Confessions of a Shopaholic
Directed by P.J. Hogan
A compulsive shopper learns her lesson after maxing out her credit cards.
Confessions of a Shopaholic “seems timed to thwart the entire economic stimulus package,” said John Anderson in The Washington Post. Releasing a film like this now, with a lead who’s the “walking embodiment of irresponsible consumership,” is likely to remind moviegoers a bit too much of their own lives. The “too-close-for-comfort” comedy stars Isla Fisher as a financially clueless young writer who dreams of working at a fashion magazine but instead lands a job as a personal-finance columnist. Consider Confessions of a Shopaholic a sort of time capsule, said Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News. After all, Sophie Kinsella’s book, from which Confessions was adapted, was published in 2000, and the movie itself was filmed when “conspicuous consumption was the norm.” The film provides some enjoyably “thoughtless escapism,” but nothing more. As a cultural relic, it has a “musty fascination,” said Dana Stevens in Slate.com. But if the recession hadn’t made Confessions of a Shopaholic unexpectedly timely, it would be nothing more than an “undistinguished knockoff” of better “brand-name comedies.”