Shopgirl – A Movie Review

Based upon a smart novella by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) this film is about a young woman played by Claire Danes who has moved to LA in the hopes of furthering her art career.  She takes a job at Saks nestled away behind a glove counter.  Bored out of her mind, she eventually meets a quirky young font artist played by Jason Schwartzman (who’s stock is quickly rising in my book) and dates him basically for lack of nothing better to do. 

Eventually a much older character played by Steve Martin takes and interest in Danes’ character and they get very involved.  However, Martin’s character is afraid of commitment and so he keeps Danes always at a distance.  The problem for Danes’ character is that Martin provides her every want, but does not provide her every need, which is the need we all have, the need to be loved.

Superb and idiosyncratic acting made this a joy to watch, though I, as usual, enjoyed the book more than the film.  This is not a fast-moving film, but it is a great character study and the actors’ chemistry and charisma jump off the screen.  Martin was the weakest of the three, but he still did an admirable job.