Confessions Of A Shopaholic Blu-Ray Review

Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
A little bit drab for a cover, but it was workable.  Basically the cover for Confessions of a Shopaholic is a shot of the two leads of the movie, and it is just plain and not spectacular.  I would have liked something a bit more clever, but alas, it is what it is.  For a movie like this (read “chick flick”) I think it is pretty standard fare, so like I stated; workable.

The menu is not bad, featuring scenes from the movie playing in the upper left hand side of the screen, and Isla Fisher stills on the right, that change when the flash of a camera goes off.  At least the menu was fresh and different.

Features: 5/10
The extras are informative and interesting, but they run short, and there is nothing really that delves too deep in to the movie itself.  Overall I was underwhelmed, especially since there was no commentary at all.

  • Behind The Scenes Featurettes – There are several short featurettes that are included on the Blu-ray.  We get everything from a “Wardrobe by Patricia Field” extra that highlights Patricia Field, a wardrobe designed who has worked on Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada, and was brought on to spice up this movie’s look.  Also included are shorts on the green scarf, and its inspiration, the dressing up of a New York store to fit the movie, a bit on the “sample sale” scene from the movie, and bits on the fashion scene in New York, and the moving mannequins that were used in the movie.  The entire set of featurettes runs just less than 15 minutes.
  • Accessory Music Video – This is another music video featuring scenes from the movie (like all 3 included on the disc.)  This song is by Jordan Taylor, who I honestly have never heard of before.
  • Takes Time To Love Music Video – This video is by Trey Songs, and again features scenes from the movie.
  • Bloopers – I was not a fan of this short blooper set.  Not a lot of what I would really call “bloopers,” and not overly funny.  Also very, very short.
  • Deleted Scenes – There are a few deleted scenes here that were left out of the movie for various reasons.  They are entertaining, but not really relevant to advancing the story.  I thought over all they were decent scenes.
  • Stuck With Each Other Music Video – This is a music video by Shontelle, featuring Akon.  Not my cup of tea, but a flashy video.
  • Digital Copy –There is the almost standard digital copy included for those who like to watch the movie on their iPhones.

The Movie: 7/10
Confessions of a Shopaholic is a quirky little movie, that many may say is too similar to other chick clicks, but for some reason I quite liked it.  I will admit that part of the reason that I enjoyed the movie is mainly due to Isla Fisher, whose screen presence is just fresh and exciting.  She seems to be able to overpower other actors just by appearing in the scene, and she is just a pleasure to watch.  I truly think that she is going to become very big in the next few years, because she has a quality that just demands attention.  This movie is not her best work, and I would really like to see her do some different kinds of movies (read dramas), but she kept this otherwise regular movie from being regular.

Fisher plays Rebecca Bloomwood, a journalist who spends her time, and her money on clothes.  Rebecca has a bad habit of putting everything on her numerous credit cards, and not realizing that at the end of he month you are supposed to pay the credit cards off.  As a fashionista, Rebecca longs to work for the exclusive fashion magazine Alette, but when she fails to get her dream job, she ends up working for a sister magazine called Successful Saving, after a horrible interview with editor Luke Brandon (played by Hugh Dancy.)  Rebecca writes a drunk letter to Brandon proclaiming his misgivings in not hiring her, while at the same time writing a letter to Alette discussing fashion.  In the midst of several Tequila shots, the letters are mixed up, and Luke ends up receiving the fashion article that actually discusses finance, and Rebecca is offered a job writing as “the girl in the green scarf.”

As Rebecca tries to maintain the writing job, which offers up financial tips to the everyday person, she ends up striking a nerve with people.  All the while bill collectors, to which Rebecca and her roomate have been concocting excuse after excuse, continue to hunt her down in the hope that she will start paying off her massive debt.  Of course, the irony of the financial advice from someone in so much debt is quite funny.

Mixed in with the two main characters are several notable supporting actors, who unfortunately seem to be given minuscule parts where they could have been used with much more effect.  Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, and Kristen Scott Thomas are sorely underused, and they could have brought more depth to this movie if used correctly.

I also have to comment on the producer for this movie, Jerry Bruckheimer.  I am not a huge Bruckheimer fan, but it was kind of nice to see him involved in such a different type of film.  My wife and I were discussing the fact that we expected some sort of explosions or scenes with wet pavement when we saw his name attached at the beginning of the movie.  Overall I thought the movie was pretty well paced.

Confessions of a Shopaholic is a sugary sweet kind of movie, but one that does not take itself as serious as other similar movies like The Devil Wears Prada.  The acting is a bit silly in parts, but that kind of fits the story.  I thought overall that it was a good little movie, even if there were some glaring errors (how do you have such a great cast of supporting actors and use them so sparsely?)  Overall I liked Confessions of a Shopaholic, even though there admittedly is a lot to not love about it.

Audio & Video: 8/10
The audio for the Blu-ray was very nicely done.  I thought the use of all of the speakers was very balanced and crisp.  It really sounded like it was mixed nicely, and there was a decent use of all of the speakers for ambient sounds.  The Blu-ray featured DTS-HD Master Audio.

The video was also very well done.  Presented in 1080p the colors and visuals were sharp and bright.  It was not over the top in any sense, but things were bright and crisp and realistic.  I was very impressed with the visual presentation, and thought the high definition really added something to the movie, which is not always the case with this type of film.

Value: 5/10
With Blu-rays being so expensive, I still think it is tough to want to shell out close to $30.00 for Confessions of a Shopaholic, especially one that is a straight forward comedy like this.  I am not sure this will get played over and over at my house (my wife commented that she liked the movie, but did not love it, which means I won’t find it left in the Blu-ray player like some of her other favorite chick flicks that get played over and over.)  For me, it was a fun watch, but a pricey buy.

Overall Score 6/10