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Shopgirl ()

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featuring Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Samuel Bottoms

Steve Martin wrote the screenplay and served as co-producer for this screen adaptation of his short novel, which takes a witty but bittersweet look ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

When being rich is not enough...

by Sivvie on Apr 26, 2010

This turns out to be a haunting movie after a mildly dull start. Mirabelle Buttersfield (Claire Danes), fresh and lovely and available, meets Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman) a slob, but also available. His apartment is depressingly dirty and untidy, and his appearance almost neanderthal. Into this equation comes Ray Porter (Steve Martin), rich, suave, mysterious and extremely presentable. So presentable in fact, that you might be excused for thinking there is a wife in the background. But no, he lives on his own. After Mirabelle falls for him, she comes to realise that he only gives so much of himself, enough to present her with enticing gifts and to spend nights with her but not much more. This movie becomes ever more absorbing as the plot becomes more complicated. Jeremy, in the meantime, is improving himself, and this adds another mix into the intriguing possibilities. Steve Martin's screenplay is slightly edgy, romantic and poignant; it's a tragi-comedy and ultimately memorable because of it's unpredictability and difference. Danes is lovely as the refreshingly honest Mirabelle, and Martin quite charismatic as the elusive Ray. Nice one.

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