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The Good Girl (2002)

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A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.

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Miguel Arteta

Writer:

Mike White
5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Aniston ... Justine Last
Deborah Rush ... Gwen Jackson
Mike White ... Corny
John Carroll Lynch ... Jack Field, Your Store Manager
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Holden Worther
Zooey Deschanel ... Cheryl
John C. Reilly ... Phil Last
Tim Blake Nelson ... Bubba
Jacquie Barnbrook ... Heavy Set Woman
Annie O'Donnell ... Haggard Woman
John Doe ... Mr. Worther
Roxanne Hart ... Mrs. Worther
Jon Shere Jon Shere ... Lester (as Jonathan Shere)
Alice Amter ... Big Haired Woman
Jean Rhodes ... Old Woman
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Storyline

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield. Written by Elena Pérez

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It's her last best chance... is she going to take it?

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, some language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una buena chica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,642, 11 August 2002

Gross USA:

$14,018,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,860,964
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To make Jennifer Aniston look more worn down, director Miguel Arteta made her wear wrist weights for several weeks prior to filming; she also wore them during some of the scenes. See more »

Goofs

When Phil goes to have a shower, Justine pulls her shirt together as Bubba looks on. In the next shot, her shirt is open wider again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Justine: As a girl you see the world as a giant candy store filled with sweet candy and such. But one day you look around and you see a prison and you're on death row. You wanna run or scream or cry but something's locking you up. Are the other folks cows chewing cud until the hour comes when their heads roll? Or are they just keeping quiet like you, planning their escape.
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Special thanks to The Arteta Family and The Greenfield Family. See more »

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Missed Kiss
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Written by Andrew Gross
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So-So Dramatic Vehicle for Aniston
5 December 2005 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

"The Good Girl" was heavily touted as the film that would help Jennifer Aniston break from her Rachel persona and make the leap to dramatic film actress. There was even talk (however brief) about an Academy Award nomination for her when this film came out. Surprise, surprise, but that didn't happen. And where has Aniston's film career been since? "The Good Girl" is leaps and bounds better than any of Aniston's other ventures into film--bland crap like "Picture Perfect" and that other movie whose name I can't even remember--but it's not a great movie in and of itself.

Aniston does a pretty good job, but you still can't escape the suspicion that she's just playing Jennifer Aniston, albeit a drabbed down version of herself. This movie's greatest asset is its supporting cast, particularly Zooey Deschanel in a very funny, dead pan role as a fellow worker at the Wal-Mart-esquire store Aniston's character works in, and Jake Gyllenhaal, who had begun his trek to stardom the year before in "Donnie Darko." The gods were being kind to Gyllenhaal in 2002, as he got to make out with both Aniston and Catherine Keener ("Lovely and Amazing") in the same year.

"The Good Girl" is certainly worth watching. It captures that nowheresville feeling of small-town America perfectly, the antithesis of every Frank Capra movie on the same subject. Instead of a cosy town where everyone knows your name, these towns are instead full of bored, restless people sitting around waiting for something, anything, to happen.

Grade: B-


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