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Sunday, 15 March 2009 01:22

Confessions of a ShopaholicA Personal View

Few weeks back I thought that I might be the biggest “shopaholic” person on earth just because I bought some extra things over my usual basic shopping list. I changed my mind right after I saw this movie, especially when I did an R&D of the shopaholics and I realized that what the movie showed was a part of their truth.

Yes, shopping could turn into a serious addiction, shopaholics, just like any drug or drink addicts, might lead their lives into a total destruction. If you feel that you are over-shopping recently, I strongly recommend you to watch this intelligent humorous picture to wake-the-hell-up, and get sane again.

The Story

The story begins when a shopping addict “Rebecca Bloomwood” played amazingly by Isla Fisher realized that she has really overdone it. Her credit cards are all consumed, huge debts, no job after the magazine she works in as an editor closes and shopping habits are still sticking. She tries to control her shopping desires and find a decent job to start paying her bills. This all can happen but her shopping addict is still hard to get rid of. Her rich friend “Suze” helps her in her apartment rent and gives her a hand and advises to control her life.

In her crisis she finds a wonderful green scarf and buys it by all means, that happens just when she bumps into a charming English man, “Luke Brandon” played by Hugh Dancy, who turns to be the manager of magazine she already applied to. Later that day she would have an interview with him. He hires her over an article she wrote about “shoes” while his magazine is strictly financial, though Rebecca used to be a “Fashion” editor, now she enters a world of finance editing. To protect her identity from being tracked by her debts collector, she uses the alias “The Girl with the Green Scarf” on her own articles. Yet she is been caught later by the collector and claim him as her ex-boyfriend who is stalking her.

Rebecca thinks she made it all just when things start to fall down as she is been exposed by the collector out to public on a live TV scandal, her best friend “Suze” breaks up with her when she sees that the dress she brought her for her wedding as her bride maid is been given away and she loses the trust of her manager “Luke” who also starts to like her. Life cannot be worse now and she has to fix it all up again but she has no idea how.

The Complex

A simple movie with a specific complex: what to do when your life starts to fall down because of debts you caused yourself by over-shopping. Rebecca is in struggle to get her life back into pieces twice, once when she is deep in “debts”, and once when she is down after a short raise.

The idea of the movie is to waken up all the “Rebeccans” from their shopping fantasies that leads them to shopping addiction then to complete fall. Though she cannot be inspiring to herself most of the time, Rebecca was a real inspiration for some characters in the movie without knowing or intention to do so.

The Ending

The ending is simple and not completely complicated. Not to tell what happens but the ending carries a real challenge to Rebecca on how tough could she hold herself and stay on the right path she chosen to follow. Though the challenge might not look huge to you but it is for a person like Rebecca. Will she be able to hold up and fix things? This is what you will discover when you watch the picture yourself.

The Making

The movie is not a fancy production though the fashion is great. This movie could be the biggest fashion commercial for many brands in this industry. Isla looked really stunning in every scene, and you can feel how much work it took to dress her brilliantly and completely unique in every singles scene of this nice movie.

After all the movie was made to make you smile, passionate and angry sometimes. The idea is simple but meaningful. Such a movie could be a real inspiration for people especially in this worldwide financial crisis.

Movie Info

Director: P.J. Hogan
Writers: Tracey Jackson, Tim Firth, Kayla Alpert, Sophie Kinsella (books)
Release Date: 13 February 2009 (USA)
Genre:Comedy | Romance
Rating: Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements.
Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
Runtime: USA:104 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
Filming Locations: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Company: Touchstone Pictures more
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