‘Shopaholic’ fashionably funny

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Emma Carroll writes, Living with your friend in a dumpy New York apartment with a debt collector rapping constantly at your door to collect $16…

Living with your friend in a dumpy New York apartment with a debt collector rapping constantly at your door to collect $16,000 is probably not the best situation to be in if you’re a compulsive buyer who has hallucinations of display mannequins tempting you to shop shop shop. Enter Rebecca Bloomwood (played by Isla Fisher), who finds herself in this exact state of affairs, all while writing a hypocritical column about thrifty spending under a charming and handsome British editor (Hugh Dancy) with the pseudonym of ‘the girl with the green scarf.’Raised by stingy parents who bought her ugly brown shoes that lasted forever, Rebecca dreams of working at top fashion magazine, Alette. An incorrectly addressed envelope containing a brilliant essay on shoes and investments lands her a job at Smart Spendingafter a less-than-perfect interview. Between her highly-acclaimed pieces in the magazine, she indulges in high-end clothing and high-end lies. The columns lead her to invitations at balls and financial events, as well as a TV spot that backfires on her.Isla Fisher portrays the materialistic feminism perfectly, while Krystan Ritter as Suze, Rebecca’s sensible friend, plays an accurate straight man. Joan Cusak and John Goodman fill their supporting roles with the right amount of comedy. Hugh Dancy delivers as the son of a socialite with charm, ambition, and a huge amount in the bank. Leslie Bibb plays the fashionable ice queen who stole Rebecca’s potential job at Alette, but seems to stereotypical and generic.The mood of the film is upbeat and happy, so it seems a stretch when the actors attempt to change it to desperate or passionate.Shopaholicis worth the trip, as the laughs are frequent, and it is nice to wallow in the excess as our own economy goes through the tubes.

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