Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Touchstone Pictures

Directed by:

P.J. Hogan (Peter Pan)

Starring:

Isla Fisher as Rebecca Bloomwood; Hugh Dancy as Luke Brandon; Krysten Ritter as Suze; John Lithgow as Edgar West; Kristin Scott Thomas as Alette Naylor; Leslie Bibb as Alicia Billington.

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Rebecca Bloomwood has a problem. Actually, $16,000 worth of problems, thanks to 12 maxed-out credit cards and no self-control when it comes to shopping. But Rebecca has a plan: She’ll get a job at the famous fashion magazine Alette, and all her money problems will be solved.

It’s a good plan, until someone else gets the job and she ends up working at Successful Saving magazine writing an advice column to shopaholics.

Confessions of a Shopaholic takes an honest look at addictions and the damage they do to people and relationships. As Rebecca writes her advice column, she realizes how much she relies on shopping to make herself feel good. But those feelings quickly fade.

While the message of this movie is good (that things won’t truly make you happy), there are several elements that throw up red flags for viewers. Rebecca has a tendency to wear immodest clothing, and there are several crude jokes throughout the movie. Some slapstick violence goes a little far, and there are several uses of curse words and misuses of God’s name. Plus, a few scenes feature characters drinking alcohol. (Two characters are shown drunk.)

Rebecca also lies quite a bit to cover up her shopping addiction. It’s too bad so many negative things get in the way of a powerful message that things can’t fill the God-shaped hole in our lives.

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