There is a moment in Confessions of a Shopaholic where it actually reaches for greatness. It is when inveterate spender Becky Bloomwood — coached by her boss and eventual love interest Luke Brandon — questions a CEO about why he awarded himself large bonuses when his company was going under and the stockholders were losing out.
You think, hey, this movie might actually be going somewhere. Maybe we’re finally going to get some answers about corporate greed, financial near-collapse and a ruthless indictment of the corresponding bailout.
Instead, after a few moments of bluster, the CEO deflects Becky with the greatest of ease (these guys are slippery, you know), and we’re back in the comfort zone of a rom-com with a decidedly less ambitious agenda on its mind. [Read full article...]