get my present?"
After moving to Los Angeles, Mirabelle's (Danes) career and
life hadn't really taken off like she dreamed it would. Living alone and
working in the quietest departments in Saks, selling formal gloves she thinks
thing will never change until two men come into her life. First she meets
Jeremy (Schwartzman), a slightly strange, clueless but sweet guy who instantly
adores her. Then she meets Ray Porter (Martin) a rich, older man who makes
Mirabelle feel like she has never felt before but the question she has to
ask herself is whom she will be happier with.
As his career becomes filled with 'Cheaper by the Dozen' and
'Bringing Down the House', it becomes very easy to forget that Steve Martin
is in fact a very talented artist but 'Shopgirl' should change all that.
Based on his own novel and adapted into a screenplay by the
star himself, Steve Martin finally gets the chance to show why he was considered
one of the most gifted artists of his generation. Much like his earlier
work 'LA Story', this is another story set in the city he loves about a
girl who hasn't quite fulfilled her potential and has become stagnant in
both her working and social life. This all changes when she meets two very
Jeremy Kraft is a man with a complete lack of direction. He
lives in a pigsty of an apartment, has no money and really doesn't know
how to take a woman out on a date but there is something about him that
is endearing and trustworthy. Jeremy is a man of ideas but he just needs
someone to believe in him so that he can kick start his life. The character
is brought to life by the brilliant Jason Schwartzman, who provides most
of the comedy in the piece. This is a character that Steve Martin himself
would have probably have played in his younger days but this is a role that
allows Schwartzman the chance to really shine.
Ray Porter is a successful hi-tech businessman, with more
money than he can spend. With a house in LA and one in Seattle, the travels
between the two on a private jet and of course, just any other wealthy person
in LA he is seeing a shrink. He is a man who is looking for a younger woman
to have fun with and no strings. This is a straight role for Steven Martin
and one that shows he is an actor who does always need to be the dad or
that wild and crazy guy.
It is Claire Danes' performance that is the lynchpin of the
story however. As Mirabelle Buttersfield she creates a character that is
in flux. She headed to LA to start herself but unfortunately when things
don't work out the way she planned and instead of a successful artist she
works at Saks in the quietest department in the entire store. For Danes
this is a character that allows her performance to grow, as Mirabelle awakens
to life and finally allows her life to start. It is also a role that shows
she is as talented as we all know she is.
'Shopgirl' is a lighthearted, character driven romantic comedy
that you cannot help but enjoy. With excellent performances from the three
main cast members and some genuinely funny and touching moments, this is
a movie that will bring a smile to your face.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented well.
The lack of any extras for the DVD release of 'Shopgirl' is inexcusable.
Films should not be released on DVD without any extras as it just shows
a laziness from the filmmakers behind the project. 'Shopgirl' fans will
be very disappointed.
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