October 21st, 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.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.5/10 (16,012 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director: Anand Tucker

Stars: Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman

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...

Writers: Steve Martin, Steve Martin

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 - 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

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


Official Website: Touchstone Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 21 October 2005

Filming Locations: 1630 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $229,685 (USA) (23 October 2005) (8 Screens)

Gross: $10,281,585 (USA) (19 March 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Steve Martin had Tom Hanks in mind to play Ray Porter, but as the film's development progressed, he felt he was better suited to play the part since he was so familiar with the work.

Continuity: When Jeremy come back from getting a condom you can see Mirabelle sitting cross-legged with her elbows at her knees in the mirror reflection, but the immediate shot afterwards shows her with her elbows resting on her upper thighs and positioned much closer to the wall. Then she leans back with her legs to the right, but on the close-up, her legs are now going to her left.

Mirabelle: Are you the kind of person that takes time to get to know, and then once you get to know them... they're fabulous?
Jeremy Kraft: Yes, absolutely... What?

User Review

It will be as misunderstood as Lost in Translation

Rating: 8/10

Let me make this easy for you. Shopgirl reminds me a lot of Lost in Translation.

With one sentence, I am sure I have turned off more than a handful of people that are now searching other movie titles of interest.

Funny really. Lost in Translation was one of those films that the critics adored. It was a quiet and quaint film that delivered an absorbing story without explosions or over drawn out comedic moments.

Yet, it was one of those films that I could not find a casual film watcher enjoyed. Or even understood for that matter.

I think it was due to its pacing and under toned performances by the two leads. Nothing was forced either in conversation and in turn, back down the audience's throat. Instead, it just went about telling the story of two people who happened to meet and make a connection.

Shopgirl is not dissimilar. The story (based on a novella by Steve Martin) concerns well, a shopgirl at Saks Fifth Avenue named Mirabelle (played wonderfully by Claire Danes). Fresh from Vermont and trying to make it as an artist in the hustle and bustle that is Los Angeles, Mirabelle in the span of just a few days goes from someone of plain existence that the world seems to have ignored to being the apple in the eyes of two suitors that couldn't be more different from each other.

In one corner and out of the gate first is Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman of Betwitched fame). Jeremy is the dirty weird guy that you meet in a laundromat. He seems nervous when he talks to women and his idea of a date is anything under the eight dollars he has in his wallet.

In the other corner is Ray Porter (Steve Martin). Ray shows up at Saks one day and makes a purchase from Mirabelle that ends up on her doorstep with an invitation of dinner soon after. Porter is loaded and in his courtship of Mirabelle he is able to lavish her with gifts beyond her accepted imagination.

But under the surface, the two suitors are even further apart than their bank balances would suggest. Porter is a man of high society who is always looking for the 'next thing' without any regard to those to which he is involved with at the time. Meanwhile, Jeremy is as sincere as it comes. He wears his heart on his sleeve and tries hard to learn about relationships in hopes of winning over the very impressionable Mirabelle.

The story then sculpts Mirabelle's highs and lows with both men leading to her ultimate decision that is both logical and acceptable even if projected right from the opening chapters.

Shopgirl is one of those guilty pleasures. It's good storytelling without MTV songs ringing in our ears or tragic moments that define ones future decisions. It is based in reality. Or as close to reality that Los Angeles allows.

And much like Lost in Translation, Shopgirl's backbone is the strength of the lead actors. In particular Claire Danes, who will give Charlize Theron a run for the gold when the awards season beings in just a few weeks. As Mirabelle, she is able to project vulnerability and confidence while exuding emotions of emotional pain and heartfelt love that grounds her performance allowing us to understand her decisions even if they don't all turn out to her benefit.

The result is one of the quietest and best films of the year that much like Lost, no one will see until it starts running on satellite early next year.