Oh boy, I am in some serious debt. So serious in fact that to even bear to look at my bills I had to get mega-drunk and now I can’t remember a thing. Do you remember what happened in Confessions of a Shopaholic?
Pop Quiz Hot Shot!
1) At the beginning of the film they go through Rebecca Bloomwood’s debts. Approximately how much does she owe?
2) What magazine does Rebecca originally work for? And what magazine does she go to work for and why?
3) Where does Rebecca say she is from (and is fluent in the language of) multiple times during the course of the film and why?
4) Throughout the film Rebecca is trying to avoid Derek Smeath, a debt collector. Who does she tell people he is?
5) How much does Luke buy the green scarf for at the end of the film?
Bonus Question: How long does it say that Luke’s business, Brandon Communications, last?
1) A whopping sixteen thousand dollars. Woof.
2) She originally works for Gardening Today! After that is dissolved she goes to work for Successful Saving as a finance writer.
3) She says she is from Finland and is fluent in Finnish during her interview and in Miami at the magazine conference. It is just a fake interview thing to pad her resume, and no one checks up on Finland she thinks.
4) She tells people he is her lunatic ex-boyfriend who has been stalking her for a year.
5) He pays $300, and guess what? He was both bidders on the phone … somehow? That doesn’t make any sense. But whatever, I guess maybe it makes some sense. I still think it would have been better if his assistant did it, but whatever.
Bonus Answer: The answer is eighteen months, but only because that was the designed runway Luke gave himself to get the PR firm off the ground. An instant smash hit given the interest the Girl in the Green Scarf garnered for him on the international stage, the entire venture was mostly just to prove to himself that he could start a successful business. Quickly getting features in the Wall Street Journal BranCom (as people in the biz call it) was estimated to be worth millions after its first year, and Luke quickly begins negotiations with Dantay-West and Conde Nast for competing bids, selling out for an undisclosed sum (rumored to be in the hundreds of millions). Given the short lived nature of the business and personal invested income, Luke had a nearly 100% controlling interest once the initial business loans were paid off. Luke took over Ryan Koenig’s position at Dantay-West, and Brandon Communications became the conglomerate’s PR firm expanding from financial PR to restaurant PR (Whisk), real estate PR (City Loft) and fashion PR (Alette), the division which Rebecca would eventually run.
Fine, this is just my pitch for the Confessions of a Shopaholic Extended Universe. I’m thinking we could be getting CoaS brand department stores by the end of this! That’s a booming business, right?