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Writer (WGA):
Mike White (written by)
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Release Date:
25 August 2002 (Canada) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's her last best chance... is she going to take it?
Plot:
A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Downbeat but engaging See more (294 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Lester (as Jonathan Shere)

Alice Amter ... Big Haired Woman

Jean Rhodes ... Old Woman

Aimee Garcia ... Nurse
Lalo Guerrero ... Blackberry Vendor

Michael Hyatt ... Floberta

Ken Rudulph ... Reporter
Enzo ... Bits (the dog)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Laren ... Holden's Neighbor

Gail Borges ... Makeup Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Miguel Arteta 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mike White (written by)

Produced by
Carol Baum .... executive producer
Kirk D'Amico .... executive producer
Shelly Glasser .... co-producer
Matthew Greenfield .... producer
Gina Kwon .... co-producer
Philip von Alvensleben .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tony Maxwell 
James O'Brien 
Mark Orton 
Joey Waronker 
 
Cinematography by
Enrique Chediak (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Betancourt 
 
Casting by
Joanna Colbert 
 
Production Design by
Daniel Bradford 
 
Art Direction by
Macie Vener 
 
Set Decoration by
Susan Emshwiller 
 
Costume Design by
Nancy Steiner 
 
Makeup Department
Darla Albright .... assistant makeup artist
Daniel Curet .... key hair stylist
Carol Schwartz .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Shelly Glasser .... unit production manager
Brad Goodman .... post-production supervisor (as Bradley M. Goodman)
Steven Kaminsky .... post-production supervisor
Deborah Reissman .... executive in charge of production
Paul Springer .... post-production supervisor: Lucasfilm (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Bilger .... second second assistant director
Linda Brachman .... first assistant director
Marge Piane .... second assistant director
John Riley .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Russell Wayne Baker .... swing gang
Judy Baruth .... painter (as Judith Baruth)
Susan Brudny .... painter
Michael Carney .... property master
Sam Cavezza .... propmaker
Christopher Coulson .... leadman
Derek Crimmel .... propmaker
Karen Leigh Crutcher .... construction medic (as Karen Crutcher)
David D. Duensing .... swing gang (as David Duensing)
Gretchen Engel .... art department coordinator
Brigitte Heichelbech .... painter
Derrick Hinman .... assistant property master
Joe Lozano .... greensman
Al Martinez .... painter
Rangel Mata .... lead painter
Kristie Moore .... painter
Jack B. Nelson .... labor foreman
Frank B. Nieves .... construction foreman (as Frank Nieves)
Don Partridge .... painter
Rodney Petreikis .... swing gang
Robert Piser .... painter
Ken Scaife .... construction coordinator
Juan C. Solano .... swing gang
Suzette Stotts .... stand-by painter
John Sutherland .... propmaker
Gabor Szitanyi .... on-set dresser
Manuel Sánchez .... painter (as Manuel Sanchez)
Heather L. Watson .... set dresser (as Heather Watson)
Steve 'O' Watson .... swing gang (as Steve Watson)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Alba .... first assistant sound editor
Matthew C. Beville .... adr mixer (as Matt Beville)
Michael Camello .... sound editing intern
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Marilyn Graf .... foley mixer
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Chuck Homyak .... cable: additional photography (as Chuck Homwak)
Eddie Kim .... sound effects designer
Chris La Rue .... cable person (as Chris Larue)
Dan Lipe .... boom operator
Yehuda Maayan .... sound mixer
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Jongeun Oh .... sound editing intern
Ken S. Polk .... additional re-recordist
Eryne Prine .... assistant sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Christopher Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Brad Sherman .... additional sound re-recordist
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist
Lynette Villalobos .... apprentice sound editor
Donna G. Walker .... sound effects coordinator (as Donna Walker)
Lana Warnock .... assistant sound editor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Waine .... special effects coordinator (as David Wayne)
 
