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    SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review


    Crazy Legs & I had an opportunity to attend an advance screening last night of Touchstone Pictures' SHOPGIRL. Steve Martin stars in and wrote the screenplay, having adapted it from his novella. It's a different L.A. Story from him, with touches of modern fairytale elements. Claire Danes plays Mirabelle, the titular gloves salesperson at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Like many young people she is a transplant (from Vermont) working at being an artist at night. In my beloved Silver Lake she meets laudramat cute with Jeremy (Jason Schwarztman, here expanding greatly on his puppy dog/wacky boy canon even surpassing I Heart Huckabees) a stencil artist/Universal CityWalk lover and proceed to have a hilarious date and dashed hopes. Mirabelle then meets a urbane B.H. Saks shopper Ray Porter (Steve Martin) who unexpectedly begins to woo her in a big ticket/super girly/fantasy manner. This very different love triangle is expertly played out, beautifully photographed and features some really lovely performances. This is a grown up fable for grown ups. And the first appearance that I can recall of a jar of Knott's Berry Farms preserves in a major motion picture. The film opens October 21 in Los Angeles and New York. Back to you Crazy Legs....
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    Re: SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review

    heh- I want someone to spoil it for me.

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    Re: SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review

    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review

    Thanks for the review, ALIASd. I'm a fan of Steve Martin's more "serious" movies and was wondering how this movie was going to be. I bought the book, but have not read it yet (I know, it should take all of an hour or two, but just haven't found the time). I've been looking forward to it coming out and now that at least one person liked it, I know I'll go see it.

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    Re: SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd
    Crazy Legs & I had an opportunity to attend an advance screening last night of Touchstone Pictures' SHOPGIRL. Steve Martin stars in and wrote the screenplay, having adapted it from his novella. It's a different L.A. Story from him, with touches of modern fairytale elements. Claire Danes plays Mirabelle, the titular gloves salesperson at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Like many young people she is a transplant (from Vermont) working at being an artist at night. In my beloved Silver Lake she meets laudramat cute with Jeremy (Jason Schwarztman, here expanding greatly on his puppy dog/wacky boy canon even surpassing I Heart Huckabees) a stencil artist/Universal CityWalk lover and proceed to have a hilarious date and dashed hopes. Mirabelle then meets a urbane B.H. Saks shopper Ray Porter (Steve Martin) who unexpectedly begins to woo her in a big ticket/super girly/fantasy manner. This very different love triangle is expertly played out, beautifully photographed and features some really lovely performances. This is a grown up fable for grown ups. And the first appearance that I can recall of a jar of Knott's Berry Farms preserves in a major motion picture. The film opens October 21 in Los Angeles and New York. Back to you Crazy Legs....
    In other words... Chick Flick.
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    Re: SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review

    Big fan of Steve Martin I totally enjoy his serious roles as well, the comedies. I look forward to seeing it either way on my next day off at the matinees.
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    Re: SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review

    Quote Originally Posted by JangoFett
    In other words... Chick Flick.
    smart chicks
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    Re: SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review

    Thanks fir the invite AliasD.I had so much fun.

    What I thought about the movie.Shopgirl is essentially a story about how appearances aren't everything, but unfortunately, there's little to perceive beneath the surface. Martin is playing a middle-aged divorced man who is emotionally goober, yet he is also so pinched that we really can't comprehend the emotions he's hiding. As for Jason Schwartzman, the colorless star of "Rushmore" and "I Heart Huckabees," (Both movies I love) he’s such a un charmed and obnoxious leading man that he doesn't begin to convey an inner life worth knowing. As radiant as Claire Danes is, (loved my so called life had to add it) the romantic entanglements are so much like real life. Bridgette Wilson-Sampras as an Amazon tigress who seduces Jeremy provides the only snap in the picture. "Shopgirl" Will do well. I have no doubts.


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    Re: SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review

    Cool C.L. - reading books on tape until the next time....!!!!
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    Re: SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd
    Cool C.L. - reading books on tape until the next time....!!!!
    I want to get the book and read it also see the movie again


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    Re: SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review

    Steve Martin woos Claire Danes? Icky.
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    Re: SHOPGIRL screening M.C. review

    i read the book. it was ok. i think i'll wait for the dvd to see the movie.
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