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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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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The song played by Luther's band in the concert scene is "Lily and Parrot" from Mark Kozelek's real-life band, Sun Kil Moon, off their first album "Ghosts of the Great Highway". See more »

Goofs

When Mirabelle turns and walks towards Jeremy after her final meeting with Ray, an aerial shot shows Jeremy to be raising his arms to embrace her. In the next shot, his arms are at his sides. See more »

Quotes

Jeremy Kraft: So, can I kiss you or what?
Mirabelle: The point being?
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Connections

References The Abyss (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Carry Me Ohio
(2002)
Written and Performed by Mark Kozelek
Published by God Forbid, BMI
Courtesy of Jetset Records
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Bittersweet romance
12 November 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"Shopgirl", the magnificent novella by Steve Martin, finally arrives as a movie that expands on the text, as Anand Tucker, its director, demonstrates. Steve Martin also adapted his own story, which works well with the movie version since he knows what he wants to say and how to present the story in cinematic terms.

This film is about how sometimes a man, who evidently is a successful business person, can't see what he does to a woman who, in spite of the warnings, has fallen deeply in love with him. Ray Porter, is an egotistical man, incapable of expressing his emotions unless they are in the form of material things. Ray is an empty man who can buy whoever he wants to be with, but who demands there will be no strings attached to any sort of relationship.

Mirabelle, the young gloves sales lady at Los Angeles' Saks 5th Ave., is a lonely girl who has relocated to the city from Vermont. It's hard for anyone in that environment to connect with people, especially in a place like L.A. where no one talks to one another and everyone seems to be impressed with celebrities that are to be seen everywhere. Mirabelle is destined to a life of loneliness until two men appear at about the same time, the goofy Jeremy, and Ray Porter.

Jeremy likes Mirabelle in his own crazy way. Mirabelle responds to him because he means easy companionship without complications. When Ray appears on the scene, Mirabelle has no clue about what she is getting in for. Before anything, Ray makes it clear he wants no commitment, and no attachment. It's just a convenient situation for him as he has calculated that Mirabelle is perhaps a sexual diversion, at best. He finally reveals what he really has in mind when he tells the girl his intentions for the New York apartment, something that he hasn't included her in, at all.

This bittersweet story comes alive because of Claire Danes great performance as Mirabelle. Ms. Danes is perfectly cast as Mirabelle. Steve Martin's characterization as Ray Porter, is superb in his take about this man. Mr. Martin clearly understands what this man is really like and what makes him tick. Both these actors contribute to making their characters feel real.

On the other hand, the goofy performance from Jason Schartzman is distracting from the other story. The best sequence involves the beautiful Bridgette Wilson in thinking Jeremy is the real Ray Porter.

The excellent cinematography by Peter Suschitzky gives "Shopgirl" a sophisticated look that goes perfectly with the story being told. Anand Tucker directed with elegance and a sure hand making the film a winner.


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