I rented Confessions of a Shopaholic - an adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's chick lit tome - which gave Isla Fisher her reward for a stellar presence in Wedding Crashers with a shot at genuine stardom.
The movie gathered a highly promising $15 million odd in its opening weekend, but surprisingly took a dive thereafter, clearing only $44 million (just over $100 million overseas).
Labor Pains - the title of which might well be about Lindsay Lohan's initiation into adult stardom - went straight to ABC Family.
While I'm happy to say that the boys seemed to like both movies, I couldn't help but feel that showing them just one would have done the trick. Why so? Here, take a look at a side by side comparison.
|Isla Fisher (plays Rebecca Bloomwood) is a bit of an idiot who is addicted - to shopping||Lindsay Lohan (plays Thea Clahill) is a bit of an idiot who is addicted - to tobacco|
|Despite being a layoff waiting to happen, Isla chances on a career opportunity in publishing which she proceeds to grab with chhal kapatt (she feigns qualifications)||Lindsay sees a career opportunity materialize in publishing after almost getting fired, which she proceeds to grab with chhal kapatt (she feigns pregnancy)|
|Isla's boss (Hugh Dancy) happens to be a scruffy, British dreamboat||Lindsay's boss (Luke Kirby) is a foppish, American dreamboat|
|All it takes to unlock Isla's genius at writing user friendly financial articles is support and direction from her male boss||All it takes to unlock Lindsay's genius at being a super editor is support and direction from her male boss|
|Ironically Isla's shopping addiction helps her become a famous writer||Lindsay's fake pregnancy mysteriously makes her a guru at launching parenting books|
|Isla and boss fall for each other in a plot point that makes you question the boss' judgement||Lindsay and boss fall for each other in a plot point that makes you wonder if Lindsay has lost her marbles|
|Isla has a supportive, chirpy girlfriend (Krysten Ritter) who is beyond annoying||Lindsay has a supportive, chirpy girlfriend (Cheryl Hines) who can be mildly annoying|
|Isla's deceit (she's in debt but doles out financial advice to others) is exposed on TV pissing off her new boss-boyfriend and placing her life in shambles||Lindsay's deceit is exposed when a balloon utilized to fake her pregnancy pops - giving heart attacks to numerous pregnant women everywhere. This pisses her boss off and leaves the movie in shambles|
|Everyone deserves a second chance - especially well meaning women. Boss-boyfriend returns and forgives, career opportunity arises again!||Yes, there are second chances in life. Lindsay wins her boss and boyfriend back! A new career is launched.|
|A green scarf plays a prominent role in the movie||A blue balloon plays a prominent role in the movie|
|The movie has brief parades of great dresses||Lindsay parades herself in the shower briefly, undressed|
|Moral of the movie: a little lying can get you a lot, but you have to be sorry and look cute doing it||Moral of the movie: a little lying can get you a lot, but you have to be sorry and look cute doing it|