Betty at the Movies
5 Reasons to See Confessions of a Shopaholic
This weekend’s guilty pleasure
-Cynthia Parsons McDaniel
1. Isla Fisher!
Love that gorgeous, hilarious redhead!
Fisher read the entire “Shopaholic” series long before she was approached to play Rebecca Bloomwood. Fisher admits that she can relate to her character’s enthusiasm for shopping. “I’m a bags and shoe girl,” she says. “I have so many shoes, it’s terrifying.”
1b. The rest of the cast!
Hugh Dancy (Ella Enchanted) plays Rebecca’s editor at the fashion rag she joins in order to be close to her obsession. A crush ensues. Joan Cusack and John Goodman play her middle-class parents who are always on a budget. Mix in Kristen Scott Thomas some wonderful character actresses such as Christine Ebersol and Wendie Malik and you have a recipe for tons of fun.
2. Another round of amazing clothes from fashion guru and costume designer Patricia Field
The story is set in New York, so New York becomes the set … who else but Sex and the City‘s Patricia Field could do the costumes? Drawing on her famous “collage” technique, Field does her thing again, dressing Fisher in some of the most outlandish designs by some of the world’s most internationally renowned designers, including Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Zac Posen, Miu Miu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Todd Oldham, Gucci, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen. As with Devil Wears Prada Fields makes this familiar terrain look fresh every time.
3. Vicarious shopping!
Sure, it’s a reminder about how debt can spiral out of control when a girl has access to so many credit cards but ALSO a reminder of the exhilaration we get from buying things on sale. Called retail therapy back in the boom days (some still do even in this economy), for Rebecca Bloomwood it’s a must: SHOPPING.
“Rebecca Bloomwood was a character I totally identified with,” says Director P.J. Hogan (My Best Friend’s Wedding and Muriel’s Wedding … do you sense a theme?). “A shopaholic is somebody who believes heavily in retail therapy. Feel bad? Go into a store, you’re cheered up instantly. Everybody can understand that. When we’re down, we’ve all used retail as a way to cheer ourselves up, but Rebecca just can’t stop. She’s never met a bargain that she can say no to … Becky’s story is really a parable for our times as she tries to cut back her spending, put away the credit cards and turn her life around.”
I think back to the Busby Berkeley Films and how they lifted spirits during the Great Depression. Those movies were dreamlike when just about everything was out of reach for most people. Today, too, it feels like that — Prada is out of reach even with the sales! I actually saw a sign that read 80% off the other day. The lure of sales loom everywhere. We all try to resist. People still need an escape, and let’s face it — movies and shopping still provide that escape.
4. Behind-the-scenes look at the glossy magazine world as we get taken inside the famous Hearst Tower
Yes, the magazine world is not nearly as glamorous as it once was. There are no Diana Vreelands in sight these days. But it’s still fun to sneak a peek inside the life of a magazine and its editors. (Trust me, it’s not that glamorous once you get inside.)
5. Fun date movie timed perfectly to Valentine’s Day
If he comes with you to see this, you KNOW he’s “into” you (LINK TO ARTICLE HERE)! And if you don’t have a Valentine, what better chick flick to go see with your best girlfriend?
Confessions of a Shopaholic is guilty pleasure, and why not?! These days, we all know things are just that – things…