In these trying times, where our shopping budgets are reduced to nearly nil, along comes “Confessions of a Shopaholic” to vicariously satiate our purchasing appetites. And since the charming Isla Fisher as Becky gets in way over her credit limit, there is some self-satisfied smugness to be found in adhering to our new-found prudence while watching poor Isla’s character get ever deeper, forced to take on menial jobs (while still looking smashing) in ill-fated attempts to dig herself out of debt.
In the end, for a mere $9 or so, we’re able to both pat ourselves on the back for being fiscally sound, and indulge in the eye candy of decadent fashion confections.
Of course, there’s a love interest encased in the plot, in this case a dashing Hugh Dancy, a co-worker at Becky’s financial magazine job who gets interested in the indebted girl when she starts to reveal a bit of depth beneath her Dolce and Gabbana duds. It’s not a surprising story--though there are a few requisite road blocks in true love’s path to amp up Becky’s humanity quotient--but it is an oftentimes calorie-free treat. And though it never quite reaches its more thoughtful predecessor’s “The Devil Wears Prada” Steep-infused, arched eyebrow heights, this girl’s night out offering is the Winter ‘09 season’s most stylish indulgence.