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The Good Girl (2002)

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A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.

Director:

Miguel Arteta

Writer:

Mike White
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jon Shere ... Lester (as Jonathan Shere)
Alice Amter ... Big Haired Woman
Jean Rhodes ... Old Woman
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

It's her last best chance... is she going to take it?

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una buena chica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,642, 11 August 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,015,786, 8 December 2002
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The end credits give special thanks to actor Danny DeVito and to director Spike Jonze. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Features Angel and the Badman (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Who's Sorry Now
(1923)
Written by Bert Kalmar (lyrics), Harry Ruby (lyrics), Ted Snyder (music)
Performed by Sandy Posey
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
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Touching, Compelling, Perfectly Ordinary
9 March 2004 | by clarkykinsSee 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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