Confessions of a Shopaholic
Alright, let’s try to soften things up a bit with a new movie. My sister and I were having a bonding moment this past weekend and decided to go out and watch Confessions of a Shopaholic. I thought the movie would be too ditsy and cliché, but it actually happened to be very fun and a great metaphor to life. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, it is about a girl who is left with thousands of dollars of credit card bills due to the fact that she can’t control her shopping habits.
Although it is easy to laugh at her lack of self control and her over-the-top (cute) sense of fashion, it brings up a serious problem many of us face today. Part of the reason why people are being affected by this “economic crisis” is because of the lack of ability to distinguish wants and needs. People were going out and getting loans to buy new cars and new homes without calculating the future outcome of not being able to afford it. But it even goes with simple things in life, such as buying a $600 pair of Jimmy Choo shoes to impress others, which you’re probably going to wear once, if that. I mean, if you can afford it, by all means have fun spending. But sadly, a lot of people who go on those crazy shopping sprees charge everything on their cards, and end up having difficulties paying back.
My sister told me that she read a random review which said, “it is insensitive to the economic crisis we’re in.” That is actually what prompted me to write this blog, because the person obviously didn’t understand what the movie was about: it teaches people to prioritize their needs in life and how to overcome debt and bad habits.
One of my favorite and inspiring quotes from the movie was, “If the American economy can be billions in debt and still survive, so can you.” Another one was when the main male character gave the girl $23 while waiting in line for a hot dog because she was delaying the process. She said, “You just paid $23 for a hot dog,” in which he responded “You want your scarf, I want my hot dog. Cost and worth are two very different things.”
Has anyone else seen the movie? Did you like it?