To be honest, I kind of have the same aversion to the term 'Chick Lit' as I do with 'Chick Flick.' So, you can understand why I am not all that familiar with Madeleine Wickham's Shopoholic novels. The five-part series was optioned by Disney back in 2004, and last August they hired Isla Fischer for the lead. Just Jared is now posting some behind-the-scenes (aka paparazzi) photos of the actress hard at work. Plus, she is wearing what is possibly the ugliest bridesmaid dress I have ever seen -- which is probably the source of some comedy, or at least I hope it is.

Confessions of a Shopaholic centers on a young college grad (Fisher) who lands a sweet job as a high-profile financial journalist in New York City. However, like any romantic comedy, career fulfillment ain't what it used to be. So, of course, our heroine falls in love with a wealthy entrepreneur. Oh, and did I mention she shops a lot? Hopefully Fisher is going to make this gal more charming on screen than she sounds on paper, because so far, I am not loving this story.

On the upside -- P.J. Hogan (director of Muriel's Wedding) is helming the romcom. So, at least there is a glimmer of something a little more complex than the usual 'girly fluff.' Muriel's Wedding should be required viewing for anyone that wants to make a so-called 'chick flick.' Hogan makes fully fleshed out characters, has a biting sense of humor, and makes happy endings that you don't have to feel guilty about loving. Confessions of a Shopaholic is scheduled to hit theaters on February 13th, 2009 -- just in time for Valentine's Day.
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