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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
5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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?

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Holden is named after a J.D. Salinger character. Zooey Deschanel, who plays Cheryl in this film, was herself named after a Salinger character. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

References Badlands (1973) See more »

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Ride Ride
(1971)
Written by Anne Briggs
Performed by Gillian Welch
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A Deep and Dramatic Story About Frustration in Life With Touches of Black Humor
3 October 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Justine (the gorgeous Jennifer Aniston) is a thirty years old, frustrated and married woman, bored with her monotonous life. She works as a clerk in a supermarket, and none of her dreams has come through. She quit schooling just before going to the college, she got married very young, she got trapped in a small town in a job without any perspective and even her expectation of being mother is not being accomplished. Her husband Phil (John C. Reilly, an excellent and underrated actor) is a house painter, who gets stoned most of the vacant time, as a form of escaping his life, with his colleague and best friend Bubba (Tim Blake Nelson). Their entertainment is watching a noisy TV at night. One day, Justine meets her new colleague Holden Worther (Jack Gyllenhaal), a strange ex-addicted and drunken guy, who wants to be a writer. Justine feels a type of attraction for him, which grows to a crush, ending in an affair. The cuckold and naive Phil does not suspect of the situation. Then, the screenplay presents many plot points, alternating dramatic situations with a very black humor. This is indeed a deep movie, with very well developed characters. Basically all of them have a sort of frustration in life, like all of us, which is revealed along the story. The black humor is proportioned in doses to relieve the tension in many situations. Jennifer Aniston proves that she is an excellent actress, able to conduct and carry out a dense movie. Many persons just know her work as Rachel in `Friends', and just expect her to perform foolish roles. For them, I suggest for example, to watch `The Object of My Affection'. I am very suspicious to write about Jennifer Aniston, since I am a great fan of her, but she has a great performance in this film. Of course, the supporting actors and actresses and the direction are also superb. It is ridiculous the classification of comedy for such a movie. This type of classification certainly misleads the viewer and affects the evaluation. This is a movie that deserves to be watched more than once. My vote is nine.


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