Starring: Isla Fisher, Krysten Ritter, Kristin Scott Thomas
Director: P.J. Hogan
Running Time: 104 mins
Confessions Of A Shopaholic is an American film about a woman who luckily finds herself in a job writing for a financial magazine, despite her extreme shopping addiction.
To be honest, I shouldn’t really have expected anything more from this film. I always knew it was going to be a superficial, light-hearted and stupid romantic comedy, but what I didn’t seem coming was the fact that it would be so infuriatingly dislikeable.
Despite having a top actress in the form of Isla Fisher in the main role, this film really fails to deliver a fun, easy-going romantic comedy, mostly down to its appalling dialogue, and terrible characterisation, not to mention the ridiculously generic and predictable plot, but you knew it would have that anyway.
The main issue that I found with this film was its portrayal of the main character. Yes, Fisher’s very cheery and all, but it doesn’t hide the fact that this woman is a complete idiot, and I mean a real idiot. She’s insanely selfish, doesn’t learn from any of her mistakes, and barely develops throughout the entire movie, and, just to make her even more loathsome, gets everything she wants despite not deserving any of it.
As a result, I found myself spending most of the movie sitting there getting more and more frustrated with a woman who we’re clearly meant to support, but goes around like a brainless doll somehow succeeding, and when I started to really want her not to do well, that’s when I knew that this was a really, really bad character.
Beyond that, the comedy is pretty appalling too. I laughed once, in one pretty fun scene at ‘Shopaholics Anonymous’, but that’s about it. The rest of the time, I was bored out of my mind with a film that has a painfully generic story (but I can’t really expect anything more from a movie like this), and no decent laughs to at least numb the pain of watching it.
Overall, I straight up hated Confessions Of A Shopaholic, and whilst I’m sure that it’s a nice watch for 7 year old girls, for anyone else, it’s nearly two hours of intense boredom and frustration, and that’s why it gets a 3.4 from me.