'Confessions of a Shopaholic' Review
"Shopaholic" follows the misadventures of Rebecca Bloomwood (Fisher), whose primary personality trait appears to be her delirium-inducing love of high-end clothes shopping. Like many Americans, Bloomwood is drowning in debt, hounded by a debt collector and interviewing for totally unsuitable jobs. Unlike most Americans, she does it all while wearing stiletto heels and animal prints.
Our heroine's other distinguishing features are excellent hair and criminally bad taste (Bloomwood proving anew that it is possible to wear jaw-droppingly expensive fashion and still look like a deranged streetwalker). She is joined in her ridiculousness by the dim but cute Luke (Hugh Dancy), her parents ( Joan Cusack and John Goodman, hamming it up as if their lives depended on it) and other actors ( Kristin Scott Thomas, Wendy Malick) who really should know better.
"Shopaholic" is based on Sophie Kinsella's popular novel, which was set in London, lending the proceedings a hint of quirky charm (lots of tea and British euphemisms). The movie is set in New York, within the swank halls of the Dantay West magazine company (a thinly veiled reference to publishing giant Conde Nast).
As if the plot and script weren't adequate handicaps, "Shopaholic" opens in an epically weak economy. Touchstone has acknowledged this by attempting to market the movie as a cautionary tale for our times, a sort of "Christmas Carol" for the fiscally frivolous. Put down your credit cards, overspenders of America! Or you, too, could share Bloomwood's terrible fate! Which apparently includes capturing the heart of a charmingly diffident Englishman and landing a plum job for which you are uniquely unqualified.