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Based on Steve Martin's best-selling novella, and starring Golden Globe(R) winner Claire Danes (Best Actress In A TV Series, MY SO-CALLED LIFE, 1994), Golden Globe(R) nominee Steve Martin (Best Actor In A Motion Picture -- Comedy/Musical, FATHER OF THE BRIDE PART II, 1995), and Jason Schwartzman (BEWITCHED), SHOPGIRL is a disarmingly funny love story. Mirabelle, brilliantly played by Danes, is an aspiring artist working behind the glove counter at a Beverly Hills department store when she meets two very different men -- Jeremy (Schwartzman), a socially inept guy who doesn't seem to be going anywhere, and Ray (Martin) a wealthy entrepreneur who has the world at his feet. Filled with the mixed signals and missteps of a modern romance, SHOPGIRL is a fresh and witty, warm, and funny romantic comedy you can't help but fall in love with.
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 doesnt 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 its confusing to have him in two roles, and the information is pretty useless, even robbing the film of a final grace note. --Doug Thomas
funny moments are not the focus but surface here and there as part of the overall dramatic canvas - defnitely worth viewing - very well written and acted - steve martin is very... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul H. Lamon
One of my favorite movies ever. Great story and beautiful soundtrack.Published 4 months ago by Guillaume
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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
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
May 31, 2006 by stewart L | See all 6 posts
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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
Jun 13, 2006 by K. Tapley | See all 6 posts