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A glimpse inside the lives of three very different people on diverse paths, but all in search of the same thing. Mirabelle is a plain Jane overseeing the rarely frequented glove counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. An artist struggling to keep up with even the minimumpayment on her credit card and student loans, she keeps to herself until a rich, handsome fifty-something, Ray Porter, sweeps her off her feet. Simultaneously, Mirabelle is being pursued by Jeremy, a basic bachelor who's not quite as cultured and successful as Ray. When fate steps in, the outcome won't necessarily have a storybook ending, because in the end, it is life.


Any fan of Steve Martin's 2000 novella will enjoy this pitch-perfect adaptation, which glowingly captures the bittersweet tones of a May-December romance. Martin wrote the screenplay and stars as Ray Porter, a button-down 50-something executive who reaches out to a much younger woman as a Los Angeles playmate. The book and movie, though, are both primarily about Mirabelle (Claire Danes), a 20-something with a pile of promises, debt, and depression, as she fades away into a slow corner of Saks selling unneeded formal gloves. She's a wisp of a person, with a cat who doesn’t love her, and when she finds a suitor, it's Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman), a scruffy artist who babbles on about speakers. When the gentlemanly Porter calls, his appearance in her life begins to make her whole. It also immediately sets her up for sadness--Ray thinks of Mirabella as a precious outlet for sex, while Mirabelle, very mistakenly, sees Ray as a potential lifelong mate. Martin deftly turns the novella's prose into dialogue, allowing the movie to feel full-bodied, and the film also works as a comedy, as we witness Jeremy's growth on the road with a rock band. Schwartzman would walk away with film if not for the perfectly cast leads: Martin does another smart turn away from his wild-and-crazy moniker, Danes has never been better in an Oscar-worthy performance, and Bridgette Wilson-Sampras aces her role as a hot-to-trot co-worker of Mirabelle's. Whoever's decision to have Martin be the omnipresent narrator, though, should be penalized, as it’s confusing to have him in two roles, and the information is pretty useless, even robbing the film of a final grace note. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

"Evolution Of A Novella: The Making Of SHOPGIRL"|Deleted Scenes|Audio Commentary By Director Anand Tucker

Product Details

  • Actors: Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
  • Directors: Anand Tucker
  • Writers: Screenplay By Steve Martin Based On His Novella
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EDWKX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,920 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shopgirl" on IMDb

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Let me start of by saying that I loved this movie. I loved it for the simpleness in which this story is presented. I loved it for its acting, the wonderful portrayal of interesting characters by three wonderful actors. I loved it for its unassuming telling of a what I like to coin a "coming of love" story. I loved it for its character development and for the way humor is interweaved.

This is the story of Mirabelle, portrayed by Claire Daines, a twenty-something girl from Vermont that is living in L.A. and works as a shop girl in a famous department store. Each night, Mirabelle comes home to her plain second story apartment, calling for her cat Sylvia that continously hides from her. Mirabelle's life is as simple as her wishes. She is not out for fame or fortune, but rather is looking to be recognized as a person who is valuable, has something to offer and should be loved for all the right reasons. When Mirabelle meets Jeremy, a scruffy artist that is awkward and socially inept, she gets involved with him because "sometimes women just want to be held", as she hears on a radio talk show. But there is no romance with Jeremy and when Ray Porter, an older rich man offers her roses, dinners and polite conversations, Mirabelle is soon swept up by his gentlemanly behavior. While Ray can offer her all the things that young girls dream off - beautiful dresses, quiet dinners by candle lights, weekend trips to NYC - he also remains emotionally distant. The viewer watches Mirabelle get involved with both men, learning not only about herself and what is important to her, but also about life's and love's complications.

While the story centers around Mirabelle, both Ray and Jeremy are also very well developed as characters.
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My god. Some of the people who have ripped apart this movie have utterly missed it's message, point, and beauty. I wasn't going to write a review, but I couldn't stand thinking that those opinions might change someone's idea of seeing this movie. Where I come from with this review: I've read the book, I'm in film as an actress, playwright, director, and screenwriter. The film is amazing and touching. It builds slowly, as life builds slowly. The characters have their oddities but not all people in life are 100% perfect. The characters are far from flat and you care for them because they are part of humanity. The camera work is stunning. I haven't seen the camera work so well since American Beauty or Amalie. I know I will be berated because I personally love this film, but my opinion needed to be out there so that someone might view this movie with an honest eye and have the chance to love it too. I truly hope, for you, that you find this and cherish it.
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Based on the novella of the same name by Steve Martin, this deeply moving, sometimes funny film feels like a glimpse into reality for movie watchers. Here we have characters that are truly affected by what takes place around them. That have real emotions and react to real situations. What results is a slowly-unfolding story of love, lust, and how humans deal with it all.

Claire Daines plays a 20-something who moved from Vermont to LA to make a name for herself as an artist. She starts dating a young slacker (Jascon Schwartzman) and soon after also starts dating an older entrepreneur (Steve Martin). Each time she goes on a date with Martin we see the awkwardness that results in an older man pursuing a (much) younger woman. But it's never played off for simple laughs. It is shown to us in a very realistic honest way.

Although the film could be classified as a romantic comedy, or a dark comedy, or a light drama... or something along those lines, I don't think it really falls into any of those categories. It's more the story of a young woman finding her way in life. Claire Danes is remarkable, and so are Martin and Schwartzman. The acting in this film really help set the mood, as does the lighting, and cinematography. It really feels like this film was put together very carefully for our viewing pleasure.
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Contemplative, serene and very very quiet, "Shopgirl"manages to makes its points through the piling up of many small, muted gestures and kabuki-like scenes.

Mirabelle (Claire Danes in a subtle, ingratiating performance) is lonely and her job as a Saks 5th Avenue salesgirl affords her no opportunity to meet anyone...that is until she meets super-rich Ray Porter (Steve Martin) and at the same time super-poor, Jeremy ( a manic Jason Schwartzman).

Like the novella on which it is based, "Shopgirl" offers up a simple triangle of three lost souls looking for a mate: Mirabelle, the dreamer without the wherewithal emotionally or socially to do much about pursuing her dreams, Ray: filthy-rich, worldly...who sees what he wants in Mirabelle and easily gathers up her bony, rail thin soul in his arms and Jeremy: bright, ambitious, socially and physically inept bursting with big love and big feelings who targets Mirabelle as the receptacle for all of his stuff.

All of this ends on a bittersweet note: neither tragic nor heart-poundingly upbeat. But like Life outside of the Movies: it goes like that sometimes.
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steve martin
Try the director's commentary track. Whether or not you agree that he succeeds in what he sets out to do, he does explain a lot of what you ask about.
Feb 7, 2007 by The Man in the Hathaway Shirt |  See all 2 posts
Why $29.99?
Fact some stores will charge whatever they feel they can get away with.Why some people are more apt to buy an item if the price is raised.Furthur when one store is charging 29.99 another is charging 14.99 and 19.99.My review was removed when i stated point blank you are being ripped off.I rewrote... Read More
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not a review
This film (and then later book) struck a chord in my own personal life as well. This film made me pause and consider the May-December relationships that I was involved in as a young woman in Los Angeles. It explained some things to me that I had not considered about my youth. Thank you Mr.... Read More
Aug 15, 2007 by K. Webster |  See all 2 posts
ok, steve martin is a misogynist
I'm not sure if you really understood it. Did you read the book? I (and many, many other women I know) were stunned at how acute Steve Martin's insight into the female brain was. It was the first tine, for many of us, that we felt an author had truly spoken to us.

I don't see Mirabelle as... Read More
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