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Most women enjoy shopping. However, Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is obsessed with shopping. She drools over a new pair of shoes like it's a delectable dessert. A well-dressed store window will stop her in her tracks and yank her through store doors like a dog on a leash. Rebecca Bloomwood is a shopaholic. One problem. She has "champagne taste" on a "beer budget" and quickly finds herself mooching off her friend Suze (Krysten Ritter) running from debt collectors like Derek Smeath (Robert Stanton) and looking for her dream job to pay-off her bills.
A mix-up in resume letters lands Rebecca a column in a financial newspaper ironically writing about the very subject she struggles with. The job she really wants is writing for the elite fashion magazine, Alette, working for fashion goddess, Alette Naylor (Kristen Scott Thomas.) Instead she tries to hide the truth about her personal shopaholic obsession from her boss Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy.)
"Confessions of a Shopaholic" is based on a book with the same title from a series written by Sophie Kinsella. The five book series is wildly popular among young teens. Movie makers are counting on those teens to fill theatres.
Mom says… young teens and "tweeners" will be racing to theatres for this story of a beautiful young woman, her fabulous taste in fashion, and her addiction to shopping. Parents need to be aware of a couple of topics; Rebecca can’t hold her liquor and obviously has trouble with her finances. When she does come up with a solution to pay her bills, it’s a very unrealistic one that in real life would probably never work. Parents may want to have a discussion with their teen girls about both issues before or after seeing the film.
ARRUGA! = 1
(PG but not totally innocent)
Fidget Factor = ˝
(1 hour 52 minutes; just on the cusp of feeling long)
Age Range = 10 and up
Overall grade = C for adults; B for young teens