Starts March 12
by Karen P.
Screenwriters Tracey Jackson, Tim Firth and Kayla Alpert and director P.J. Hogan have based their delightful romantic comedy on the books by Sophie Kinsella: Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan.
Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) dreams of the day she will purchase nothing but the latest fashion and work for her favorite fashion magazine, Alette. Aspiring to her dreams she graduates in journalism and lands a respectable job in the heart of New York City’s fashion industry, but it doesn’t pay enough to support her lust for high-end clothes or her over- compulsive spending. On her way to an interview with the owner of Alette (Kristin Scott Thomas), Rebecca tries to purchase a beautiful green scarf to accessorize her outfit but she is short $20. She runs to the nearest hot dog stand and begs the owner to accept a credit-card purchase for her hot dog so that she can get enough cash in return to finalize the purchase of her scarf that she so desperately needs. Rebecca holds up the line with her plea. Annoyed by her audacity, a kind young man gives her $50 so that he can finally get a hot dog.
First Rebecca applies for work at a finance magazine and is not amused to be reacquainted with Luke (Hugh Dancy), the magazine’s marketing boss. Rebecca uses this job, under false pretences, as her stepping stone to Alette, after hearing that the two magazines are competitors. Luke enjoys Rebecca’s fresh take on the elements of a stuffy world of economics and assigns her to write a financial column that will attract attention. Under her pen name “The Girl with the Green Scarf” she succeeds but her fame and the magazine’s notoriety are skewed when a collection agent exposes her true identity. Her humorous adventures to make amends began with an AA-like confession as a “shopaholic named Rebecca Bloomwood.” Her supporters respond, “Hello, Rebecca!”