Visual Effects by
Shaina Holmes .... titles (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunts (as Bob Jauregui)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Adams .... dolly grip
Colin Anderson .... Steadicam operator
Thomas Bango .... first assistant camera: additional photography (as Tom Bango)
James Barrett .... electrician: additional photography
Bobby D. Bartlett .... grip (as Bobby Bartlett)
John S. Beyers .... electrician: additional photography (as John Beyers)
Mike Booth .... additional electrician
David Boyd .... camera operator: additional photography
Pierre Cane .... electrician (as Mark 'Pierre' Cane)
William Christie .... grip
Xiomara Comrie .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Xiamara Comrie)
Andrae Crawford .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Bruce Del Castillo .... grip: additional photography
Ric Delgado .... electrician: additional photography
Louis DiCesare .... chief lighting technician (as Louis Dicesare)
Tim Durr .... best boy electric
Paul Elliott .... director of photography: additional photography
John Emory .... grip (as John Emery)
Rusty Geller .... Steadicam operator (as Rusty Gellar)
Raymond Gonzales .... best boy electric: additional photography (as Ray Gonzales)
Dave Harvey .... grip
Kelly Krotine .... second assistant camera
Charles 'Woody' Lang .... best boy grip
Robert Lee .... grip
Ryan Louden .... best boy grip: additional photography
Robert Magnano .... first assistant camera (as Rob Magnano)
Darin Moran .... camera operator
Lloyd Moriarity .... key grip (as Lloyd M. Moriarity)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator (as Randy Nolan)
Arianne Peckham Palmieri .... second assistant camera: additional photography (as Arianne Palmieri)
Kira Parser .... second assistant camera
Kevin P. Patterson .... electrician (as Kevin Patterson)
James Plannette .... gaffer: additional photography (as Jim Plannette)
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Moulaye Sene .... electrician (as Idrissa Moulaye Sene)
Sidney Sidell .... director of photography: second unit (as Jerry Sidel)
Curtis Smith .... key grip: additional photography
Bruce D. Spellman .... grip: additional photography (as Bruce Spellman)
Miguel Sánchez .... rigging gaffer (as Miguel Sanchez)
Keith Talley .... dolly grip: additional photography
Peter Burgess Smith .... electrician (uncredited)
Charles A. Vogeler .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Michael J. Walker .... cinematographer: additonal inserts (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jeff Olan .... extras casting
Meredith Tucker .... casting: New York
Tony Rasmussen .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chris Burrows .... costume supervisor (as Christine Burrows)
B.J. Rogers .... costume supervisor
Christie Wittenborn .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Jeffrey L. Jamison .... assistant editor: additional photography
Catherine Liu .... post-production assistant: additional photography
Andrew Loschin .... first assistant editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeil)
B.J. Saidi .... dailies colorist (as BJ Saidi)
Kathy Thomson .... digital colorist
 
