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Despite some pretentious aspects, SHOPGIRL is relatively entertaining and sometimes funny. Claire Danes is excellent as Marybelle. Her performance gives the movie a major lift. Regrettably, SHOPGIRL’s pagan worldview pushes a belief in the mystical power of romantic love, without God. This is ultimately depressing, so any emotional or spiritual uplift the audience may get from SHOPGIRL is muted. SHOPGIRL also contains implied female nudity, some foul language and treats sexual promiscuity far too lightly.
(PaPa, H, L, SS, NN, A, D, M) Strong pagan worldview celebrating the mystical power of romantic love and sexual connection, with man reading some humanist self-help psychology books about romantic relationships and women, and man listens to yoga tape in a scene that’s played for laughs; one muffled “f” word, two light obscenities, and five light profanities; no violence; strong sexual immorality such as lightly depicted fornication scene, much implied fornication, woman in lingerie sits on top of man lying on bed, and minor female character recommends using frequent oral sex to make rich man addicted to a romantic relationship and put man under woman’s thumb; rear female nudity, upper male nudity, much implied female nudity, implied lower male nudity in one scene, woman in black lingerie, and woman wears bra during one sex scene; alcohol use; no smoking, but woman gets sick after she stops taking her prescribed anti-depressant pills; and, store employees violate store rules against dating customers and older man cheats on young girlfriend.
SHOPGIRL is the movie version of a book by comic actor Steve Martin. Martin stars as Ray Porter, a fiftysomething computer millionaire who woos a twentysomething counter girl, Marybelle Buttersfield, working at Saks department store in Los Angeles.
Marybelle is a lonely girl from Vermont looking for true love. She quickly drops her burgeoning affair with Jeremy, a man her age, for the more sophisticated and attentive Ray. Ray, however, cannot fully give his love to Marybelle, no matter how well he treats her. Just when Marybelle thinks he may be changing, she experiences disappointment. Meanwhile, Jeremy, who really loves Marybelle, starts reading self-help books to become the kind of man Marybelle needs.
Despite some pretentious aspects, SHOPGIRL is relatively entertaining and sometimes funny. Claire Danes is excellent as Marybelle. Her performance gives the movie a major lift, but it’s still hard to believe that Marybelle’s choices in men have become so limited to just Ray or Jeremy. Regrettably, however, the movie’s pagan worldview pushes a belief in the mystical power of romantic love and sexual relationship, without God. This is ultimately depressing, so any emotional or spiritual uplift the audience may get from SHOPGIRL is muted. SHOPGIRL also contains much implied female nudity and some foul language. It also treats the subject of sexual promiscuity far too lightly.
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