I swear, the first time I saw the trailer I thought that Amy Adams was playing the lead role. I was completely convinced it was her, so I was rather surprised to learn that it wasn't. With Amy Adams believed to hold the lead role, I was certain to find my way to the theater. Following her roles in Talladega Nights, Enchanted, Doubt, and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (I have not yet seen Junebug), she proved to be an actress to keep an eye on. Following the revelation that it was not Adams, I was a little disappointed as now I will need to wait for Sunshine Cleaning. The woman who is playing the lead just so happens to be another actress that I am a fan of, Isla Fisher. She is an actress who has had memorable turns in films such as Wedding Crashers, The Lookout, Hot Rod (yes, I liked it), and Definitely, Maybe, so I cannot say I was completely disappointed.
Confessions of a Shopaholic is not what you could term a guy-targeted film. Fortunately, I am more open-minded about my movies than I am about my music. The film looks to target an audience similar to The Devil Wears Prada, skewing a little more towards the conventionally goofy rather than the satirical comedy of the Anne Hathaway film. You know what? That's all right with me. In these hard economic times what we need is some lighthearted entertainment that is not completely dumb. I am happy to report that this fills the need.
At the center of our story is Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher with a suitably upscale and elitist fashionista name for the role), a woman with a love for all things fashionable and a hopeless addiction to the absolute joys of shopping. Rebecca is an up and coming journalist looking to land a job at a prestigious fashion magazine, while suffering through a writing gig with a gardening mag. All is going well until the latest round of bills arrive, coinciding with the loss of her job. Not a very good turn of events for the deep in debt young woman.
Faced with needing to find a new job, she goes to the land of her dreams, but finds herself in the awkward position of interviewing at a financial magazine. It is not only awkward because she is the last person that should even consider offering advice on money, but because of the romantic comedy cliche of the meet cute involving Rebecca and her interviewer, Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy).