Confessions of a Shopaholic

5.91 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
English [CC]Español
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Supporting actors
John GoodmanJohn LithgowKristin Scott ThomasLeslie Bibb
Jerry Bruckheimer
Touchstone Pictures
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

4036 global ratings

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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.
32 people found this helpful
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 ;)
15 people found this helpful
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?"
8 people found this helpful
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!
6 people found this helpful
Book LoverReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Great Cast, Terrible Script, Unrealistic Scenarios
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I can't believe how silly this movie was. The script was terrible. I know it was based off the best-selling novel but is the novel that inane? The cast is awesome. But I couldn't help thinking they had to grit their teeth the entire time they were filming. And, seriously, can we be realistic about journalism? At one point, the main character is offered a job writing a 500-word column once a month. Um, even in the fat days, 500 words would't even pay a month's worth of subway fare. The whole shopping thing is such a tired trope for women.
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SuzReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible, cheesy script, but great cast
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I watched this flick because of the cast list, assuming that such respected actors would NOT have their names associated with such MINDLESS TRIPE. The script is ridiculous and dumbed-down, to the point where it would only barely hold the interest of a 12-yr old. This type of script and characterization of young women is a cheap insult. Once again, Hollywood making young women look stupid, trivial and vapid and putting them on misguided pedestals to be emulated. And, where are the respected supporting actors in all this? With their gravitas, don't they have script approval? Beyond disappointing. And, legendary actress Lynn Redgrave being cast as an aging alcoholic. The casting director should be ashamed for this ageism and misogyny against older women!
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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...
Tere SanzReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining and thought provoking...
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Excellent movie for light viewing. The story is good and once you start you will want to continue watching. However, skipping the entertainment part, this story is quite thought provoking as you think of the realities of the access provided by credit cards. This movie makes you think about debt and priorities, and how we manage these in our lives. So, from a financial standpoint, this movie is quite a lesson, plus it also nails your need for a fun and light hearted romantic entertainment.
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