- Published: Burbank, CA : Touchstone Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2006.
- Year Published: 2006
- Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
- Language: English
- Format: DVD
- Tucker, Anand.
- Martin, Steve, 1945-
- Danes, Claire, 1979-
- Schwartzman, Jason, 1980-
- Wilson, Bridgette.
- Touchstone Pictures.
- Hyde Park Entertainment (Firm)
- Touchstone Home Entertainment (Firm)
- Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Firm)
- Clerks (Retail trade) -- Drama. -- California -- Los Angeles
- Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Drama.
- Man-woman relationships -- Drama. -- California -- Los Angeles
- Feature films.
- Romantic comedy films.
- Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
- Romance -- Feature.
- Comedy -- Feature.
- Adaptation -- Feature.
- Comedy films.
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Call number: DVD Drama Shopgirl
Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor
Based on the novella by Steve Martin.
Special features: Evolution of a novella: the making of Shopgirl; deleted scenes; audio commentary by director Anand Tucker.
Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras.
Ray Porter is a buttoned-down 50-something executive who reaches out to a much younger woman as his Los Angeles playmate. Mirabelle, a 20-something with a pile of promises, debt, and depression, fades away in a slow corner of Saks, while trying to sell unneeded formal gloves. She's a wisp of a person, with a cat who doesn't love her, and when she finds a suitor, it's Jeremy, a scruffy artist who babbles on about speakers. When the gentlemanly Porter calls, his appearance in her life begins to make her whole. It also immediately sets her up for sadness, because Ray thinks of Mirabella as a precious outlet for sex, while Mirabelle, very mistakenly, sees Ray as a potential lifelong mate.
DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Reviews & Summaries
Having forgotten this movie was based on Steve Martin's novella, you're very quickly reminded by his insistence on doing the voiceovers in a language that almost certainly was straight from the printed page. The only other distraction here was the photography; "Shopgirl's" characters live in a world where shadow and light is always perfect, natural, blanketing. It's beautiful. Enough to make me wonder if the end would find us discovering that the entire story was in the mind of an autistic child painter.
Steve resisted, though, and thankfully. This is a tidy story about untidy love. 3.5 stars.
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