Everyone knows that the world's economy is in deep recession. Why, in this particular time, is Confessions of a Shopaholic released?

Is Rebecca Bloomwood (played by Isla Fisher) encouraging people to spend more money to boost economy, or giving them a lesson of how to save money in the economic crisis?

Is this film just another Hollywood form of escapism or "wishful thinking"?

We can say that the timing of Confessions of a Shopaholic couldn’t be worse.

Every day, we watch news about economic recession, credit crunch, increasing unemployment rate, and shops closing down.

However, financial journalist Rebecca Bloomwood just can’t help shopping – in spite of having $1600 in credit card debt.

A hopeless madcap or another Carrie Bradshaw?

After Rebecca gets sacked from her job at a Manhattan magazine, she immediately lands another job at Successful Saving, which is in the same building of the fashion bible Alette that she has always dreamed of working at.

Although her only knowledge of the economy is how to shop, she manages her tough journey with the help of an earnest and genteel editor, Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy).

Her character is a completely hopeless madcap – she writes her first story copied from a book from the 'Dummies' series and 'googles' another topic for her story.

Rebecca's character is reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City who is also addicted to one thing.

Carrie was mad about shoes, and though Becky is not into finance or men, her shopping addiction proves to be her demise.

Laughter as the best medicine

But Isla Fisher proves her real merit at various scenes.

When she is dancing at a party, she gives us the best medicine: tears of laughter.

Considering the gloomy economy, Confessions of a Shopaholic is a perfect film for these turbulent times.

It not only gives us relief that there is someone in a worse situation, but also teaches us that the more we spend without thinking, the deeper we are getting ourselves into debt - no matter what kind of job you have.

Who would think of global recession while watching a hilarious film and bursting into laughter?

Who cares if the film is frothy and frivolous?

For at least two hours, people want to forget the economic recession and their own depression, and just have a laugh.

A likeable Becky from print to screen

As a big fan of the 'Shopaholic' series, I always wondered who would be acting as Rebecca Bloomwood if the novel was made into a movie.

Isla Fisher is a perfect Becky with infinite likability, and co-star Hugh Dancy is decent as the dashing British editor with whom she falls in love.

John Goodman, Joan Cusack, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lynn Redgrave are also fairly good in supporting roles.

Confessions of a Shopaholic is based on the bestselling novel by British writer Sophie Kinsella.

The other books in the series are Shopaholic Ties The Knot, Shopaholic & Sister and Shopaholic & Baby.

Confessions of a Shopaholic, a Touchstone Pictures release, runs 100 minutes. Three stars out of five stars.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic

By: Bo  Kyung Park