Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Shopgirl (Touchstone Movie)

“Shopgirl” is a 2005 romantic drama film based on the novella of the same name written by Steve Martin. The movie was directed by Anand Tucker, and Steve Martin also adapted the screenplay. It stars Claire Danes, Steve Martin, and Jason Schwartzman in the lead roles.

The film revolves around Mirabelle Buttersfield (Claire Danes), a young woman working as a saleswoman at the glove department in a high-end department store in Los Angeles. She leads a quiet and somewhat lonely life, yearning for connection and love.

Mirabelle’s life takes a turn when she meets two very different men who become romantically interested in her. The first is Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman), an aspiring musician with an endearing, albeit somewhat immature, charm. The other is Ray Porter (Steve Martin), an older wealthy businessman who is emotionally distant and hesitant to commit.

As the story unfolds, Mirabelle finds herself torn between the youthful passion of Jeremy and the sophistication of Ray. The film delves into themes of love, loneliness, and self-discovery as Mirabelle navigates the complexities of her relationships and attempts to find her place in the world.

“Shopgirl” is a poignant and introspective film that explores the emotional complexities of its characters. Claire Danes delivers a sensitive and compelling performance, effectively conveying Mirabelle’s vulnerability and longing for connection. Steve Martin brings depth to the character of Ray, a man struggling with his own emotional baggage.

The film’s cinematography captures the beauty of Los Angeles and its contrasting landscapes, mirroring the emotional journey of its characters. The soundtrack, composed by Barrington Pheloung, complements the film’s themes with its contemplative and melancholic melodies.

“Shopgirl” received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the performances and the film’s emotional depth. Although it did not achieve significant commercial success, the movie resonated with audiences who appreciated its nuanced exploration of love and relationships.

“Shopgirl” remains a touchstone film for those who enjoy thought-provoking romantic dramas that delve into the complexities of human emotions and the search for meaningful connections.

Additional Details


  • Steve Martin: Ray Porter
  • Claire Danes: Mirabelle Buttersfield
  • Jason Schwartzman: Jeremy
  • Bridgette Wilson-Sampras: Lisa Cramer
  • Sam Bottoms: Dan Buttersfield
  • Frances Conroy: Charlotte Buttersfield
  • Rebecca Pidgeon: Christie Richards
  • Samantha Shelton: Loki
  • Gina Doctor: Del Ray
  • Clyde Kusatsu: Mr. Agasa


  • Director: Anand Tucker
  • Producers: Ashok Amritraj, Jon Jashni, Steve Martin
  • Screenplay: Steve Martin

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