I am a big fan of Kinsella’s “Shopaholic” books, so I was hoping that this film would bring some of that humor and the sheer audacity of the characters to the big screen. And while I enjoyed the performances of Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood and Hugh Dancy as her boss/love-interest, as usual, the translation to film left out some of what made these books fabulous.
For one thing, taking snippets from each book and trying to position everything into one feature–well, there is just so much you can do in a couple of hours of movie production.
But, to give the film its due, choosing Isla Fisher as Becky was “spot on,” as the British say. She is charming, delightful, and after watching her for awhile, you forget that the film is not really as much like the books as you might hope. And Hugh Dancy–well, he’s a “hottie,” so it was definitely fun to watch him!
If you want a couple hours of sheer fun, and especially if you haven’t read the books, you will find “Confessions of a Shopaholic” delightful. Four stars worth.
Author of: “Chasing Stardust,” etc.