Confessions of Shopaholic – Movie 2009

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Last night I watched Confessions of a Shopaholic, the movie adaptation of the book by the same name.  I hadn’t even known that they had made it into a movie, until quite recently.

As a very quick synopsis, the story is about a young lady named Rebecca Bloomwood who absolutely loves to shop and would like nothing better than to write for the well-known fashion magazine, Alette.  She tries to climb the corporate ladder by starting at a magazine entitled Successful Saving, but runs into many hurdles brought on by her own reckless spending habits.  If you want to know more about what I thought of the book, check out my book review.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed the book, but it’s been almost a year since I’ve read it, so many of the details have slipped away.  That’s probably a good thing when watching the film adaptation of the book, because I didn’t get caught up in comparing every little thing to the book.  I had a general gist of what was going to happen, but the story was just there for my enjoyment.

Even though it’s been a year since I read the book, I could tell that they had taken some liberties with the original story.  However, I don’t think that the changes adversely affected the story, so much as created their own alternative story.  There is still the love interest, Becky’s awful spending habits, the extremely awkward situations, and a day when she must reckon with the mess that she has made.  However, most of the heavy and serious stuff is taken out of the story.  Maybe that’s why they changed some major plot elements–so it would be more of a fluff story.

I think that I liked the movie version of Becky better than the book version.  It probably has to do with the fact that Isla Fisher is completely likeable and charm seems to ooze from her pores.  I’m not sure how I feel about the changes made to Becky and Luke’s relationship in the movie.  I suppose they wanted to simplify and condense it, instead of making it develop over a period of time, as it did in the book.

I have to say something about the animated mannequins here.  At first they kind of creeped me out, but as the film progressed they started to make sense.  Since shopping is such an integral part of who Becky is and since it is a magical experience for her, I think that the “living” mannequins were a good choice.

The film is fairly tame.  There’s one instance of the b-word, at least one instance of the a-word, lots of leg and cleavage exposure, and a drinking session with her friend while they go through credit card bills.

I recommend this movie to teens and women who want to watch a feel-good romantic comedy.  While it’s not the best I’ve ever seen, it is one that I wouldn’t hesitate to watch with friends.  If you’re hoping for it to accurately reflect the book, you will be disappointed.  Look at it as a cousin of the book.

Possible Objections:

  • a handful of bad language
  • some ladies show lots of skin
  • a drinking scene
  • a cat fight

Rated: PG

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…




Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Confessions Shopaholic

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Confessions of a Shopaholic is another book from my Rainbow Cover Reading Challenge.  I had a false start with this book–originally starting a couple of weeks ago, but it just wasn’t clicking right away.  I set it aside and decided to come back to it at a later date.  This time I stuck with it, and thoroughly enjoyed the book!

Becky is a woman stuck in a career she doesn’t enjoy.  Both her hobby and therapy are shopping, which quickly spiral out of control.  She just can’t seem to curb her spending and ends up in deep trouble with her bank and credit card company.  Ever resourceful, Becky comes up with several schemes that will help her climb out of debt.  It isn’t until she seeks the good of others that she realizes that her own problems can be dealt with, too.

I like that this story has its hand in several pies, so to speak.  There is the story of Becky’s friendships; the story of her career; the story of her shopping; the story of her love life.  All of these facets seem to be melded and balanced quite well.  Throughout the story we get to see Becky’s truly dizzying logic, which tends to get her into hot water more often than not.  The ridiculous situations she finds herself in are hilarious and extremely cringe-worthy.  I feel like this is a great book for any woman who feels fed up with the daily grind from time to time.  Becky is a heroine you will be able to identify with!

Possible Objections:

  • A mild sexual scene
  • A sprinkling of obscenities

Rating: 4 Stars


Until next time…