• 15
  • Anand Tucker (2005)
  • US / UK
  • 102 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Steve Martin delivers one of his finest performances in years in this bittersweet comedy drama. Adapted by Martin from his novella, it's a wry, achingly poignant tale of love, longing and impossible dreams. A radiant Claire Danes plays Mirabelle, the Beverly Hills department store assistant, who is swept off her feet by Martin's wealthy entrepreneur, Ray. This attentive sophisticate is the apparent opposite of her other on/off suitor, slacker oddball Jeremy (a hilarious Jason Schwartzman), and gives her all she could dream of - except, heartbreakingly, the one thing she really needs. With its delicately balanced mix of melancholy and wit, there's something of a Lost in Translation feel about this languid and handsomely shot feature. Danes is particularly natural, while Martin's deceptive gentleness is reminiscent of Bill Murray in Sofia Coppola's picture. Yet despite its emotional astuteness, the storyline remains flimsy, with a far too convenient and predictable conclusion.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Claire Danes, Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman. Mirabelle Buttersfield works behind the glove counter in a swanky Beverly Hills department store, but dreams of being an artist. Struggling to pay off her student loan and unimpressed by the attentions of slacker oddball Jeremy, she feels that life is passing her by. Then she meets the charming, wealthy and much older Ray Porter, who gives her a new outlook and teaches her valuable lessons about life and love.

Cast and crew


Mirabelle Buttersfield
Claire Danes
Ray Porter
Steve Martin
Jason Schwartzman
Lisa Cramer
Bridgette Wilson
Dan Buttersfield
Sam Bottoms
Catherine Buttersfield
Frances Conroy
Christie Richards
Rebecca Pidgeon
Samantha Shelton
Del Rey
Gina Doctor
Mr Agasa
Clyde Kusatsu


Anand Tucker

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Sexual references.
Available on DVD
Released 20 Jan 2006
Certificate 15