I read some reviews about "Shopgirl", and decided to give it a try. It seemed like an entertaining romance, and I thought that the plot was promising albeit not overly original. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, a lot.
Yes, the story is interesting at first sight. Mirabelle (Claire Danes), a young woman that works at Saks but wants to be an artist, has to choose between two very different men that vie for her attention. One is Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman), a struggling musician that doesn't value her as much as he should. The other man is Ray Porter (Steve Martin), someone who is attentive but much older than Mirabelle, and that on top of that doesn't want a long term relationship.
What can Mirabelle do? And will we have a happy ending? Those two questions were uppermost in my mind during the first hour of this film. I ended up with answers to both questions, but I can't say I liked them. The ending was bittersweet at best, and I kept waiting for something else to happen. Needless is to say, it didn't.
On the whole, "Shopgirl" is a film based on a good idea, and has a cast of fine actors that give real life to their characters. That is specially true if we take into account Claire Danes' nuanced performance, as a shy and vulnerable woman who isn't comfortable with the choices life (and men) offer her. Despite all that, and strangely enough, this movie just doesn't work... Not recommended.
PS: I give "Shopgirl" 3 stars due to the fact that this film has some excellent scenes that you cannot help but like, but all the same I wouldn't watch it again.