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Movie Review: Shopgirl

Tuesday, May 16, 2006
We watched the movie Shopgirl the other night, a fantastic movie based on the novella written by Steve Martin. The plot centers around a gal named Mirabelle (played by Claire Danes) and her relationships with the wealthy but disconnected Ray (Steve Martin) and the inept but very real Jeremy (Jason Schwartzmann").

Steve Martin gives a fantastic performance in this wry drama, and both his character and the character of Mirabelle feel very real. Claire Danes's performance is deep and real and we see a lot of the feelings she goes through as she gets close to Ray and he holds her at arms length, showering her with financial affection while he stays emotionally removed; we also see Steve Martin's strong performance as he loves Mirabelle but doesn't admit it to her or himself.

In addition to the strong performances, the direction and camerawork in the movie are both very diliberate and very excellent. The pacing of the movie starts out slow and the first 15 minutes seem aimless, but the movie focuses very early on as the story unfolds. There's very little to dislike about this film and much to praise!

Final word on Shopgirl: Very worth the rental.

2 Comments:

Blogger AmeroKafka said...

read this, thought of you.

http://aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=23380

10:21 AM, May 19, 2006  
Blogger RC said...

interesting post...i read the novella but have not seen the movie...thanks for this post, i should go rent it.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

1:45 PM, May 30, 2006  

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