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Still shot from the movie: Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is in money trouble. The incurable shopaholic has amassed more debts than she can possibly pay. To help the situation, the young woman takes a job as a writer for a magazine that touts the virtues of frugality. But her bad habits may cost her the employment opportunity and the attention of a good-looking co-worker (Hugh Dancy). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 105
Theater Release: 13 Feb 2009
Video Release: 23 Jun 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Although Rebecca is obsessed with having the right label on her clothes, Luke doesn’t want to be defined by brands or his family name. What things do you allow to define you? How do you identify cost versus worth when it comes to financial decisions?

While Rebecca finds an answer to her money woes, how might that solution contribute to the ongoing financial problems of others? What kinds of help are available to people facing debt or credit problems? What is the difference between a shopping spree and an addiction?

Although Rebecca was raised by financially frugal parents, her approach to money is far different from theirs. What childhood experiences impacted her feelings about buying? How can people’s upbringing influence, either one way or the other, their attitudes about spending?

With the country and individuals facing a credit crisis, the National Endowment of Financial Education has launched a new website designed to help shopaholics and others deal with debt and shopping sprees. For information on how to curtail your retail hangover check out Spendster.org.

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About the Reviewer: Kerry Bennett

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