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It's her last best chance... is she going to take it?
A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)

Directed by
Miguel Arteta 
Writing credits
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)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Waine .... special effects coordinator (as David Wayne)
Visual Effects by
Shaina Holmes .... titles (uncredited)
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
Location Management
Charles Fagin .... assistant location manager
France Myung Fagin .... location manager (as France Myung Metz)
Carrie L.A. .... location scout
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 Zerweck .... transportation captain
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
Ruben Fleischer .... assistant: Mr. Arteta
Ruben Fleischer .... second unit supervisor
Rebecca Fulton .... script supervisor
Robert 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
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 Schaaf .... assistant: Mr. Von Alvensleben
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 Chatley .... studio teacher (as Wendy Wilhite)
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)
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-Nelson .... special thanks (as Lisa Benavides)
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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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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93 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
an offbeat gem, 15 September 2002
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Jennifer Anniston gives a beautiful, heartfelt performance in `The Good Girl,' a film totally in tune with the rhythms of everyday life. Anniston' Justine Last is just one of the many people inhabiting this Deep South, Bible Belt town who find themselves leading lives of quiet desperation, imprisoned by the dreary sameness of their daily routines. Justine works at one of those generic five-and-dime drug stores that so define the culture of Middle America. Yet, Justine's job and work environment are not the only sources of her frustration. She is also married to a well-meaning but dull blue collar worker who would rather spend the evening sitting on the sofa getting stoned with his partner than engage in any meaningful relationship-building with his wife. At the age of 30 then, Justine is ripe for some kind of life-changing experience when in walks Holden Worther, an introverted, obviously disturbed young co-worker who sees in Justine the very soul mate he has been searching for all his life, a person who will understand him and share his hatred for the life they are both leading.

`The Good Girl' is really about the contrast between what we would like our lives to be and what they really are. Justine knows that the `easy' choice would be to pull up stakes and simply run away with Holden, abandoning a town, a marriage and a husband she has come lately to both abhor and despise. Yet, something keeps Justine rooted to the spot, something that makes her understand that any decision she makes will end up hurting someone in the end besides herself. Perhaps she sticks around because she realizes that, for all his faults, her husband is, in reality, a pretty decent guy overall and that he really does love her. Perhaps she also realizes that Holden is more mentally disturbed than she is willing to admit and that whatever life she might have with him would only mean exchanging one set of troubles for another. Credit the Mike White screenplay with exploring the complex nature of the film's characters and relationships. We never quite know where the story is headed or how all the issues will get resolved - if at all. As in real life, the story here keeps bumping up against new and ever more challenging complications and, because we can identify with the messiness, we are eager to go along with it wherever it chooses to take us. The film also does a fine job showing how life takes wholly unexpected turns at times, such as when a fairly major character dies unexpectedly. The casual suddenness of the death throws us for a loop since we so rarely see death portrayed that way in the movies.

Miguel Arteta's deadpan, matter-of-fact directorial style brings out the black comedy richness inherent in the material. Amid all the pain and sadness, there are a surprising number of genuine laughs in the film as we see our own lives reflected in the people and incidents there on the screen. Actually, the film reminds us a bit - in its music, its use of voiceover narration and its unromanticized view of rural life - of Terrance Malick's great 1973 film, `Badlands,' a landmark in independent American filmmaking.

Anniston, who is probably in every scene in the film, carries the picture with her rich and highly empathetic performance. Even though her character is a woman slowly becoming deadened to the world around her, she still retains that spark of life and that absurd hope for the future that make her worthy to be the centerpiece of an intimate drama such as this one. Jake Gyllenhaal makes Holden both strangely appealing and a little frightening, so that, as Justine does, we come to admire his `uniqueness' of spirit (he has adopted his name from the main character of his favorite book `Catcher in the Rye') yet fear his increasing possessiveness. John C. Reilly as Justine's husband, Phil, and Deborah Rush as Gwen Jackson, Justine's sometime confidante at the store, also provide memorable, telling performances. In fact, there is nothing less than a superb performance in the entire film.

The question of whether or not Justine is really `a good girl' is, as it should be, left up to the individual viewer to decide. Some may feel she is; others may feel she's not. What really matters, though, is that `The Good Girl' doesn't try to impress us with the slickness that generally defines mainstream commercial filmmaking. Instead it lets its drama unfold in an unforced, believable manner, so that even its moments of greatest absurdity seem somehow strangely real and lifelike. It is a film that, in its own quiet, subtle way, manages to get under your skin - and keeps you thinking for a long time after you leave the theater.

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