Confessions of a Shopaholic

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Labels and products galore in frothy book-based romcom.

PG 2009 112 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 53 reviews

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age 13+

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age 14+

Intended audience is women (not tweens), and has a GOOD message (not bad)!

Before saying why I think this movie is well worth watching, I want to correct some misunderstandings about this movie. First, this is NOT a movie "aimed at tweens." I LOVE the Young Adult (YA) genre and have enjoyed countless YA books and movies, and this movie is NOT YA. This is clearly a very genre-typical rom-com for WOMEN, as is the book it's based on. Thus the heavier drinking, under-the-sheets scene, and the addiction that the movie centers around. Second, the message of this movie is that overspending is NOT a good thing. Far from glorifying it, the big takeaway message is supposed to be that it can totally wreck your life, as it did the main character's! And that brings me to why this is a very worthy movie. I myself have a spending addiction, and I actually had to pause the movie and go cry at the very first scene. It's of the heroine as a girl with her practical mom getting her ugly but cheap shoes, and this exact thing happened to me with shoes, clothes, and my first pair of glasses. And like her, I got teased about it. As the movie progressed I was surprised at how much I could relate to her. So this movie is not just shallowly poking fun; it does show how much havoc this can wreak in your life, as well as the fact that material possessions should not be what define you. It also shows the pitfalls of consumer credit, and even how underhanded debt collectors can be. It is all couched in a silly plot and a ton of slapstick humor which can make it seem too fluffy (though I personally enjoyed that). So, if you watch this WITH your teen, and discuss these things, it can teach them some lessons. Though of course there are plenty of other ways to learn those lessons--but if they are leaning toward being materialistic, this could be really helpful. If you want to read my more detailed Amazon review, search for "a shopaholic's review" and it's the one by Tawny Madison. P.S. I was truly confounded by CSM's review of this, whose main complaint was that it makes shopping sprees look like a bad thing--which means they don't like it because it DOESN'T glorify materialism! Um, what??

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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