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Shopgirl [DVD]

Steve Martin , Claire Danes , Anand Tucker    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson, Sam Bottoms
  • Directors: Anand Tucker
  • Producers: Steve Martin, Ashok Amritraj, Jon Jashni
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B83J4K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,296 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Drama based on the novel by popular comedy actor Steve Martin. The story follows Mirabelle (Claire Danes), a disenchanted salesgirl and aspiring artist who sells gloves and accessories at a department store. She has two men in her life: wealthy divorcee Ray Porter (Martin) and struggling musician Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman). Mirabelle falls in love with the glamorous Ray, and her life takes a magical turn, but eventually she realises that she must empower herself and make a choice between them.


Based on the novella by Steve Martin (who also pens the screenplay), Shopgirl centres on Mirabelle Buttersfield (played by Claire Danes), a lonely young woman working in the glove department of a vast department store. Working by day and occasionally spending time on her art at night, Mirabelle craves company, and that leads her to accept an offer of a date from Jeremy, a manic and slob-like character, and not one who’s instantly particularly likeable. And then the very wealthy Ray Porter (Martin) comes on the scene. He too asks Mirabelle out, and the rest of the film follows her relationship with the two men who are effectively fighting for her affections.

In lesser hands, Shopgirl could easily sink under a wave of clichés, yet Martin’s script never lets that happen. Mixing in a gamut of emotions, and charting the highs and lows of romance, there’s a searing honesty to it all that makes the film hard to resist. Martin and Danes both give excellent performances too, although Jason Schwartzman as Jeremy does have a tendency to overcook his part in what’s primarily a quiet, diligent film. Yet without resorting to big grandstand moments or contrived situations, Shopgirl manages, with little fuss, to tell an intriguing story in a very warm manner.--Simon Brew

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I'm at something of a loss as to how to go about reviewing this particular movie. There's really no pigeon-holing Shopgirl, as it's just an odd mixture of drama and romance. It's definitely not heavy on comedy, so you'll need to look elsewhere if you want Steve Martin to make you laugh. Somehow managing to be both superficial and introspective, this film easily drew me in, but I never really felt comfortable in this world of lovers and choices. For me, there's just something unsettling about the whole thing; it plays like a special romantic episode of The Twilight Zone.

You've got to hand it to Steve Martin, though; besides writing the novella upon which the film is based (as well as the actual screenplay) and starring in the film, he gets to spend some quality romantic time with the always-enchanting Claire Danes. Good work, my friend. I think it is this May-November (I don't think Steve Martin quite deserves the December label just yet) relationship that bothers me a little bit, though - not that there's anything wrong with it. It's the nature of this specific relationship that I find troubling, for plot-related reasons it would be uncouth of me to reveal in a review.

This whole story really revolves around Claire Danes' character, Mirabelle Buttersfield. She's a young woman whose dreams of a fresh new start in L.A. have settled down into a life of boredom and disappointment. Selling gloves at Saks isn't exactly fulfilling, nor does it pay enough to start making a dent on all if Mirabelle's student loans. Not only is she lonely enough to go out with a really weird, grungy, hairy "artist," she's lonely enough to actually call him up after their first undeniably boring date.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked movie destined for cult acclaim... 3 July 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Adapted by Steve Martin from his novella of the same name, `Shopgirl' seems to me a tad overlooked and a companion to `Secretary' - sadly more people are willing to watch silly Steve Martin movies like `Cheaper By the Dozen' & `The Pink Panther.' As longtime admirers of Martin will note, he has often been excellent in `straight' roles such as those in `Grand Canyon', `L.A. Story' (his `Manhattan') , `Novocaine' & David Mamet's Hitchcockian `The Spanish Prisoner.' As he adapted his own novella, Martin pictured Dustin Hoffmann in the role of Ray Porter, but as time marched on it became apparent he was the ideal candidate for the unlikeable character.

