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Confessions of a Shopaholic (DVD Review)

13 Jun, 2009 By: Kyra Kudick

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Street 6/23/09
Box Office $44.3 million
$29.99 DVD, $32.99 two-DVD set w/digital copy, $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG’ for some mild language and thematic elements.

Stars Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas.

Let’s face it. A lighthearted romantic comedy about a shopping addict up to her eyeballs in credit card debt is a hard sell in this economic climate. But despite being the victim of an ill-timed release date, Confessions of a Shopaholic still manages to provide some moments of genuine fun.

While the Americanized storyline lacks some of the wit and spice of the effervescent Brit novels by Sophie Kinsella, viewers who enjoyed the film versions of The Devil Wears Prada and Bridget Jones’s Diary should find enough here for an amusing diversion. 

To their credit the cast does a remarkable job trying to create likeable, amusing characters out of the somewhat stale rom-com players scripted for them.

Isla Fisher (of Wedding Crashers and Definitely, Maybe) in particular does her darnedest to imbue this version of Rebecca Bloomwood with some of the spark of the lovable harebrained book heroine, while Krysten Ritter (“Gilmore Girls”) makes Suze the most likeable, and somehow the most sensible, character in the ensemble. The shared scenes between these best friends are some of the most charming in the film.

There is nothing particularly special about the extras. The DVD has no audio commentary, and the deleted scenes and bloopers are standard fare. Fans who want to see more about the making of the film will have to get the Blu-ray edition, which includes a collection of “Behind the Fashion” featurettes.

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