I had another terrific movie viewing experience tonight, thanks to my membership in the Philadelphia Film Society. It was a free screening of “Shopgirl,” originally a novella published about five years ago by Steve Martin, now adapted into a script by Steve Martin and staring Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman and none other than Steve Martin.

I didn’t love the book, and so went to the movie not expecting much. As we were walking out, my friend Shay turned to me and asked what I thought. I said, “it was so much better than I expected!” She replied that sometimes those low expectations come in handy.

Jason Schwartzman was the best thing about the movie. He was funny and awkward and uncomfortable and finally totally appealing. Claire Danes did her enigmatic best, which looked a whole lot like when she played Beth in “Little Women” and Angela on “My So-Called Life.” Steve Martin, it seemed like he was playing a wealthier, older version of his character in “LA Story.” I loved him in that, but 15 years later, not so much.

But, if you have a chance to check this movie out (especially if you’ve ever spent time in LA, the aerial views of the city were amazing) I would go for it.

1 Comment so far

  1. Jay V (unregistered) on October 15th, 2005 @ 9:38 am

    Dangit! I want to see that movie! I coulda seen it for free??

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