Movie Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

Synopsis: Journalist Rebecca Bloomwood dreams of writing for the fashion magazine Alette and, as part of a master plan to land that dream job, applies for and accidentally lands a job at its sister publication, Successful Savings. Her financial advice column is a big hit. There's just one problem, she's secretly a compulsive shopper, has more than $16,000 in credit card debt and is being hunted down by bill collectors.

Who's in it? The movie stars Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman and Robert Stanton.

Review: I had a pretty full day on Saturday, spending most of the day at my youngest daughter's dance recital (she had two shows) before volunteering for a couple hours at the ice rink's open skate. As a result of this, even though I did manage to get a few chores done on Sunday, I was pretty drained and, between that and the weather, wound up spending a good chunk of the day watching movies with my wife.

This is a film we saw a few years ago. I remembered it was a film we both enjoyed, but, other than that, I really didn't remember too much else about it. So, when we came across it on one of our movie channels, we decided to watch it again. And, as it turns out, we enjoyed every minute once again.

I think the thing that really wins me over when it comes to this movie is Rebecca (Fisher) is very easy to relate to. She's not a bad person, but she makes bad choices. So, while it was easy for me to feel sorry for her at times, there was another part of me that kept thinking "what did you think would happen?" That mix of emotions/opinions gave her character much more depth than the main characters in many similar films.

I also liked how this movie made sure to give the main bad guy, collection agent Derek Smeath (Stanton) some depth as well. The film could have simply made him into some sort of buffoon that was easy to outwit. But, even though that seemed to be the case at first, he proved to be a formidable antagonist. And, while not someone who is completely likable, it was hard to argue with the points he made when finally confronting Rebecca. He was, after all, just doing his job.

My only real complaint about the movie is I found I didn't like the ending as much as the rest of the film. It was a little too Hollywood-like when it came to her solution to her debt problems and I probably would have enjoyed it a little more if she were ultimately forced to work a little harder (as would be the case in real life). But, it's not something I would say ruined the entire movie so I'm willing to give it a pass.

Final Opinion: I'm not a huge romantic comedy fan but this is a movie I did enjoy watching and one I would recommend seeing at least once.

My Grade: A


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