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August 18, 2005 / jnolen

“Are you the kind of person it takes time to get to know, and then once you get to know them they’re fabulous?”

I am so going to love this movie:

Shopgirl is based on the well-respected book by Steve Martin — one that multiple people have told me I would love. And Martin wrote the screenplay as well, so it's less likely to have been butchered. However, this is one case where I'm not going to read the book before I see the film.

It has Jason Schwartzman, who after a long period in the quirky-supporting-actor wilderness seems to be returning to his Rushmore roots. He has some really funny lines in the trailer. I fully expect to love his character.

It also has Claire Danes, looking and sounding like a grown-up version of Angela Chase. No more blonde hair, no more stupid Mod-Squad / Terminator 3 action-movie diversions. And she wears nerdy glasses.

I'm sure poor Ms. Danes just cringed. No doubt, she bleached her hair blonde and took those ridiculous action-movie roles exactly so that she could move beyond Angela Chase. And I'll bet she's dreading the inevitable comparisons that will be drawn by ill-informed reviewers between that character and this simply because of her haircut. She's been trying for ten years to shake that role, practically her first. But hey — you can't help who you fall in love with.

And while we're dissecting the trailer, you should note that it has Death Cab and The Notwist playing on in the background. It's as if this movie has been developed expressly for me or, at least, the slightly nostalgic, mid-nineties-alterna-teen, Wes-Anderson-loving, indie-rock demographic which I represent.

One Comment

  1. Matt M. / Aug 21 2005 6:36 pm

    I really enjoyed Claire Danes and Billy Crudup in last years “Stage Beauty.” It wasn’t all that warmly received by critics or audiences. It’s nice to see her continuing that trend of more interesting roles.

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