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



Total Count: 153


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Based on Steve Martin's bestselling novella, 'Shopgirl' is a funny and poignant story of love in the modern age. The film catches 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 minimum payment on her credit card and student loans, she keeps to herself until a rich, handsome fifty something named 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 may not always be a storybook ending, because in the was life.

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Steve Martin
as Ray Porter
Claire Danes
as Mirabelle Buttersfield
Jason Schwartzman
as Jeremy Kraft
Sam Bottoms
as Dan Buttersfield
Frances Conroy
as Catherine Buttersfield
Gina Doctor
as Del Rey
Clyde Kusatsu
as Mr. Agasa
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Christie Richards
Romy Rosemont
as Loan Officer
Joshua Snyder
as Trey Bryan
Rachel Nichols
as Trey's Girlfriend
Emily Kuroda
as Japanese Woman
John Fedevich
as Hot Tears Band Member
Johnny Fedevich
as Hot Tears Band Member
Zak Sally
as Hot Tears Band Member
Shannon Hile
as SAKS Customer
Joe Bays
as Businessman
Kevin Kilner
as Charley
Kris Deskins
as Armani Seamstress
Mathew Smith
as Volebeat Band Member
Troy Gregory
as The Volebeat
Laura Grady
as Cosmetic Girl
Scott Michalski
as The Volebeat
Russell Ledford
as The Volebeat
Jeff Oakes
as The Volebeat
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Critic Reviews for Shopgirl

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (61)

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

    Nov 18, 2005
  • A minimalist almost-love story told with epic flourishes.

    Nov 18, 2005 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    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.

    Nov 14, 2005

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • You get the feeling Martin's not really committed to his movie about a man who won't commit. And he keeps us from committing, as well.

    Nov 4, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • Where the book was preciously and carefully crafted, the movie just feels precious.

    Nov 4, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • It's a quiet, amusing, sad and hopeful film about the dissonance between age and youth, commitment and freedom, growth and stagnation.

    Nov 4, 2005 | Rating: B

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Shopgirl

  • Aug 01, 2017
    A lonely sales girl at the seldom visited glove counter has the misfortune of suddenly becoming the fixation of a poor dweeby slacker and a rich distant philanderer. Jason Schwartzman provides most of the Humour with his cluelessness, while Steve Martin Is more aloof and, dare I say it, bland then he's ever been. Considering that he actually wrote the story and play at the park, we must assume this is exactly how he wanted this character portrayed, but that doesn't contribute much to cinematic entertainment. A modest film yielding modest results.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2013
    Not bad. Not great mind you. The performances of Danes and Martin unfortunately can't save a lukewarm screenplay put together by Martin himself. Something about the relationships doesn't quite work either.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2012
    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.
    Emily A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2011
    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.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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