The Independent Film Forum: 4. Confessions of a Shopaholic
Our new film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on this tale of modern consumer madness
Wednesday 04 March 2009
Annie: Stupid, stupid, stupid... How do they make these things? Who watches them? I know it's supposed to be "just a bit of fun", but this is just so, so bad. A bad joke. Is anyone fooled by it? Why bother? Isla Fisher is OK considering; she hams it up way too much, but it's hardly surprising given the material. It makes 'Sex and the City' look like a Greek classic.
TF: 'Sex and the City' was greater than any Greek Classic, and while 'Confessions' doesn't quite scale those heights, it's a fine piece of escapism, and a good way to spend a Saturday night. With the CEC [current economic climate], we need to loosen the reins and start to enjoy fluff like this fluff more. And besides, if we were all shopaholics now, maybe we could spend our way out of the recession!
MM Taylor: OK, I know this is a terrible film, but I just want to say I really enjoyed it. It's very silly, and if I was to think seriously about it, perhaps it's borderline offensive to women. But sometimes I just enjoy really bad chick flicks, the worse the better!
Lillian Pike: This is the worst chick flick I have ever seen. It has taken every cliché going – shopping, shoes, stupid women – and thrown them at the screen. The main problem is the dearth of funny jokes – I counted one – and a fatal lack of wit, which makes the best chick flicks enjoyable.
Quinlan Steele: I have to agree with what most have said above. It's truly terrible and a waste of resources. But as someone who enjoys throwaway chick flicks, I recently read an article that pinpointed what was wrong with this and many such films: apart from some hunky man with no personality, the female protagonist is on her own. Fisher's credit card has a bigger role than Hugh Dancey in this film, and that says it all really.
Next week: The next film up for discussion in The Independent film forum will be 'Watchmen'. It's taken 20 years to bring this graphic novel to the silver screen. Does the film stay true to Alan Moore's masterpiece or has a legend been destroyed? Air your views at www.independent.co.uk/filmforum and we'll print the best next week.
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