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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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Gwen Jackson
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Corny
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Jack Field, Your Store Manager
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Bubba
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Heavy Set Woman
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Haggard Woman
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Mr. Worther
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Lester (as Jonathan Shere)
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Old Woman
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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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Rated R for sexuality, some language and drug content | See all certifications »

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30 August 2002 (USA)  »

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Una buena chica  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$151,642 (USA) (9 August 2002)

Gross:

$14,015,786 (USA) (6 December 2002)
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Holden is named after a J.D. Salinger character. Zooey Deschanel, who plays Cheryl in this film, was herself named after a Salinger character. See more »

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When she's laying in bed with Holden after they've had sex for the first time, Justine's hair moves about between shots. See more »

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[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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Cello Song
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Written and Performed by Nick Drake
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Touching, Compelling, Perfectly Ordinary
9 March 2004 | by (Sawtry, Cambridgeshire) – See all my reviews

This movie is great, in my opinion, because its so misunderstood. Its so simple! The dialogue is not heavy, but it is perfectly articulated and emotional, and delivered brilliantly by Jennifer Aniston, who really shines as Justine, a small town girl who wants to get away from the monotony of life. Jake Gyllenhaal's role as a Holden Caulfield wannabe is well pulled off. I particularly liked how depressingly un attractive his drunken dramas were. You could see so many emotions in Justine, trying to ignore what she didn't like about him, trying to find something to love about him. Though my all time favourite aspect of the movie is the painfully realistic awkward sex and kissing. With an extreme but none the less effective ending, I'd easily give this film a biased 9/10! A little slice of real life, for a change.


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