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Shopgirl (2005)

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A film adaptation of Steve Martin's novel about a complex love triangle between a bored salesgirl, a wealthy businessman and an aimless young man.

Director:

Anand Tucker

Writers:

Steve Martin (novel), Steve Martin (screenplay)
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Ray Porter
Claire Danes ... Mirabelle
Jason Schwartzman ... Jeremy
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Lisa Cramer
Sam Bottoms ... Dan Buttersfield
Frances Conroy ... Catherine Buttersfield
Rebecca Pidgeon ... Christie Richards
Samantha Shelton ... Loki
Gina Doctor Gina Doctor ... Del Rey
Clyde Kusatsu ... Mr. Agasa
Romy Rosemont ... Loan Officer
Joshua Snyder ... Trey Bryan
Rachel Nichols ... Trey's Girlfriend
Shane Edelman ... Chet
Emily Kuroda ... Japanese Woman
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Storyline

Twenty-something native Vermonter Mirabelle Buttersfield, having recently graduated from college, is finding her new life in Los Angeles not quite what she was expecting or hoping. An aspiring artist, she is barely eking out a living working as a clerk at the women's evening gloves counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills and thus she can barely make the payments on her massive student loans. She treats her job with a certain distance, often daydreaming as she watches the life of the rich as they shop at the store. She has made no friends, including from among her Saks colleagues, and thus lives a solitary existence, which does not assist in her dealing with her chronic clinical depression. So it is with some surprise that two men with a romantic interest in her enter her life almost simultaneously. The first is poor slacker Jeremy, who works as an amplifier salesman/font designer. Mirabelle continues dating Jeremy as only a relief to her solitary life, as Jeremy doesn't seem to ... Written by Huggo

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Relationships don't always fit like a glove.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

4 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az eladólány See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$229,685, 23 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,281,585, 19 March 2006
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Martin had Tom Hanks in mind to play Ray Porter, but as the film's development progressed, he felt he was better suited to play the part since he was so familiar with the work. See more »

Goofs

After the love scene between Clair and Steve the head on shot of the bed shows a red wall, although when the camera shows the side angle the wall is now green. See more »

Quotes

Mirabelle: Are we going in?
Jeremy Kraft: Go in? Oh, no. I just thought we'd look at it.
Mirabelle: So... we would just sit here, then?
Jeremy Kraft: Yeah, or walk around. This place is called City Walk. It got eight out of ten in my date book. It's not called "City-Go-and-See-a-Movie". Tickets are, like, ten bucks too, so...
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Connections

Referenced in Game k n b?: Episode dated 5 October 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere in My Heart
(1997)
Written by Jeff Oakes and Bill Peterson
Performed by The Volebeats
Published by Jeff Oakes and Bill Peterson, BMI
Courtesy of Safehouse Records
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This is no time to stop believing in love!
27 December 2005 | by icelandknightSee all my reviews

Just saw it... Wow! What an EXCELLENT movie! Several appropriate quotes come to mind: There's hope for love, yet! I may be a GUY and all that, but it was definitely handkerchief time a few times during this movie!

I'd like to get the ONLY negative observation out of the way at the start, I feel Steve Martin could have skipped some of the voice overs, or STOPPED earlier, giving us SOME credit for appreciating the situation, without having to spoon feed it to us in case we missed it. If that had been skipped it would have been PERFECT. - I realize, though, in today's numbed (read that as "dumb") society some of the people may not get the whole story, so I guess the thinking people must make allowances for him trying to put his point across to them, but there you go.

This is a great LOVE date movie. You can even expect to get married soon after you see it with a partner! Also expect it raising questions in your relationship. Where you're going with it, will it be going anywhere, etc.

In case you haven't seen it, here's a quick plot synopsis: It's somewhat romantic a story of a girl working at a rather expensive department store who dates two guys who are very different. First the young, uncouth, immature and impulsive guy. Then a rich, suave, intense and sophisticated guy (Steve Martin). Basically it's a moral tale that puts her in various situations which puts the audience sympathy on her side. It is unfair, the way she is treated, and if it inspires someone to be more less like the characters, more truthful and honest, it will have served it's purpose, and entertained you at the same time.

That's what makes it so great.

It's one of these movies where you leave feeling you're a better person than when you came into the cinema.


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