Confessions of a Shopaholic

5.81 h 44 min2009X-RayPG
A New York writer desperately wants a job working for a high-fashion magazine, but instead she finds fame and romance with a finance column.
P.J. Hogan
Isla FisherHugh DancyJoan Cusack
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John GoodmanJohn LithgowKristin Scott ThomasLeslie Bibb
Jerry Bruckheimer
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TigerlillyReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Typical Hollywood Schlock
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There are so many 5 star reviews (mind blowing) that I just had to write to say, this is definitely NOT a 5 star movie.

Overall it was very rote, predictable and pretty boring. The only part that made my laugh was Isla Fisher's dancing with Hugh Dancy; it seemed like the only authentic moment in the movie, and was actually edited to be funny, (whereas the editing in other parts of the movie didn't help the humor).

Hugh Dancy was good, Kristin Thomas was good, and a few of the featured actors (like the receptionist at the publishing company) were good, but most of the acting was over the top, hyper and therefore dull. The character and story of Alicia (Leslie Bibb) was under formed and not brought full circle to the point where I wondered why they had her in the movie at all.

Overall, it was light, mindless entertainment, but I'd never recommend anyone spend their time watching this.
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Rate it JaneReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nonsensical chick flick :))
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I’d never seen this movie, decided to rent it, it made me laugh and smile. It’s a simple movie a troubled girl who shops to fill the need, learns a lesson finds a love interest in the process. It can’t be taken so seriously, or analyzed it’s just entertainment. Sometimes these type of movies help after a stressful day. I think it’s a chick flick, the name alone gives that indication. My husband is not interest, has no desire to watch it, he also hates shopping :) I had to buy it just to have around when I need to veg out ;)
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Heddy's BFFReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
spoilers ahoy so you know: underutilized comedic heavy hitters, story with no soul
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Who better to delve into the psyche of a young woman with an addiction to shopping than Jerry Bruckheimer, P.J. Hogan and Walt Disney Studios. Anybody. Really, anybody.
Working with comedic heavy hitters like John Lithgow, Fred Armisen and Wendi Malick and giving them almost zero legroom--why would you do that?
The majority of the "comedy" in this film is given to the mannequin "temptresses", who let's face it, did the best they could with the material they were given.
The main problem with this film was that the story never really reveals the psychological reasons behind the lead character's addiction. She goes to a shopaholics meeting, but never to an actual therapist. Although there is a little bit of moral hand-holding when it comes to the "importance of friendship"--there's no real lesson at the end of the movie except "Working at a magazine is for conniving b-words.". Also, she is given a job at the money magazine without having any real credentials just "a fresh voice". She lies several times throughout her time with that magazine, but the guy who hires her forgives these mistakes again and again because reasons? For the millions of people with "fresh voices" who misguidedly move to NYC and end up broke or living paycheck to paycheck, I imagine this to be an immeasurably frustrating film to sit through.

I watched this because I miss the feeling of walking through a department store with the biggest concern being "do they carry my size?"
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Nicole Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very Funny, Charming Cast!
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Sometimes you just need to watch people fall in love while upbeat pop music plays, and this movie delivers on that front. I love Hugh Dancy (although this is not his best), and Isla Fisher delivers with great comedic physicality. John Goodman is probably the standout for me, several of his lines made me laugh out loud. I did think it was odd that she was freaking out about 16k in credit card debt. She had so many credit cards you'd think she would have much more debt than that, especially with all the designer clothes she was buying. Most people leave college with way more debt than that, and that's before they have a job! Also, there was some weird slut-shaming going on with the female antagonist, but this movie did come out ten years ago so hopefully we've all grown since then. Solid movie with good intentions and lots of bright colors. Your aunt will love this movie. I should know, I have a niece!
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Big MommaReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Trite chick flick with a lesson
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This is a trite little film with a bigger budget, judging from the talented, experienced actors hired to fill roles. It has a lesson, one that comes and goes like a gentle breeze, and does not linger. 'Live within your means.' Instead, the true message seems to be, 'Do anything you can to live like a person who makes 5 times - no, 20 times more than you do - and then still, don't live within your means.'

Really, is this nothing other than 'Sex and the City' warmed over?

Hugh Dancy is very easy on the eyes. Leslie Bibb seems more his style - a 10 to his 10. The clothes are the star of the movie. They even outclass Hugh Dancy, transforming him when he changes into a tux.

