikely redemption, based upon the best-selling novel of British writer Sophie Kinsella, may not seem like your typical Jerry Bruckheimer vehicle… but then he did also produce and deliver Coyote Ugly too!

And like that film, Confessions of a Shopaholic is a lightweight, lacklustre and really rather tedious effort that’s more interested in glamour, ditz and product placement than anything really serious.

It’s designed to be a romp in the style of Pretty Woman, that also makes good on the growing trend of movies that deal with women, shopping and fashion (such as 27 Dresses and The Devil Wears Prada), but it’s a silly, annoying tale that doesn’t deserve to find very many friends.

In the glamorous world of New York City, Rebecca Bloomwood (Fisher) is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping – a little too good, perhaps… because she’s constantly up to her neck in debt.

She dreams of working for her favourite fashion magazine, but can’t quite get her foot in the door – until ironically, she snags a job as an advice columnist for a financial magazine published by the same company.

As her dreams are finally coming true, she goes to ever more extreme attempts to keep her past from ruining her future with the help of best friends and a sympathetic editor (Hugh Dancy).

Confessions of a Shopaholic is the type of film that signals its intentions from the outset and then proceeds to take viewers on a very obvious journey to its predictable conclusion.

Yet far from being overly endearing, Fisher’s Bloomwood is an irritating pain in the backside whose financial cluelessness eventually begins to grate.

Dancy’s dashing editor, meanwhile, is suitably charismatic but the type of newsroom man who could only exist in a chick flick, while the talented likes of John Goodman and Joan Cusack are really short-changed as Rebecca’s long-suffering parents. Indeed, their third act about turn feels woefully out of character and is a really pathetic excuse for a life lesson.

Indeed, nothing about Confessions of a Shopaholic feels authentic especially given its arrival at a time when everyone is tightening their purse strings. Bruckheimer insists that’s it’s the perfect escapist credit crunch movie, but the best advice you can take concerning it is not to waste your money in the first place.

Certificate: PG
Running time: 104mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: June 29, 2009