A sharp-witted British social satire fresh from the New York Times bestseller list, Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber hits the idiot box on March 12 courtesy of Oxygen Media. The movie stars former ingenue Jennifer Love Hewitt, Colin Ferguson, and the artist formerly known as Joey Lawrence (he goes by “Joseph” now, but you’re in a no-spin zone), and it looks to be good trashy fun. (Also, you could win a designer T-shirt just for reading this article. So do keep reading.)
Probably because of their ancient, indigenous class system, the British seem exceptionally good at creating memorable social-climber characters. But the popularity in America of books like Confessions … and TV shows like Keeping Up Appearances and Absolutely Fabulous demonstrates the broad comic appeal of the type. They’re funny even though – or because – they’re a little bit sad.
One wonders how Ms. Hewitt, whom one has to admire for having tried to portray Audrey Hepburn (could you have done it better? How about you? I thought not), will embody the ruthless Katya Livingston. Will it be a breakout role for an actress now in her mid-twenties but still known mostly from teen dramas and horror movies? Will she put on a British accent, or has the story been transplanted to the U.S.? So many questions, so few weeks in which to ponder them.
But wait, there’s more: proceeds from sales of the movie tie-in T-shirt – designed by famous (even I’ve heard of her!) designer Charlotte Ronson and featuring the “Sociopathic Social Climber” gold-chain logo – go to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We don’t know how good the movie is yet, because we haven’t seen it, but one thing’s for sure: this is one fashionable T-shirt.
And you can believe that, because you read it on Blogcritics. In addition to online at Bluefly.com, the tee can be purchased at specialty boutiques such as C. Ronson, Miele, and Shop in New York City. So, while you’re sitting around not portraying Audrey Hepburn, why not get yourself a cool T-shirt and help out kids with cancer?
Now, about that free one. The first person to e-mail me with the correct answers to both of the following trivia questions will win the shirt. (No, Blogcritics writers are NOT eligible. Shame on you.)
1. The Phrase “Keeping Up With The Joneses” was originated by:
a) A British satirical novelist
b) A U.S. cartoonist
c) A South African playwright
d) Eric Olsen
2. Jennifer Love Hewitt has released how many music CDs?
a) None, she’s an actress, not a singer
d) Hundreds and hundreds
You can also get free movie tie-in lip gloss just in time for Valentine’s Day. Don’t ever say I never got you anything.
Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber starring Jennifer Love Hewitt premieres March 12 on Oxygen.