The Addictive “Confessions of a Shopaholic” Trivia Quiz

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Julie Medina

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Glamorous shoes. The joy of finding that perfect little black dress. It’s easy to become a shopaholic like Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) in this insightful comedy about shopping, finance and finding true happiness.

Who is the shopaholic?

Clothing and mannequins seem to beckon Rebecca Bloomwood, portrayed by Isla Fisher. You may recognize Isla Fisher from her many movies including Scooby-Doo (2002), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), Hot Rod (2007), Definitely, Maybe (2008), Rango (2011), Bachelorette (2012), and Arrested Development (2013). She is married to another comedic star, Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame.

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Who said this, “When I was a little girl, there were two prices. Shop prices and mom prices.”

Rebecca said this recalling what prices meant to her during her childhood – getting at the core of her shopaholic issue. Can you imagine this movie without Isla Fisher? Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Kirsten Dunst, Katie Holmes, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lindsay Lohan were all considered for the lead role. Witherspoon turned down the role of Rebecca Bloomwood because it was too much like her "Elle Woods" role Witherspoon from Legally Blonde (2001).

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What did Rebecca’s mother buy her that made the other trendy little girls laugh at her?

The defining moment that Rebecca Bloomwood knew she wanted to wear fashionable clothes was when her mother bought her sensible brown shoes (at a discount!) when she was shopping among trendy girls who laughed at her choice of shoes. Did you know that Isla Fisher is only 14 years younger than Joan Cusack who plays her mother, Jane Bloomwood?

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What was the first article of clothing Rebecca bought in the movie?

It was the green scarf that the mannequin talked her into buying. Her frantic need to get money to buy the green scarf also helped her have an accidental meeting with her soon-to-be boss. Isla Fisher researched shopaholics by visiting some overspent/under earner groups who are shopaholics and whose lives have essentially become unmanageable because of their shopping addiction.

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What is the name of Rebecca’s roommate?

Krysten Ritter portrays Suze Cleath-Stuart as Rebecca’s best friend and roommate. Suze and Rebecca get drunk going over Rebecca’s bills and then she writes letters to Alette and Successful Savings Magazines. After a long snooze (the next day) Rebecca realizes she has sent the letters to the wrong people. Krysten Ritter enjoys acting in comedic roles and is well-known as Jane Margolis in Breaking Bad, Chloe on Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and Jessica Jones as the title character. She has appeared in films such as What Happens in Vegas (2008), 27 Dresses (2008), She's Out of My League (2010), Veronica Mars (2014), and Big Eyes (2014).

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Which character said this? “I’ll get the tequila; you get the bills.”

Alette Naylor offers Rebecca a position at the magazine, and although it’s a dream come true, they don’t drink tequila. Alicia Billington is Rebecca’s nemesis and they would not be drinking together. Suze, on the other hand, helps her face her bills by assisting the tallying with some strong tequila. Suze also tears up a rent check (again) for Rebecca's part of the rent.

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Who is speaking to Rebecca? “Why do so many of your excuses involve Finland?” Rebecca: Because nobody checks up on Finland.”

Tarquin Cleath-Stuart, is Suze’s boyfriend and a witness to the craziness that his girlfriend and Rebecca go through to avoid bill collectors. Tarquin or Tarki, as they like to call him, is portrayed by Nick Cornish He is known for Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Storm Watch (2002) and Broadway's Finest (2012).

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What kind of magazine was Rebecca working for before it closed down, leaving her without a source of income?

The magazine is called, “Gardening Today” and the story she was supposed to cover prior to the company closing down was the Yard and Tool Expo. Rebecca has been a journalist for five years and has always wanted to write for Alette magazine, a top fashion magazine.

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Why did Rebecca interview for a job with Successful Savings when she really wanted to interview for a job with Alette Magazine?

The receptionist tells Rebecca that there is an open position with the magazine Successful Savings, explaining that getting a job at Successful Savings could eventually lead to a position at Alette magazine. Kristin Scott Thomas portrayed the owner of Alette magazine. She revealed in 2014 that she disliked the experience of filming; "I thought it would be quite good fun. But I spent my entire time waiting. I hated it, hated it, hated it, and I said that I wouldn't do another one. Funnily enough, I haven't been asked to."

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In her resume Rebecca “says” she is fluent in what language?

Unless you are from Finland, you probably don’t speak Finnish. Finnish is spoken by about five million people, most of whom reside in Finland. There are also notable Finnish-speaking minorities in Sweden, Norway, Russia, Estonia, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. As a comparison, it is estimated that there are more than 1.5 billion speakers of English globally.

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What is the name of Rebecca’s boss at Successful Savings Magazine?