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music consultant
Jessica Clements .... music coordinator
Stephen Lotwis .... music editor
Tony Maxwell .... music consultant
Jeremy Raub .... assistant music editor
Christopher Violette .... executive in charge of music (as Chris Violette)
Joey Waronker .... music consultant
Margaret Yen .... music supervisor
Stephen Thomas Cavit .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Andrew Gross .... composer: main titles (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mark 'Bugsy' Albertson .... driver
Al Boone .... driver
Scott Bourke .... driver (as Scott 'O-Ball' Bourke)
Steven Butcher .... driver (as Steve Butcher)
Mike J. Dawson .... driver (as Mike Dawson)
Robert Depew .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Christian James .... driver
John Jarvis .... driver
Randy Mellison .... driver
Guy Merrick .... driver
Michael Merrick .... transportation coordinator (as Mike Merrick)
Mike Miliotti .... driver
Ken Plumlee .... driver
Russ Tolliver .... transportation co-captain
Johnny Videgain .... driver (as John Videgan)
Ernest von Hauff .... driver
Craig Williams .... driver
Steve Zerwick .... transportation captain (as Steve Zerweck)
Charlie Ping .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Francie Agajanian .... studio teacher (as Franci Agajanian)
Ozzie Areu .... assistant: Ms. Aniston
Charmaine Boos .... studio teacher
Martina Brookler .... paymaster
Francie Brown .... dialect coach
Yolanda Chavarria .... assistant post-production accountant
Julia Cranston .... post-production accountant
Shelley Davis .... animal trainer (as Shelly Davis)
Joy Ellison .... dialect coach
Charles Fagin .... assistant location manager
France Myung Fagin .... location manager (as France Myung Metz)
Ruben Fleischer .... assistant: Mr. Arteta
Ruben Fleischer .... second unit supervisor
Rebecca Fulton .... script supervisor
Slobodan Gajic .... production assistant (as Slobodan Gajlk)
Antonio García .... chef (as Antonio Garcia)
Andy Goldman .... title designer (as Andrew Goldman)
Kim Harris .... stand-in: Ms. Aniston
Paul Hastings .... supplier: "Draco" video
Annika Hays .... utility stand-in (as Anika Hays)
Tony Hill .... set medic
John Humber .... key production assistant
Petra Jorgensen .... script supervisor
Damiana Kamishin .... assistant production coordinator
Sean S. Kanase .... production assistant (as Sean Kanase)
Brian M. Kingman .... insurance services: Aon/Albert G. Ruben
Carrie L.A. .... location scout
Asha MacLeod .... production assistant (as Asha Macleod)
Asha MacLeod .... utility stand-in (as Asha Macleod)
Erin Martin .... assistant: Ms. Baum
Karri Mayo .... studio teacher: additional photography (as Kerri Mayo)
Peter McManus .... production accountant
Megan Melcher .... assistant: Mr. Greenfield
Steve M. Miliotti .... craft service (as Steve Miliotti)
Kevin Mittan .... dailies supervisor
Luis Moreno .... assistant chef
J.C. Rappaport .... assistant: Mr. D'Amico
Cristi Rickey .... production assistant
Steve Rothblum .... utility stand-in
Anouk Schaff .... assistant: Mr. Von Alvensleben (as Anouk Schaaf)
Leslie Silvey .... production coordinator
Krista Thomas .... assistant: Ms. Aniston
Angela Waldrop .... production intern
Schelle Waldrop .... craft service: additional photography
Faye Walker .... paymaster
Troy Waters .... marine coordinator
William S. White .... production secretary (as William White)
Wendy Wilhite .... studio teacher
Keri Winters .... insurance services: Aon/Albert G. Ruben
Christopher Wolfe .... production assistant
Robert Yacobian .... first assistant accountant
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
Courtney McLaughlin .... personal assistant: Mr. Lynch (uncredited)
John T. Melick .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Pamela Abdy .... special thanks (as Pam Abdy)
Fred Ahlert .... special thanks
Steve Alexander .... special thanks
David Baker .... special thanks
Jeanine Basinger .... special thanks
Will Baum .... special thanks
Lisa Benavides .... special thanks
Ryan Beveridge .... special thanks
Pat Brown .... special thanks (as Patricia Brown)
Paul Brown .... special thanks
Martin Calloman .... special thanks
Anne Capizzi .... special thanks (as Annie Capizzi)
David Carbonara .... special thanks
Stephen Thomas Cavit .... special thanks (as Stephen Cavit)
Sarah Clossey .... special thanks
Diana Cohen .... special thanks
Beth Colt .... special thanks
Lori Condon .... special thanks
Scott Cort .... special thanks
Peggy Davis .... special thanks
Ilyce Dawes .... special thanks
Danny DeVito .... special thanks (as Danny Devito)
Paul Dickman .... special thanks
Nancy Dituro .... special thanks
Peg Donegan .... special thanks
Gabrielle Drake .... special thanks
Cynthia Shelton Droke .... special thanks
Laurence Dumortier .... special thanks
Cassian Elwes .... special thanks
Chad Fischer .... special thanks
Lucas Foster .... special thanks
Alberto Garcia .... special thanks
Geoffrey Gilmore .... special thanks (as Geoff Gilmore)
Peter Golub .... special thanks
Joseph Julián González .... special thanks (as Joseph Julian Gonzalez)
Pamela Gordon .... special thanks
Robert Graf .... special thanks
Thomas Gramuglia .... special thanks
Alan Grodin .... special thanks
Dan Guerrero .... special thanks
Marc Gurvitz .... special thanks
Julia Halperin .... special thanks
Kevin Hardesty .... special thanks
Michael J. Harker .... special thanks (as Michael Harker)
Robert Harvey .... special thanks (as Bob Harvey)
Kim Hodgert .... special thanks
Tod Holcomb .... special thanks
Dawn Hudson .... special thanks
Kevin Huvane .... special thanks
Sarah Jackson .... special thanks
Sharon Jackson .... special thanks (as Sharon Sheinwold)
Eric Johnson .... special thanks
Monique Jones .... special thanks
Spike Jonze .... special thanks
Wayne Kazan .... special thanks
Ray Kersaint .... special thanks
Mary Keuhn .... special thanks
Stacey Koff .... special thanks
Vincent Landay .... special thanks (as Vince Landay)
Linda Lichter .... special thanks
Diane Lipson .... special thanks
Tom Lopinski .... special thanks
Joel Lubin .... special thanks
David Lubliner .... special thanks
Pat Lucas .... special thanks
Malena Marchan .... special thanks
Pamela Martin .... special thanks
Mary McDowell .... special thanks
Gregory McKnight .... special thanks
Leon Mendel .... special thanks
David Miercort .... special thanks
Ann Murray .... special thanks
Jason Noble .... special thanks
Christopher Pappas .... special thanks
Adam Parker .... special thanks
Alan Poul .... special thanks
Rhonda Price .... special thanks
Tonya Puerto .... special thanks
Deanna Sanchez .... special thanks
Peter Saraf .... special thanks
Michelle Satter .... special thanks
Elyse Scherz .... special thanks (as Elyse Shearz)
Leslie Schuman .... special thanks
Abby Schwarzwalder .... special thanks
Lisa Sedano .... special thanks
Michael Shamberg .... special thanks
Stacey Sher .... special thanks
Jon Shere .... special thanks
Greg Siegel .... special thanks
Don Terbush .... special thanks
Daisy von Scherler Mayer .... special thanks (as Daisy Mayer)
James H. Ware .... special thanks (as James Ware)
David Wasco .... special thanks
Joan Weidman .... special thanks
Chris Weitz .... special thanks
Paul Weitz .... special thanks
Lyla White .... special thanks
Mel White .... special thanks
Patrick Whitesell .... special thanks
Joanne Wiles .... special thanks
Donna Young .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for sexuality, some language and drug content
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93 min
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Trivia:
According to Jennifer Aniston, from the first draft of the script to the shooting almost no changes were made.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
[to Justine]
Bubba:Look, you got your choice to make, destroy your marriage and break your husband's heart, or have sex with me right now.
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Soundtrack:
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49 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Downbeat but engaging, 1 September 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Justine works at a supermarket in a small town and is married to her underachieving painter husband. She feels trapped and unable to deal with the stagnant pool that is her life. When a mysteriously dark young man begins to work at the supermarket she gets involved with him as a way out of her normal life into something more exciting. However things get much more exciting that she expected.

