Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) – Rebecca’s Got a Quick Hand

“Confessions of a Shopaholic” is about how a person gets stuck in an endless circle. It’s a circle which makes you feel at home to go around in it. Maybe, you can call it a vicious circle. So is the poster of the movie. At first, people thought this was a film for women. In fact, this movie is a representation of social feminism, capitalism, and materialism. Yeah, it’s another college thing. I watch this just because I want to help my friend with his thesis. There is no offensive. I enjoy this movie quite a bit.

Based on the novel “The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic” from “Shopaholic” series written by Sophie Kinsella, this is a story about a Shopaholic. It’s a slang term for compulsive shopping or also known as compulsive buying disorder. Isla Fisher as Rebecca Bloomwood introduces herself to dream of becoming fairies and princess. Her inspiration to see adults buying clothes made her a 25-year-old woman who lived with her best friend, Krysten Ritter as Suze. They both live in a trendy part of town. In addition, she has a job writing a financial magazine. She has a shopping addiction where she can’t control it. That then made her always haunted by a debt villainous, Robert Stanton as Derek Smeath.

As a literary student, we see this film as more than anyone else seeing it as a film. This is a movie which is more than that. I try to analyze it from the standpoint of theoretical and philosophical. Rebecca Bloomwood is a representation of one of those people. I mean, various points of view aren’t just from literature. Instead, this film can also be viewed in the eyes of a marketer, financial, or even consumer and producer. It’s an average movie with an overdriven plot. Every scene always runs fast. Fast transition but boring pacing. But, one thing is certain that is what I said earlier. It’s more than that.

This movie is not a masterpiece especially from comedy genre as well. It’s just your typical average movie. There are silliness, screwball comedy, goofy acting, double takes, best friend forever, and a happy ending. Rebecca Bloomwood is the main focus of this film. She has her own strength but she doesn’t realize it. In the end, she can achieve everything including a handsome boyfriend that she owned. But, Isla Fisher is a perfect actress for this character. She begins with a nice narrative for the prologue and a good representation for average performance.

There are some parts that make me laugh but sometimes not. It’s hard to say it’s a comedy movie. Just my sense of humor may be different. The plot presented seems accidental and coincidental. It’s about trying to get out of the circle. Everyone has experienced it. Including yourself. Whether it’s myself, but this film is very attached, but only we are not aware. Rebecca also shows a lie in humans. To achieve anything, we did that as well. We lie but in the end, we get the karma. It’s just Rebecca can regain all who leave her.

“Confessions of a Shopaholic” honestly is a funny movie of a materialist. It’s no a masterpiece. It’s about an endless cycle of our daily lives. Capitalism or something like that, you can’t go wrong about this movie. The actors seem pretty good. Besides Isla Fisher, there are Joan Cusack, John Goodman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and others. If you want to find a film with the same theme, “Sex and the City” may be a great TV series. There is a movie too. This is Shopaholic or you could just say as shop and alcoholic.

2.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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