Genre Guesstimation – Shopgirl (2005)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Amanda of Hollywood Consumer and we will be reviewing our favorite L.A. Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Amanda!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of L.A. Films.

“So, I can hurt now, or hurt later. ” – Mirabelle

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A salesgirl in an exclusive store in LA get embroiled in a love triangle involving a jobless young man and a wealthy businessman which causes her lots of problems in life as she looks for direction.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Amanda’s choice for me to watch.

This is a film that I had never heard of before it was recommended to me and knew absolutely nothing about it before watching it.

The story is quite interesting and they find a way to deal with some very fascinating issues about life an relationships along the way.

Love the way that this film lets the city of LA stand out and shows us the various lifestyles of people on different rungs of society as they try to move forward in life.

The film works even better due to the great cast led by Claire Danes, Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman.

Each of them are able to make us like their characters even when they do things that are not what we would expect from them.

These characters come to life in such a realistic fashion that it’s so easy to believe that they are real people dealing with real life and its problems.

One of the things that really shocked me about this movie is that Steve Martin actually wrote the novel that it’s based on and that helps him play his character so well because he knows him better than anyone else ever could.

This movie is able to tell us so much about the way that life works and whats most important is the idea that we need to always go through life with open eyes in order to continue along a path that we hope will lead us to where we plan to go and if not then find a way to just improvise along the way.

Bottom Line – Nice sleeper movie that is able to deal with some really fascinating issues in a way that is somewhat unexpected. The cast is great and all three of the leads are able to help their characters come alive and feel realistic in all that they do. The fact that Martin actually wrote the novel this is based on blew my mind away and that is probably why he excels in his role here because he knows his character inside out.  His character remains likeable no matter what he does in the film even when he does things that would normally make a viewer dislike him.  This film says so much about life and how important it is to try and go through life with open eyes so that you can do all that is necessary in order to hope things go the way you plan them; and in the situations where they don’t.. improvise. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Steve Martin had Tom Hanks in mind to play Ray Porter, but as the film’s development progressed, he felt he was better suited to play the part since he was so familiar with the work. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy?

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Shopgirl (2005)

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