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Confessions of a Shopaholic | 2009 | PG | - 3.2.3

A woman (Isla Fisher) who dreams of becoming a writer for a prominent fashion magazine and has a passion for shopping, finds herself unemployed and with a huge credit card debt. She accepts a job at a financial advice magazine and her columns become very popular, although her large debt eventually catches up with her. Also with Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Fred Armisen, Leslie Bibb, Lynn Redgrave, Robert Stanton and Julie Hagerty. Directed by P.J. Hogan. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes. A woman kisses a man on the cheek.
 A man and a woman are shown in bed together (we see his bare chest and her bare shoulders, and they appear to be sleeping). A man asks a woman on a date and she accepts.
 A woman stumbles and falls into a man's arms on purpose (he doesn't seem to be interested). Men and women dance at a restaurant. A woman dances with a man and she makes humorous gestures that could be construed as suggestive. A woman is introduced as a prostitute.
 A woman moans like as if she is having an orgasm when she is thinking about buying something. A woman admires another woman and remarks about her legs, and the woman's briefcase snaps open (could be construed as suggestive). A woman swoons when she passes a store.
 A woman sees a large statue behind a man seating at a desk and yells, "There's a naked man behind you"; she walks to the window and looks down, below the statue's waist, and remarks about the view the people on lower floors have.
 Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage in many scenes. A woman wears a short skirt that reveals bare thighs. A woman wears a short top and boy short panties.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Two women fight over a pair of boots, they wrestle each other, and they fall onto a table. A woman slaps a man in the face (she implies that he has said something inappropriate, in a different language).
 A woman slips on beads that have fallen on the floor and she nearly falls. Anxious to get the phone away from a man, a woman crawls across a table and tries to grab it out of his hand. A woman spins while dancing with a man and accidentally strikes him in the face with a hand-held fan a couple of times. A woman spills a tray of food and some of it lands on people.
 A woman opens a closet and many things come out -- we see her buried under a huge pile of clothing. A woman walks into a glass wall, she bounces back and seems OK. Mannequins become animated and talk to a woman in several scenes.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 scatological term, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (workaholic, shopaholic), 10 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two women drink shots of Tequila and become drunk, people drink alcohol at a party, people drink alcohol at a club, and people drink alcohol at a ball.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Shopping addiction, excessive credit card debt, obsession, practicality, happiness, cost vs. worth, nepotism, over spending, magazine industry, stalking, lying, ruthless collection companies, disappointment, irony, family, friendship, jealousy, credibility, inspiration, reputation, moral conscience, honesty, saving money.

MESSAGE - Letting material things define us is a mistake.

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