Celluloid City: Confessions of a Shopaholic Filmed in Miami Beach and Downtown

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Over the years, Miami has served as the backdrop for hundreds of Hollywood movies. In Celluloid City, we spotlight some of the classics shot right in our own backyard. 

Most of us fell in love with Isla Fisher when she played the hilarious, albeit insane, wild girl to Vince Vaughn's straight man in 2005's the Wedding Crashers

Since then, Mrs. Sacha Baron Cohen hasn't done much, or at least the Aussie-born actress is playing it coy by not inundating us with 13 starring roles a year the way some actors do when they're en fuego. Fisher's appearances have been limited, but the same cannot be said for the Magic City in 2009's Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Fisher plays a cutesy, kooky character again, but we don't mind. She's just so darn cute. In the flick, she's crazy about shopping and boys; two things that Miami does better than most.  Aren't you just dying to see it now? Seriously, though, this comedy is also a coming-of-age story that serves as a satirical commentary on American consumerism. Okay, not really. It's just about shopping and boys. But it has two of our favorite actresses, Joan Cusack and Lynn Redgrave, so cast aside your chick flick prejudices.

Here's our ginger cutie at her nutty best:

Confessions was shot inside the Hyatt in downtown Miami, specifically in one of the stairwells. There were also various scenes shot on Miami Beach, including along ever popular Española Way and Lummus Park. Of course, in a movie about shopping, Ocean Drive had to be prominently displayed and it was during a walk and talk scene in the 1200 bock of the Beach's signature street. 

Like most romantic comedies, Confessions wasn't well received by critics or award entities, but our girl was nominated for a Nickelodeon Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress in a Comedy. That'll do, Isla. That'll do.

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