Confessions of a Shopaholic

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This is a “romantic comedy” released in 2009 under Jerry Bruckheimer’s production company. It is under-rated (just a poor 5.6 on imdb), as almost all comedies. As a comedy it is one of the most funny things I saw in the genre, meaning the “romantic” genre, otherwise in this matter, I already have my opinions. You have already enjoyed my best 20 comedies list.

Confessions of a Shopaholic - Hugh Dancy, Isla Fisher

Confessions of a Shopaholic – Hugh Dancy, Isla Fisher


[source] [all the other pictures as well, are credited to the same source]

It’s hard to imagine a film rated more than 6 out of 10 coming from Bruckheimer’s underwear, but this one was an exception. Near films like No Strings Attached (6.1), with Portman and Kutcher, where not even the funny Kutcher couldn’t save it, or Friends with Benefits (6.6), with the new climbed on the glory tree, Mila Kunis, and the skilled Timberlake, who was really bad in this one (and quite forgettable), this is comedy. Maybe the mentioned two were pushed too much on my throat, I don’t know, maybe the cheap sex who actually was lacking in this one, made it better… All in all, I liked it a lot. It was funny and very good acted, with very little filling, just for a certain gag, or just to put some words in some mouths.

Confessions of a Shopaholic - Joan Cusack, John Goodman, Isla Fisher

Confessions of a Shopaholic – Joan Cusack, John Goodman, Isla Fisher

In this movie, Isla Fisher is a journalist. She is not sex addicted, she is shopping addicted, which can be very costly sometimes, especially when money or credit is gone. She has taste, great tastes actually, and thinks that her place is of writing for a fashion magazine. Remember, this is a comedy, not The Devil Wears Prada, so things became complicated when she applies for a position of a financial annalist editor, to a specialized magazine owned by the same group who own the fashion one.

She thought (advised by the doorman) that she may find her way to the fashion magazine she dreamed of working for, and in the mean time, to pay her debts. After an innocent adventure, of mixing the two applications, she ends up working for the financial magazine, under the direct supervision of Hugh Dancy (the younger version of Hugh Grant, as he was named by director Tommy O’Haver, of Ella Enchanted fame). The gags are really funny and the movie runs smoothly to the end, without scratching your eyes or senses.

Confessions of a Shopaholic - Leslie Bibb, Isla Fisher

Confessions of a Shopaholic – Leslie Bibb, Isla Fisher

Directed by P.J. Hogan, after a screenplay put together by Tracey Jackson, Tim Firth and Kayla Alpert after Sophie Kinsella’s books, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “Shopaholic Takes Manhattan”), wonderfully acted by Isla Fisher (the shopaholic girl), Hugh Dancy (the senior financial editor), Krysten Ritter (the always present close friend and landlord in the same time, or landlady, as you wish), Joan Cusack (the mother from the country), John Goodman (the shopaholic father from the country), John Lithgow (one of the publishing group executives, big brass, actually) , Kristin Scott Thomas (the equivalent of Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, the senior editor of the fashion magazine I already told you about), Leslie Bibb (the “perfect” assistant with the perfect body and “the longest possible legs”, working for the same fashion magazine where Scott Thomas was the boss), and so on, a few more you’ll discover by watching this funny movie.

Isla Fischer and Sacha Baron Cohen

Isla Fischer and Sacha Baron Cohen

Yes, they’re together. The king of mockery with this pretty funny Scottish girl raised in Australia after she was born in Oman, Isla Fisher who converted herself to Judaism, just to follow her beloved and his family expectations. And to bear Jewish babies, not Hindu or atheist. They have two daughters, one born in 2007, and one in 2010. They are together from 2002, and married in 2010.

Confessions of a Shopaholic - poster

Confessions of a Shopaholic – poster

Down, there is the trailer, the UK version. I don’t know if it is of any significance, but it’s ok, from youtube.

Confessions of a Shopaholic, 104 min, USA, released in 2009. Have a nice day!

 

 

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