Shopgirl (2005)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Shopgirl is precariously slight, but it has some intriguing moments, and Danes is luminous.


Movie Info

Steve Martin wrote the screenplay and served as co-producer for this screen adaptation of his short novel, which takes a witty but bittersweet look at a young woman and the two men involved with her. Mirabelle Buttersfield (Claire Danes) is an aspiring artist in her mid-twenties who, after graduating from college, moved to Los Angeles, where she works at the glove counter of an upscale department store. Mirabelle's job is simple and not demanding, but it doesn't pay especially well, and she … More

Rating: R (for some sexual content and brief language)
Genre: Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Martin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2006
Box Office: $10.1M
Runtime:
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Ray Porter

as Mirabelle Buttersfie...

as Jeremy Kraft

as Dan Buttersfield

as Dan Buttersfield

as Catherine Buttersfie...

as Del Rey

as Mr. Agasa

as Christie Richards

as Loan Officer

as Trey Bryan

as Trey's Girlfriend

as Japanese Woman

as Hot Tears Band Membe...

as Hot Tears Band Membe...

as Hot Tears Band Membe...

as SAKS Customer

as Businessman

as Charley

as Volebeat Band Member

as Armani Seamstress

as The Volebeat

as Cosmetic Girl

as The Volebeat

as The Volebeat

as The Volebeat
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Critic Reviews for Shopgirl

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (46)

A slim, charming, romantic story, full of intentionally mild humor about strong themes -- passion, commitment, loneliness.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A minimalist almost-love story told with epic flourishes.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Newsweek
Top Critic

The sheer charm of Ms. Danes' performance, combined with the convincingly resigned sadness of Mr. Martin and the intense sincerity of the singularly uncharismatic Mr. Schwartzman, make this a deeply bittersweet film experience.

Full Review… | November 14, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

Meant to be bewitchingly graceful, instead comes off as half-asleep

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
CinePassion

I'm not entirely sure how it will play to a large audience, but it might have enough charm and wit, with a dash of complicated romance, to keep one entertained.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Hasn't the brightness of a romantic comedy nor the tristesse of melodrama.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Shopgirl

This movie is small, quiet and very honest. It was kind of interesting the way, even though the film is called Shopgirl, Mirabelle is pretty much the least interesting character in the film. Ray is probably the most interesting, while Jeremy is an insufferable caricature of a twenty-something screw-up. This movie reminded me a lot of Closer, in that it had little in the way of forward-momentum story-wise. The core of this film was in the way its characters interacted and shaped each other. It bothered me a little bit that all it took to turn Jeremy from a self-absorbed, awkward twerp to a real human being was a little while on tour and listening to an audiobook about relationships. It seemed like something of a cop-out; there's really no social Band-Aid solution for social ineptitude. If there were, I'd be going around fixing people left and right. One of the only other things I didn't like was the voice-over narration; I would have much rather made up my own mind about the proceedings, as opposed to being told what to think about it by Ray (of all people). Ray isn't the bad guy here, any more than Jeremy is the good guy, and I think to paint them as such really sells this complex little movie short. In fact, I think the biggest pleasure I got from this movie is figuring the characters out. I could tell when Ray was talking to his therapist that he and Mirabelle were going to get hurt, if only because that's what happens when people want different things from their relationship and don't know about that conflict. This was an endlessly interesting movie, real and sweet and not so much funny as droll. I love puzzle films.

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Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

A rare case where I have actually upgraded this a star from my original rating.
I don't think I fully appreciated this movie until I rewatched it. I think originally I expected a chick flick, which it's not, as it is packaged in that way. This is much better than a chick flick!
Claire Danes is fantastic as Mirabelle. I could really relate to her slightly awkward character. The depression angle was really well played. Originally I hated Jeremy as he's a bit yuck and stingy with money - no ones idea of a leading guy in a romance, but I found I warmed to him on a second viewing - well, compared to Steve Martin's Ray, who is not age appropriate and psychologically unwell himself, in a different way to Mirabelle. Just a really well played and quite sweet little movie.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

I've said it before - I like stories about relationships, and this suits the bill. In it, Claire, Ray and Jeremy all learn quite a bit about love.

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