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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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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

Jennifer Aniston trusted director Miguel Arteta to stop her the moment she did something similar to her famous comedic TV role. She would jokingly say to him, "Please don't let her be Rachel." 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 »

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[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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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to The Arteta Family and The Greenfield Family. See more »

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Spoofed in My Big Fat Independent Movie (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Steady State
(1981)
Written by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Courtesy of Virgin Records Limited
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Nonchalant both about its brains and its humor
25 June 2003 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Jennifer Aniston excels as small-town cashier, stifled in a rudderless marriage and miserable at her boring job, who has an affair with a younger co-worker, leading to a series of confounding personal events. Black comedy is initially bright and biting, subtle about its comedic elements and characters while gently satirizing the middle class aesthetic. Unfortunately, the film takes a wrong turn late in the second-half and never quite recovers, leading to an emotionally unsatisfying finish. The performers are all terrific, especially John C. Reilly as Aniston's pot-smoking husband; but, as the screenplay loses steam so do the actors, and the final events are mechanically offbeat--engineered to be quirky. *** from ****


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