Shopgirl

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Touchstone Pictures presents a film directed by Anand Tucker. Written by Steve Martin, based on his novella. Running time: 116 minutes. Rated R (for some sexual content and brief language).

 

It’s too bad that the young people of today will probably never completely realize the genius of Steve Martin. Seeing him in movies like Bringing Down the House and in remakes like Cheaper By the Dozen and The Pink Panther is hardly seeing Steve Martin the way I remember him.

 

My first memory of Martin was in “The Three Amigos,” a comedy of three actors who travel to Mexico to appear with some guy “El Guapo” who’s probably the biggest star to ever come out of Mexico! Other films such as The Jerk, Planes Trains and Automobiles and his infamous (that’s more than famous) appearances on Saturday Night Live have made him, to me, one of the greatest comic actors of his time.

 

And like the other great comic actors Bill Murray and Jim Carrey, Martin has proved himself as a great dramatic actor as well. For examples see, Grand Canyon, The Spanish Prisoner and now Shopgirl, which he wrote as well. This is a wonderful film about the challenges a young woman faces when she can either be with an older, more accomplished, refined and financially secure man or be with one of the rest of us.

 

It’s a real fucking shame Claire Danes was completely forgotten about by the audience out there because she is absolutely perfect in this film where she gives one of the most naked and subtle performances of last year.

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~ by fumikaelson on March 26, 2006.

One Response to “Shopgirl”

  1. I agree with you about Clair. She has always been one of my favorite actors and this film is one of the best from last year. Steve Martin is in a lot of my fav movies – I’m surprised you didn’t mention Roxanne…

    Great review, great movie!

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