Rented by my wife as she searched for something in a sort of comedy/drama. As always she has pretty good judgement and better taste than I give her credit for. I had heard reasonable things about this film but I wasn't sure if it would just be another Friends clone comedy. Happily my fears were not realised and this film is actually quite a brave shot at being a character study rather than another one of her hollow rom-coms. The plot looks at an ordinary woman who is living a life that is far below what she thought she wanted. It is not spectacular but it works well on this level. We see her pursue her supposed dream but only getting sucked into other things that she doesn't want for her life. Not all the drama works as well as others and some twists and scenes are a little too much for such a low-key film.

The film has some laughs in it, but not so many that it hurts the main drama of the film. At times the comedy works well to compliment the main thread but occasionally it is misjudged and threatens to take away from it a bit. The fact that the film is quite down beat and low-key might put some off as it doesn't really set the screen on fire, however what it does do well is develop the character of Justine as you watch the film.

As such the film does rely on the acting and the majority of it is very good. As much as I dislike her performance in Friends (and thus every repeat she's done in the films), Aniston does very well here and her Justine is as far from her Rachael as is needed. Likewise her character is as far from any life she has ever lived, but she brings it to life and does develop well while still keeping it down to earth and relatable. Reilly and Nelson have good roles that get better as the film goes on and they give good performances. Nelson has the harder job of keeping his character within some sort of relatable reality and he does it well. Gyllenhaal's character is harder to get and is not treated as well by the film, but in essence he is the driver for Justine's journey and is developed well enough to do that. He plays him well and, with Donnie Darko, is in danger of only getting the `weirdo kid' roles.

Overall this is a good film that is maybe too downbeat and understated to be really called enjoyable. It is good to see a Hollywood star make a film that is driven by her character and she rises to the challenge and gives a performance that, although not earth shattering, is certainly better than all the stuff she's been doing of late.

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