2009-03-27 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Confessions Of A Shopaholic' - Credit Queen

It's a sign of the times. As the economy melts around us, Hollywood can't wait to cash in.

We now have a fluffy credit card comedy called, "Confessions of a Shopaholic," featuring a pretty female dingbat consumer, who can't break her allconsuming addiction to buying. Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is the modern junkie, "The Girl with the Plastic Wallet." She walks by department store display windows where the mannequins beckon her in, like sirens. They want her to purchase items she doesn't need with credit cards she doesn't have, because they are maxed or close to it.

She has no control, reasoning that, "Love of possessions is even better than love of a man, because you can't exchange him after a week." Fisher, who is the adorable nutty sister of the bride in "Wedding Crashers," is cute here too, except something is extremely unfunny about debt servitude in this day and age.

Jobless, she miraculously finds herself writing a popular consumer-advice column in a magazine focusing on, of all things, "common sense budgeting." And her new boss is dreamy Brit Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy), who has obvious eyes for her, though a runway model-type is pursuing him. Did I say this is a "chick fantasy flick?" Do I have to?

Directed by P.J. Hogan ("My Best Friend's Wedding"), "Confessions of a Shopaholic" offers an entertaining comedic performance from Fisher, who's on her way to major stardom.

If you can, check it out, but don't go into debt doing it.

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