Friday, February 13, 2009

"Shopaholic" is shoddy merchandise

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The Disney marketing folks behind the Friday release "Confessions of a Shopaholic" have been working hard to suggest that they have another "Pretty Woman" in the bag.

Let the buyer beware.

Despite its top-quality cast, a bankable director (P.J. Hogan) and enticing source material (the Sophie Kinsella best-sellers), the end product is surprisingly charmless -- a shrill "Devil Wears Prada"/"Bridget Jones"/"Sex and the City" knockoff that keeps threatening to fall apart at the seams.

All those frayed ends hold together just enough to provide sufficient distraction for its targeted young female audience, but one wonders how all that conspicuous consumption is going to go over in these economically scaled-back times.

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