Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (2005)
Not Loving Hewitt This Time
Katya Livingston (Jennifer Love Hewitt) may work for an advertising agency but it is not the focus of her life, neither is the fact that with her accountant inside she now has to keep a journal of all her expenditure for tax purposes. Nope the focus of Katya's life is climbing the social ladder and that means getting in to the must be seen at party, the Royal Ball, so that she can snag herself an eligible bachelor, although there just happens to be another man on the landscape Charles Fitz (Colin Ferguson) who she keeps on seeing in the work's elevator.
I am torn when it comes to "Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber" as to whether it achieves what it set out to do or whether or not it is a total bust. You see the focus of the movie is Katya, a real spoilt brat/ prima donna and Jennifer Love Hewitt plays her with so much over the top bite that I am not sure whether it works. Hewitt certainly puts it all out there especially when it comes to her cleavage as she parades around in low cut tops and bras but she makes the character so loathsome that it is impossible to find her funny let alone warm to her.
The knock on effect of Jennifer Love Hewitt delivering such an OTT performance is that you stop paying too much attention to what is going on. When you do sort of focus on things we have Katya trying to get to the party and her boyfriend ambitions but in truth they end up not that interesting. In fact again it is the over the top performances which end up grabbing your attention such as Joseph Lawrence turning it on as Katya's gay friend.
What this all boils down to is that "Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber" ends up an over the top mess, a movie which thrives on larger than life performances but unfortunately this makes characters unlikeable and annoying which is how the movie ends up.
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