This fun new movie is based on the Shopaholic series of books by British writer Sophie Kinsella. These books (and I’ve read them all) are fun, charming, and uplifting. The heroine of these books, Becky Bloomwood, is played by Isla Fisher in the movie. She is a great choice for this role.
Becky is a writer, whose dream job is to write for the fashion magazine Alette. Through a series of twists and turns, Becky ends up writing for a financial magazine. The irony, of course, is that Becky is in a tremendous amount of debt, due to her shopping addiction. Becky is hired for this job by Luke Brandon, played by the charming Hugh Dancy.
The entire cast of this romantic comedy seems enjoy playing their roles. The result is a movie that is lots of fun, and moves quickly along. The movie is set in Manhattan, and the locations scenes are great. The true stars of the movie, of course, are the clothes. Becky’s wardrobe is fabulous. All the characters are defined by their clothes and they are, for the most, fabulous as well.
This movie has quite a few characters and situations that don’t exist in the books, but it stays true to the spirit of the books. My favorite character who was not in the books is D. Freak, played by John Salley. He is a member of Becky’s shopping addiction support group. He is former NBA star who is addicted to Cartier watches, and he is quite funny.
If you are in the mood for a fun romantic comedy, go see Confessions of a Shopaholic.