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Shopgirl

2005, Romance/Comedy, 1h 56m

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

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Struggling artist Mirabelle (Claire Danes) works a modest sales job at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, Calif., and dates underachieving musician Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman). Her workaday existence suddenly becomes more exciting when she meets the charming Ray (Steve Martin), a well-to-do customer at the store. Though Mirabelle's life appears to take an enchanted turn as Ray begins courting her, Ray's fear of commitment threatens to doom the relationship.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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