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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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Jack Field, Your Store Manager
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Bubba
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Mr. Worther
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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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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 »

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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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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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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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Cello Song
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Nonchalant both about its brains and its humor
25 June 2003 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Jennifer Aniston excels as small-town cashier, stifled in a rudderless marriage and miserable at her boring job, who has an affair with a younger co-worker, leading to a series of confounding personal events. Black comedy is initially bright and biting, subtle about its comedic elements and characters while gently satirizing the middle class aesthetic. Unfortunately, the film takes a wrong turn late in the second-half and never quite recovers, leading to an emotionally unsatisfying finish. The performers are all terrific, especially John C. Reilly as Aniston's pot-smoking husband; but, as the screenplay loses steam so do the actors, and the final events are mechanically offbeat--engineered to be quirky. *** from ****


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