Australian actress Isla Fisher, plays the blissfully clothes-crazy heroine Rebecca Bloomwood of 'Confessions of a Shopaholic', an addict who wants, needs, acquires dresses, shoes, belts, handbags, and is a spirited New Yorker, who has a credit card for every occasion. Look at that diaphanous forest-green scarf and she simply must have it!
Based on Sophie Kinsella's chick-lit novels, 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' gives economy a shot in the arm, as Rebecca maxes out her credit cards, lands a job at Successful Saving magazine, and thus her atonement begins.
It's a role you see Kate Hudson or Sandra Bullock playing with cheesy-klutzy charm, but breathless and petite Fisher does it more than equal justices, with ditzy femininity and no-nonsense verve, eyes widening like a naughty child's, smile so vivacious it lights up the room. In the manner of classic screwball heroines, Fisher is like the reincarnation of Carole Lombard albeit a tiny angel-faced dynamo.
'Confessions of a Shopaholic' directed with infectious verve by P. J. Hogan (My Best Friend's Wedding), starring frou-frou chic good enough to eat costumes by Patricia Field, not once does the film apologise or have any illusions about its heroine's addictive craving for clothes.
As fate would have it, Rebecca harbouring fantasies of working for her favorite fashion magazine, ends up with a gig at the parent company's financial magazine, and becomes an instant sensation writing a column under the pseudonym of 'The Girl in the Green Scarf'. She catches the fancy of its boyish British editor Luke Brandon, played by none other than Hugh Dancy, a warmer version of James McAvoy and like Hugh Grant's has the rare gift of making insecurity seem debonair. The star columnist falls in love with Luke Brandon, while also being doggedly pursued by Robert Stanton, Grim Reaper of a credit card debt collector.
An extensive supporting cast of consummate professionals like John Goodman and Joan Cusack (Rebecca's parents), John Lithgow, Julie Hagerty, Christine Ebersole and Kristin Scott Thomas doing a welcome comedic turn as Alette's oh-so-French editor, yes, you can say 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' is 'Bridget Jones' meets 'Sex And The City', but really it is just a moonstruck whirl of parties, buying sprees, a few very funny Shopaholics Anonymous meetings, as Rebecca works on controlling her obsession.
Romantic-comedy fizz targeted at the young female audience, the fizz bubbles like champagne, perfect for Valentine's Day!
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