Note: This review was contributed by James Rocchi.
Money, Money changes everything
Money, money changes everything
We think we know what we're doin'
That don't mean a thing
It's all in the past now
Money changes everything …
– "Money Changes Everything", The Brains
At the opening of Shopgirl, the camera soars above a vast and sprawling city, seen at night, and finally comes to rest on a single, shabby apartment. Claire Danes plays Mirabelle, an L.A. salesgirl with a low-wage job, college loan repayments and a lonely life. She simultaneously meets Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman), a low-ambition slacker, and Ray (Steve Martin) an older, wealthy man whose wealth and things are a thin veneer over his own lonely life. Mirabelle winds up with Ray, and theirs is a tale of consuming love – but that consuming isn’t actually in the sense of the word we first think of when we see that phrase...