DVD Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Fall in love with the adorable Becky Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) in the hilarious romantic comedy Confessions Of A Shopaholic. Becky is desperate for a job writing for a high-fashion magazine in glamorous New York. She gets her stilettos in the door writing a personal finance column at a sister publication. Much to her surprise, her column, The Girl In The Green Scarf, becomes a hit, and she falls head over high heels for her handsome, overworked boss (Hugh Dancy). But Becky has a secret that leads to some hilarious high jinks that could unravel it all. From the best-selling novel, and featuring the perfect comedic cast, it s the feel-good romantic comedy you ll fall in love with over and over.

Confessions of A Shopaholic is every bit as cute as you would expect. Though a tad unrealistic at multiple points, it’s still an endearing comedy that’s perfect for a movie night with the girls.

The film revolves around Becky Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) who wants nothing more than to work for a high-fashion magazine in New York. When the position she wants get filled, she takes on a job with a finance magazine so that she can simply make in the door with the parent company – which also houses her favorite fashion magazine. The only problem is that Becky doesn’t know the first thing about saving money or finance in general seeing as she’s a shopaholic who is $16,000 in debt! After finding her place at the new magazine and creating a column that explains finance in layman’s terms, she quickly becomes a hit and draws in a boatload of new readers.

The drama comes in with the debt collector who is not disappearing. He publicly corners Becky and exposes all of the lies that she has been telling – not only about her personal life but also about her inability to follow her own financial advice. This not only causes problems with her work, the boss she has fallen for, but also her personal life. Now she has to figure out what to do to make everything right with the people she cares about most.

While the romance between Luke (Hugh Dancy) and Becky (Isla Fisher) seems inevitable through the first portion of the film, its initial “bloom” seems a bit out of nowhere. There are multiple points throughout the film that feel as if they are rushed, and while I haven’t read the book this film is based on, I would assume it’s because various parts didn’t make the cut into the final screenplay.

However, it’s still a cute and quirky comedy with the perfect cast. Isla Fisher is absolutely perfect for the role of Becky. Hugh Dancy may be a new face to many, but he does a great job as the leading man in this title. Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristen Scott Thomas, and Leslie Bibb fill out the rest of the all-star lineup. And one cast member who doesn’t get enough credit (isn’t even listed on the back of the box!) is one of the actresses I enjoy the most – Krysten Ritter. It seems Krysten is always cast in the same role, but man… does she do well!

The Blu-ray version brings a number of special features from bloopers, to deleted scenes, to multiple music videos and featurettes. Blu-ray is definitely the way to go on this one!

Review by Emma Loggins

Grade: B+
Official site: http://www.shopaholicmovie.com.au/
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