Luke Brandon is portrayed by Hugh Dancy. You may know Hugh Dancy from his roles as Will Graham in the television series Hannibal for which he was nominated for two Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and as Prince Charmont in Ella Enchanted. In 2006, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his portrayal of Earl of Essex in the Channel 4 miniseries Elizabeth I. As for Tarquin Cleath-Stuart, he is Suze’s boyfriend and Edgar West is the owner of the magazine

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Who says this? “You’re opening up a whole demographic.”

Luke tells her how great her column is, as it has become an instant success, it is even being read internationally. Her column has opened up a new demographic, making financial news understandable by comparing it to everyday purchases. Rebecca’s dance skills are almost as good as her writing skills in the movie. When Luke takes Rebecca out on the dance floor he is hit in the face a few times with a fan he bought for he while she wildly swings her arms. According to Isla Fisher she improvised a part of that dance and she isn’t sure she should be proud of that.

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Who says “I was once stalked … by a dog.”

Derek Smeath is a bill collector who has been relentlessly hounding Rebecca for her money. When Luke and his secretary question Rebecca about her strange reaction to Derek’s call during the company meeting (she climbs on the table to stop Luke from answering a call from Derek), Rebecca promptly lies and says Derek is an old boyfriend who is stalking her. Luke secretary pipes in with her own stalking story.

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Who said this? “Risky investment is like a pair of platform boots.”

When Rebecca heard the investor say that to her, she replied, “Wait, no one has ever quoted me, back to me.” Although the shoes were a metaphor, Isla Fisher has a strong opinion on wearing shoes. She required five-inch stilettos to wear during filming. (She is 5’ 3”.)

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What creative way does Rebecca get out of speaking Finnish at a cocktail party?

After she gets the job as a columnist, her skills and the lies in her resume are put to test in a cocktail party with a group from Finland. She is confronted by a man speaking Finnish. Not ready to admit the truth, Rebecca solves the situation by slapping the man in front of everybody and claiming that men like him are the reason she left Finland. What the man was actually saying is not really that abusive: "Hi! So nice to meet another Finn in here! Ever since I've been here in Americ—" *slap*

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Who portrays Edgar West, owner of Successful Savings?

According to DVD commentary, Lithgow turned down the role of Edgar West twice before accepting it. Fred Armisen was approached for the West role after Lithgow initially turned it down, but after Lithgow changed his mind, the Ryan Koenig role was written for Fred Armisen. Ed Helms was cast as Derek Smeath but scheduling conflicts prevented him from taking the role. Although Robert Stanton did a wonderful job.

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Fred Armisen portrays Ryan Koenig; where else have you seen Fred Armisen?

Fred Armisen is an actor, voice artist, screenwriter, producer, director, singer, musician, and comedian. For his work on Portlandia, Armisen was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014. He has also won two Peabody Awards, one in 2008 as part of the Saturday Night Live political satire cast and one in 2011 for Portlandia.

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Credit cards are what according to Rebecca?

According to Rebecca, “When I was seven most of my friends stopped believing in magic. That's when I first started. [Sees beautiful women trying on accessories] They were beautiful, they were happy. They didn't even need any money, they had magic cards. In the opening, she names many charge and credit cards that have helped her achieve her look, as she walks down a New York street lined with store window.

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Who is Rebecca talking to? “Declined.” Rebecca: “Can you try again?” “Really Declined.”

A sales clerk at a designer clothing store ensures Rebecca knows her card is declined. Production on the film also included creating a group of faux upscale brand stores at the base of the Hearst Tower. Present were brands such as Valentino, Anna Sui, Catherine Malandrino and Alberta Ferretti. Several of the costumes were from the collection of French couture designer Gilles Montezin.

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How does the debt collector completely humiliate Rebecca?

Derek Smeath is a debt collector that humiliates her on national television. However, in real life this couldn’t happen as it against the FDCPA (the stipulations about disclosing debt to third parties). However, if this lapse of judgement somehow DID happen, she would be able to sue Derek Smeath and the debt collection company and win, as she had the recorded footage.

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What did Rebecca’s parents spend all their money on?

Rebecca’s mom tells her that ever since she has known Rebecca’s dad, he has wanted a motor home. But not just any motor home. Her father says it has, “A built-in blender, four electric fans and a thermal sewage disposal!” He is very proud of his purchase which was inspired by the Girl in the Green Scarf column.

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What is Luke’s mother’s name?

Luke tries to separate himself from his very well-known mother. As he wants to make it in this world on his own, and not on his mother’s coattails. Although the original story was set in London, the setting was changed to New York in order to make it connect with an American audience and as New York was seen as a selling point to female audiences following the success of Sex and the City (1998).

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Rebecca is very impressed with Luke when she finds out he speaks what?

The fine art of speaking Prada bespeaks a love of quality shoe and designer clothes. The scene was shot in the Prada store in New York City. As for being impressed, with Prada stores worldwide, besides a Prada online presence, probably more people speak Prada than Finnish.

