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The Good Girl (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  30 August 2002 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwen Jackson
Jack Field, Your Store Manager
Heavy Set Woman
Annie O'Donnell ...
Haggard Woman
Mr. Worther
Mrs. Worther
Jon Shere ...
Lester (as Jonathan Shere)
Big Haired Woman
Old Woman


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?


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una buena chica  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£270,720 (UK) (17 January 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was shot in 33 days, often with six scenes being shot a day. See more »


When Justine is watching TV right after Phil fixed it, the guy speaking in the Atlantis commercial repeats a line See more »


Jack Field, Your Store Manager: Life goes on, and so should we.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to The Arteta Family and The Greenfield Family. See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.13 (2009) See more »


Missed Kiss
Written by Andrew Gross
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A fine movie
22 October 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'The Good Girl' is a sad comedy starring Jennifer Aniston as Justine. She works at Retail Rodeo where she is very unhappy. When she comes home she finds her husband Phil (John C. Reilly) stoned on the couch with his best friend Bubba (Tim Blake Nelson) night after night. It is not very strange she is attracted to Holden (Jake Gyllenhaal) the new kid who comes to work at Retail Rodeo. He is even more depressed than she is, he reads The Catcher in the Rye and has named himself after that book. Soon she starts an affair with him and one night Bubba sees them together. Bubba makes his own little plan.

A thing that surprised me was the great acting. John C. Reilly, who was in every great movie in 2002 (also 'Gangs of New York', 'Chicago' and 'The Hours'), is great as the husband, Jake Gyllenhaal terrific as the disturbed kid and most of all Jennifer Aniston is superb as Justine. Here she everything but Rachel from 'Friends' and that is a very good thing. She is really acting and it is one of the best performances of 2002.

The sad story is very good as well and there is some fine comedy, especially with another worker at Retail Rodeo names Cheryl (Zooey Deschanel). She insults customers all the time and says the strangest things; the customers hardly notice. Funny, sad and very good is what 'The Good Girl' is in the end.

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