By Fred Topel | Images property of Touchstone Pictures
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Confessions of a Shopaholic seems like a departure for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The movie adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's book is definitely a "chick flick," but Bruckheimer was sure to point out its similarities to his more masculine films.
Bruckheimer Gives Confessions of a Shopaholic
"We have explosions," he said. "We have a closet explosion."
Joking aside, Bruckheimer saw something he liked in the material. "I think we loved the character. I mean, Becky Bloomwood's such a unique, fresh, interesting young girl who embodies a lot of what young girls around the world deal with. They deal with their credit cards. They deal with their workplace. They deal with a job that they don't really like and how to get out of it. I think it's a real empowerment, it's empowerment for women. This girl comes through the movie, starts out in one place and ends up in another place much more positive than where she started. She finds romance. She finds something she really loves doing."
He also knows what he likes in a leading lady, Isla Fisher. "Well, you see it on screen. She's vivacious, she's funny, she's a wonderful dramatic actress which this movie wouldn't work without the ability she has to pull that character off and see that she is serious. The comedic part, we saw what she could do in Wedding Crashers and some of her other work but the real surprise is that she's a wonderful dramatic actress."
Ultimately, producing a "chick flick" wasn't all that different from an action blockbuster or a sports movie. "It's all about the character and the screenplay. That's the key to everything. Tell a good story and fortunately we had a terrific novel to work off of, so that's a great help. How we put the movie together, the director we chose, the cast that we chose, it's what a producer does. It's putting the whole package together and convincing Disney to make it. Those are all things that help these things get made."
Confessions of a Shopaholic opens to theaters on February 13th.