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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Justine Last
... Gwen Jackson
... Corny
... Jack Field, Your Store Manager
... Holden Worther
... Cheryl
... Phil Last
... Bubba
... Heavy Set Woman
... Haggard Woman
... Mr. Worther
... Mrs. Worther
Jon Shere ... Lester (as Jonathan Shere)
... Big Haired Woman
... Old Woman
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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?

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

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30 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una buena chica  »

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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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Outside of Friends (1994), at the time this was Jennifer Aniston's most critically acclaimed performance. Many thought she might even secure an Oscar nomination but she missed out. See more »

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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 »

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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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I'll Be Seeing You
(1944)
Written by Sammy Fain (music), Irving Kahal (lyrics)
Performed by Kate Smith
Courtesy of MAC VSOP
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A Deep and Dramatic Story About Frustration in Life With Touches of Black Humor
3 October 2003 | by See 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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