The `Shopgirl' of the title is Mirabelle Butterfield, played by Claire Danes who looks a lot like the character of Angela Chase from the seminal TV-series `My So-Called Life' in which she starred (watch out for the scene in the DVD shop where you see DVDs of `My So-Called Life' and `Saturday Night Live'!) Part of me watching the world of Mirabelle felt as if you were watching Angela several years on, when things began not to work out in the adult world. Mirabelle is a lonely girl who sells gloves in Saks Department Store with a vast student loan, a life shared with a cat, artistic aspirations she can't quite develop, and a dependency on anti-depressants. She meets Jeremy (the excellent Jason Schwartzman - `Rushmore' & `Marie Antoinette') who comes across as a stoner loser, but will do in the meantime - their initial coupling is unromantic stuff, a simple prop to occupy her time. Meanwhile Mirabelle sells a set of female gloves to Ray Porter, who it turns out, has purchased them for her. Porter is rich, living in two homes in a sterile penthouse luxury, Mirablle, another prop to occupy his time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More interesting than your average rom-com. 25 July 2007
By shpadoinkle VINE VOICE
I think this film may have slight delusions of grandeur, but it's still nice to watch. The characters are well-played, and it's nice to see personalities that aren't Hollywood perfect and 'normal'. Jason Swartzman is very funny, and lends the film a bit of the 'indie' spirit and weirdness I think it's going for. The voiceover by Martin though is trite and annoying, and almost ruined the ending for me, so maybe try to ignore it.
The central message, being the importance of true love, isn't original exactly, but sometimes it's nice to be reminded of these things.
It's worth watching. :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant and engaging surprise 7 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Shopgirl is an engaging character piece that's shot with imagination and compassion and, while offering an inevitable and predictable ending still manages to leave you wondering just how it's going to get there. It's a gentle loving film that cares about its characters even while it concentrates on their flaws, and is graced by three strong performances: a very appealing Clare Danes, a wonderful slacker turn from Jason Schwartzman who finds great touches that aren't in the script (thank the lord that Jimmy Fallon dropped out!) and a very generous one from Steve Martin, who never hogs the limelight but keeps his distance while quietly drawing out his character's emotional limitations. Aside from its surprisingly strong visual sense and impressive use of the Scope frame, it's also great on the little throwaway details that cause the deepest pain in relationships - the key breakup is caused by a unthinking joke that is only insensitive in view of the characters' past history. There's also a fine use of third person narration by author Martin, used only at four points in the movie to illuminate desires and concepts that can't be comfortably fitted in as dialog or scenes that adds to the sad awareness of the piece. A very pleasant and engaging surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film
Published 3 months ago by pauline hennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different from your usual romance film
Refreshing to watch romance film done differently than anything you have ever seen. Despite being slow paced which is in keeping with this contemporary genre of film, i found it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Mcfadyean
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Nice movie

I've seen the movie for the first time on Film 4. Well, it was very weird to see Steve Martin in a serious, lover role and after I saw the movie, I find it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by cati
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy ever after
I love films that have a good ending even though it may not be the one expected. Girl meets two guys and through both her life changes. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Wolf Woman
4.0 out of 5 stars bad buy
This I enjoyed very much which I saw on the Television, I bought it for my daughter who wasn't able to to watch it , something to do with a certain format, so a bad buy from that... Read more
Published 15 months ago by rosio 'o'
3.0 out of 5 stars Based on a book by Steve Martin
This is a very sweet, sometimes surprising story about twenty-something Mirabelle who feels lost and alone in the big city. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Camilla Macaulay
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
No way would a good looking girl like that fall for either of these men. Also they ruined it by making her character rather loose and needy.
Published 22 months ago by Milliemollym
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn`t know what to excect-really enjoyed it.
I love Steve Martin except for some of the more commercial vehicles(Father of the Bride,Bringing Down the House etc.). Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by Mr. E. A. Dobson
2.0 out of 5 stars .....
????.... i understand the actual story but It was just strange in parts, slow and they used the same piece of music all the way thrugh the film. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by Cazzah
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but charming in it's way
Shopgirl is a very sweet film, though not in the nauseating Hollywood sense. It's far from perfect and the characters could be developed better, but despite this it is still... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2011 by Ellie =)
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