Who's In It: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Fred Armisen, Leslie Bibb, Lynn Redgrave, Julie Hagerty
The Basics: Something about a young stupid person who thinks she's a journalist when, in reality, she should be cast on that repulsive Rachel Zoe show as a fledgling and copiously weeping celebrity stylist. This person spends beyond her means and she's totally cute doing it. Then she gets a job at a magazine devoted to--IRONY!!--thrifty living and has to hide her debtor-identity from her rich boss that she's falling in love with and then...uh...wait, I forget. Oh yeah, MORE lying and shopping and squealing and falling down on the floor. The planned sequel involves the magazine being shut down and our heroine living in a refrigerator box under a bridge.
What's The Deal: I have this friend who became fake-obsessed with the giant Vivienne Westwood wedding dress box from the Sex and the City movie. A real quote from that friend: "I want that thing to be my coffin." And you can hate that sentiment, or automatically hate movies about people who wear tons of great clothes and spend like there's no tomorrow and who aren't touched by real-world economic meltdowns, but that's not really the point here. The real issue any half-brained person should have with this movie is that's it's dull and unfunny. When the meringue-light Sex or The Devil Wears Prada seem like serious treatises on consumer culture and come off like comedic gold compared to your bad photocopy version that aims only to be half as funny and succeeds even less, then you're doomed and that Vivienne Westwood box is too good a receptacle in which to dump your finished product.
Featuring A Talented Supporting Cast Of People You Used To Like: John Goodman, Joan Cusack, Fred Armisen, John Lithgow and Lynn Redgrave are going to be busy looking for their deleted scenes on the DVD and wondering why they automatically assumed that being in a film from the director of Muriel's Wedding and My Best Friend's Wedding was a safe move. Maybe because they forgot to hunt down his other credits, the ones that went straight to cable.
Who's Having A Bit of A Laugh: Kristen Scott Thomas. If you saw the French films Tell No One or I've Loved You For So Long then you know that she speaks that language impeccably and can carry an entire film by herself that way. Here, she sounds like Steve Martin in The Pink Panther 2 and doesn't seem to care.
Patricia Field-Centric Moral Of The Story: The only people who look good in her eye-popping ensembles are drag queens, Sarah Jessica Parker, and more drag queens.