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Based on Steve Martin's best-selling novella, and starring Golden Globe winner Claire Danes (Best Actress In A TV Series, My So-Called Life, 1994), Golden Globe 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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 147
- Fresh: 90
- Rotten: 57
- Average Rating: 6.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A minimalist almost-love story told with epic flourishes.
Fresh: A slim, charming, romantic story, full of intentionally mild humor about strong themes -- passion, commitment, loneliness.
Fresh: 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.
Rotten: 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.
Not what you thinkit will be
I watched this movie and really liked it alot. Maybe even loved it. BUt it is definitely not a laugh out loud comedy. It has a humor to it. It is an intelligent movie, but it is also kind of depressing. The figures in the movie are rather sad figures. Nonetheless, it's great appeal is that it is a very reall and true movie. It is reflective of what life is really like. And I like that. In the end, the protaganist is not such a sad figure. She finds meaningful, real fulfillment, and it seems the other characters lead the lives they really want to lead. So good movie. Just don't rent it if you're looking for laughs. Rent it if you're the cerebral type who might appreciate a more . . . foreign film sensiblity (American movies always seem to have to be super happy or super amazing/unbelievable).
Do you need change?
A disclaimer: I worship Steve Martin and he can do no wrong in my eyes. That being said, this is a terrific piece of cinema. It's a pseudo-comedy, to be sure... it's a thinking comedy. You find yourself rooting for Jason Schwartzman's character, despite his flaws. It makes you think about life in the city, the ability to find happiness, and just how screwed up life can get sometimes. But, you know, in a funny way.
Love This Movie
I loved the novella and I love this movie. Claire Danes is perfect as Mirabelle. I can't imagine anyone else in that role. A great story, great cinematography, and great acting.