Shopgirl

Shopgirl

Anand Tucker (2005)

102min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

A budding artist moves to Los Angeles and has to decide between two vastly different suitors - an aspiring musician and an older, more sophisticated man who whisks her off her feet. Romantic comedy, starring Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman and Steve Martin, who also wrote the screenplay based on his own short story.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Sexual references. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 20 Jan 2006

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