Krysten Ritter really shines. She has a substantial role. A real life - in the plot. She seems too intelligent to put up with Isla Fisher's nonsense. But, then, there have been stranger friendships on film.
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Miss Josh EmmettReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Better yet, auction it off. If she wore everything once, which she didn't, no one would know. My friend has taken out a loan to pay a company to help her hoarding. She bought all of that stuff and doesn't know what it is. She tells them to keep it for themselves, give it away or throw it away, whatever they want. I'm going to assume that means the three unopened Amazon boxes she has by the door and can't remember what's in them.

In the movie's crazy lady's horde, are actual things worth gobs of money. Auction!! Nah. She was told, like my friend, to throw it away. Jeesh. And will it help either of them? No. They need therapy. Neither gets it.

I was once there and now my credit is rock bottom and I don't have a credit cards. Amazon will tell you, I still buy my fair share (my profile figure on my tablet actually waves at me), but I pay all my bills first when my SS check is deposited. I got therapy. I don't want credit cards.

As a matter of fact, as the movie ended, it dawned on me that I own the book!!! Well, I'll find out if the book is better. It usually is.

And, in the end, she still wins. Real people don't. They lose. Starting in 2020, another friend and I went through the stuff I have and we really did give away my stuff. It is hard to stop hording. And I have heard others have done the same...a few good things really have come out of Covid.

The top stars were given next to nothing to do. The two so-called stars blew it. That's a lot to say about Hugh Dancy! The list of female TOP name women who turned down the lead role is amazing. Yeah, they reached the bottom.

Even the best lines were taken from other movies (read the trivia).

No popcorn. Move on.
Khristine JacksonReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
To shop ... Or NOT 2 ..SHOP ..?!
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I recall seeing this movie some years ago.. on H$O ...?? The movie has a flinch of "The Devil wears Prada" in it ..except this chic ain't looking for a job? She's an addict ..and she's really in debt..!! Yes she is .. I can't imagine living in New York city and shopping like your're a luxury store's such as "Barney's,Saks 5th Avenue,Tiffany's and Bergdorf Goodman" while having run up your credit limit.. Yes I can and so have you too! ..Because people love to "Dress 2 Impress".. In other words it's called "Keeping up with The Jones". Every-one does that from the time we are in grade school,college and adult lives. Even marriages can be ruined due to our addiction ..of trying to compete with the "Wealthy,Millionaire's and Mega-Millionaire's".. In order to gain acceptance ..from morons who could really care less about You,Me or other's.. Look at Oprah mega -rich and the little fishes with their million's who try to impress a Woman who's worth over 4 Billion dollars Or even Bill Gates ...87 Billion ..?? Well back to Mrs. Borat.. Isla Fisher ..yes she's married to Sacha Baron Cohen... I love the colors of her out-fits..and I'm glad they didn't make her color her hair blonde Or something to fit the character?.. Very few actresses look good from Red to Blonde hair dye....John Goodman did a wonderful job playing the dad and Joan Cusack (sister to actor John Cusack,Ann Cusack,Susie Cusack,Bill Cusack)... Yes all of the sibling's are actor's.. Played the mom... Kristen Scott Thomas ,Leslie Bibb speaking of OPRAH WINFREY ...she was discovered (Leslie Bibb) in 1990 on Oprah's show. When they held a modeling contest at the age of 16 years old. John Lithgow made a brief appearance, Wendie Malick ,Lynn Redgrave died in 2010,John Salley ,.former NBA player and talk show host. I saw Mr. Salley many years back in Hollywood just walking down the disguise. I didn't ask for an autograph.. You don't do that if you live here in LA I do..The mannequins in the windows were so funny as they were luring her into a purchase?? ...I can relate to this movie.. Because I was truly addicted to shopping..but not anymore... I would prefer good health over all of the designer goodies.. In the end you can't take this stuff with you...
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Kira S.Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
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This movie had a chance to highlight a real problem in this country - rampant consumerism. "Shopaholic" makes light of the problem. Most people in the U.S. can't handle a $500 emergency because they are so far in debt and living paycheck to paycheck and, as the saying goes, robbing Peter to pay Paul. Not all of them have this problem because they shop excessively, but many do.

The debt collector is made out to be the villain, and admittedly his tactics (and the tactics of many real debt collectors) were not only annoying, many of them were illegal. And rather than solving her problem the way most people have to - slow and steady payment of debt while keeping expenses, especially shopping, to a minimum - she enables the desire to shop in many, many other women by selling all her clothing for enough to pay off all her credit cards (a very unrealistic scenario).

I know this is supposed to be a romantic comedy and therefore have about as much substance and reality as a fairy tale but, as I said, there was a chance to really highlight the burden that excessive consumerism places on people in our culture. It's a shame they chose to sell out. But what else could we expect?
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