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Shopgirl (2005)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 21, 2005
• UK: 9 Dec 2005
BoxOffice: $10.1M

Official Website:
Shopgirl Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for some sexual content and brief language.

Running Time
1 hour, 44 minutes

Country UK, Switzerland, USA

Production Companies
Shopgirl Inc., Hyde Park Entertainment, Brass Hat Films Slate 1 Shopgirl (UK), Epsilon Motion Pictures, Touchstone Pictures

Studio Buena Vista Pictures

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy

Tagline: Relationships don't always fit like a glove.

Plot: In adapting his popular novella to the big screen, Steve Martin chooses director Anand Tucker (HILARY AND JACKIE), whose artful eye (along with the film's stunning costumes, dramatic score, and brilliant set design) brings the book's detailed characters beautifully to life. Recalling her breakout role of analytical Angela Chase on MY SO-CALLED LIFE, a luminously brunette Claire Danes plays Mirabelle Buttersfield, a serious young woman (and aspiring artist) from Vermont who has moved to Los Angeles with hopes that, out on the West Coast, her life will finally begin. But Mirabelle's job at the rarely visited glove department of Saks Fifth Avenue and her naturally reserved demeanor make it hard for her to find genuine connections in a place as isolating as L.A. It's with a mixture of her need for human interaction and her lowered expectations that Mirabelle reluctantly accepts the awkward advances of Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman), a clueless but kind slob she meets at a laundromat. The opposite of romantic, Jeremy's initial attempts at wooing hardly cure Mirabelle of her loneliness, so when wealthy older man Ray Porter (Martin) asks Mirabelle out with grace and style, she agrees.

What follows is a touching look at the disappointment, confusion, and heartbreak that accompanies

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 External Reviews
external linkFamiliar on the surface yet boasting some mellow and serene surprises throughout, "Shopgirl" is a classy, quiet, and entirely enjoyable look at one particular strain of modern romance -- and it might just inspire you to think a little bit differently thenext time you see a 60-year-old guy holding hands with a 30-year-old cutie. 4/5

external linkIt is not as strong a movie as Lost in Translation, nor does it leave as indelible a psychological imprint, but it will find favor with many who liked Sofia Coppola's venture into similar territory. 3/4
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)

external linkShopgirl is so satisfying, despite what little it gives up to an audience not willing to work for it. An unconventional, honest romance paired with gorgeous visuals, Shopgirl will garner criticism from folks who thought Lost in Translation was way better, but I'd rather judge it all on its own and what I see is a film that just aches with its themes and makes me wonder what woman, if based on a real person, Martin wrote it about...and possibly, for. 5/5
--Laura Kyle (

external linkIt wasn’t until “Shopgirl” was over that I was struck by just how bad the movie really was. It seems cute and sweet, but it’s clear that nepotism got this movie made, not talent. If the film was written by anyone other than Steve Martin, it would have never seen a studio greenlight until it had undergone a slew of massive rewrites. 2/5
--Todd LaPlace (

external linkWhat are the chances that "Shopgirl" will usher in a new, intelligent brand of romantic-comedy, the same way "There's Something about Mary" ushered it out? Slim, I'm afraid. But happily, if there are any old-fashioned romantics left out there – as Mr. Martin clearly bets there are – this is the film for them. 3.5/4
--Joe Lozito

external linkShopgirl is a pass because it doesn't execute well enough. The heady concepts and frequent laughs don't make up for the yawns you'll have to endure over the second 50 minutes. D+
--Laremy Legel

 Directed by
Anand Tucker
Hilary and Jackie, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
 Written by
Steve Martin
Bowfinger, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Pink Panther
Steve Martin
Bowfinger, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Pink Panther
Claire Danes
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Romeo + Juliet, The Hours
Jason Schwartzman
Rushmore, I Heart Huckabees, Bewitched
Bridgette Wilson
I Know What You Did Last Summer, Billy Madison, House on Haunted Hill
Rebecca Pidgeon
State and Main, Heist, The Spanish Prisoner
Sam Bottoms
Apocalypse Now, Seabiscuit, The Outlaw Josey Wales
Frances Conroy
The Aviator, Sleepless in Seattle, Scent of a Woman
 Music By
Barrington Pheloung
Hilary and Jackie, The Mangler, Double Dragon

external linkThe movie is strangely detached when it needs the viewer to latch on the most. It's a nice try at sad romance; it just seems to have concentrated more on the fanciness of its dinnerware than on serving a satisfying meal on them. It taps on ideas of how shallow relationships are easy refuge for the lonely, but ends up being too neat and simplistic to get those ideas sold. 6/10
--Jeffrey Chen

external linkA tender and perceptive film. 3.5/4
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

external linkAs an anthropological study of the state of the male-female relationship in contemporary society, SHOPGIRL provides interesting fodder. As entertainment, it falls short. 2/5
--Andrea Chase (Killer Movie Reviews)

external linkIt's an interesting movie, if a bit messy, but it has an interest to explore the complicated residue of poisonous relationships, and features a good quality cast and crew to richly realize the emotions. 4/5
--Brian Orndorf (

external linkUnusual, occasionally uneven romance that just about succeeds thanks to a captivating central performance by Claire Danes. 2/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

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