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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