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Who said this? “When I shop, the world gets better, and the world is better, but then it's not, and I need to do it again."

Rebecca is explaining her compulsion to shop. Were you aware that "A shopaholic" is not a medical nor a technical term? The proper word is oniomania, which is the describes the compulsive desire to shop.

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What Lady Gaga song is in the movie?

The lyrics of Lady Gaga’s song, Fashion, fit the movie to a tee. Here’s a sampling of the lyrics. “Fashion!/Looking good and feeling fine/Slay, Slay/Fashion! Step into the room/Like it's a catwalk/Fashion!/ Singing to the tune/Just to keep them talking/Fashion!/Walk into the light/Display your diamonds and pearls in mine/Fashion!/ Married to the night/ I own the world, we own the world.

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Speaking of music, what is Rebecca’s ringtone?

“Rich Girl” by Gwenn Stephani, is Rebecca’s ringtone. Dr. Dre, Gween Sefani’s music producer suggested using English reggae duo Louchie Lou & Michie One's 1993 song "Rich Girl", which itself interpolated "If I Were a Rich Man" from the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof. The music is definitely a character in the film, after Rebecca's first Shopaholics meeting, Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" can be heard playing in the background of many scenes. For instance, it is also used as elevator music.

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Who said this? “When I leave this house, ze opportunity leaves wis me.”

Rebecca answered with “Then you should both go.” Kristin Scott Thomas portrays Alette Naylor who visits Rebecca at her parent’s house. Kristin Scott Thomas, won the Best Supporting Actress BAFTA Award for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for The English Patient (1996). For her work in the theatre, she has been nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress five times, winning in 2008 for the Royal Court revival of The Seagull.

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Who is the basketball player in Rebecca’s support group?

The big guy who sells the hats in the last auction is John Salley, former NBA player of the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls. Salley is a retired professional basketball player, actor and talk show host. He was the first player in NBA history to play on three different championship-winning franchises, as well as the first player (and only one of two, the other being Tim Duncan) in the NBA to win a championship in three different decades. In this movie, he played a retired NBA player, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch for him.

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What was in the huge chuck of ice in Rebecca’s freezer?

She put her credit card on ice so she wouldn’t use it, only in the case of an emergency. The emergency came up in the guise of having to get a new purse for a cocktail party where she plans to talk to Alette Naylor, owner of Alette Magazine.

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In the ending, Rebecca receives applause from some unlikely characters. Who are they?

Mannequins in the store windows applaud when she decides to walk by instead of purchasing the items. This is of course, in her imagination only. It marks her ability to start managing her addiction. Isla Fisher (who plays Rebecca Bloomwood) admits that she actually hates shopping.

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How does Rebecca pay off her debt?

Rebecca pays off her entire debt in pennies, stating that she was doing it in the most inconvenient way possible. In real life, Mr. Smeath could have refused to accept it. While coins are legal tender within the Federal Reserve System, no law requires a merchant or anyone else to accept them. Legally, however, the debt would be considered paid off if he'd refused her payment.

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The film was based on the best-selling series of books by British author Sophie Kinsella, how many books were in the series AT THE TIME the film was made?

The film adapts the two books, “The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic”and “Shopaholic Abroad” which in the United States were known as “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “Shopaholic Takes Manhattan” respectively. The film uses the novel's American title, Confessions of a Shopaholic reinterpreting Rebecca as an American rather than English. Shopaholic is a series of novels written by the UK author Sophie Kinsella. As of October 2015, there are eight books in the series. The entire series has been optioned by a Hollywood studio. Shopaholic is also a series of games.

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The designer outfits were fabulous, how come?

The producers hired Patricia Field, costume designer, stylist, fashion designer and Emmy award winner for her work on Sex in the City and the Devil Wears Prada. In an interview on Touchstone on Demand, Patricia spoke about creating the one-of-a kind look for Rebecca, “You see it’s just an eclectic mix of something cute, something designer…It’s fashion forward but a little exaggeration for this extreme character who can’t stop shopping.”

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How was the movie received?

Confessions of a Shopaholic has received generally negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the critics felt "This middling romantic comedy underutilizes a talented cast and delivers muddled messages on materialism and conspicuous consumption.” On its opening weekend without Presidents' Day, the film opened #4 behind Taken, He's Just Not That Into You, and Friday the 13th. However, there must be an audience who like it, as the film grossed $44,277,350 at the domestic box office, while its worldwide box office was $106,904,619 the year if premiered.

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One of the cast members received recognition from the critics, who was that?

Isla Fisher's performance generated good reviews and she was nominated for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy at the Teen Choice Awards 2009. However she lost to Anne Hathaway for Bride Wars. The film itself was also nominated for Choice Movie: Romance, but lost to Twilight.

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