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Not recommended under 12, PG to 15 due to themes
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|Name of movie:||Confessions of a Shopaholic|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) writes for a gardening magazine, but dreams of working for a high profile fashion magazine. Her great passion in life, which has become an addiction, is shopping. As a result Rebecca has over a dozen maxed-out credit cards to the tune of $16,000 dollars and is being relentlessly pursued by a debt collector named Derek Smeath (Robert Stanton), whom she manages to avoid by telling outlandish lies. Rebecca shares an apartment with her best friend Suze (Krysten Ritter), who convinces Rebecca to attend Shopaholics Anonymous meetings.
In the process of trying to gain an editorial position at the famed fashion magazine Alette, Rebecca ends up at Successful Saving magazine writing a financial advice column which becomes an overnight success. Even Rebecca’s parents (John Goodman & Joan Cusack) read her column and follow her advice.
To thicken the plot, Rebecca becomes romantically attracted to her boss Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy) and romance between the two begins to blossom. However, all that Rebecca has told Luke is a lie and her lies are fast catching up with her.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Addiction; debt; deceit
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
Confessions of a Shopaholic contains some occasional low-level slap-stick type violence and accidental harm. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Nothing of concern
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Nothing of concern
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Nothing of concern
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
The film contains some low-level sexual references and double innuendoes. Examples include:
There is some low-level sensuality in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some mildl coarse language and putdowns. Examples include:
Confession of a Shopaholic is a romantic comedy that targets older teenage girls and women.
The main messages from this movie are:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as
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