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The Good Girl 2002

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

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This movie started off really good and then went downhill. Jennifer Aniston's character made a shitload of crappy decisions and it became REALLY depressing and it felt like the longest 90 minutes of my life. She redeemed herself slightly in the end, at least. Overall, she carried the film. If it had starred anyone else, I probably would have completely hated it.
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The Good Girl, shot in an awe-inspiring thirty-three days, stars Jennifer Aniston ("Friends", Office Space) as 30-something Justine Last of a small Texas town, stuck in a mind-crushingly boring dead-end job at a Wal-Mart rip off and married to a kind but bumbling pothead played wonderfully by John C. Reilly (Magnolia, Gangs of New York). Justine is understandably displeased with her life and craves something new in the wind. What blows in on that wind turns out to be Tom "Holden" Worther (Jake Gyllenhaal, the Retail Rodeo's new cashier. Justine and Holden become fascinated with each other, and eventually smitten. Their affair starts out passionate, but is abruptly interrupted when Bubba, the best friend of her husband, discovers her illicit acts. Chaos begins to take hold of Justine. She realizes Holden's grasp on reality is tenuous and he's become obsessed with her, Bubba threatens to expose her, and she becomes pregnant with Holden's child shortly before her husband learns he's infertile. Finally, Holden snaps, her husband discovers her secret, and Justine is forced to try to make things right in her life again.

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Basically, a woman with a crummy 9-5 job and married to a pot-smoking, but caring and understanding air-head takes a peek at the dark side and gets into a whole lotta trouble. Like Jennifer Aniston's character, a lot of people probably wonder at some point in their normal life what's it like to live an unnormal life. John C. Reilly plays such a likable character that it's very easy to forgive his shortcomings. I think Jake Gyllenhaal's one of those guys that are constantly taking drugs in real life. He always look stoned to me in every movie. It also seems like his parents are just too cold and apathetic to be believable. The subject matter is pretty serious, but the entire film is peppered with dark humor. Justine's young female co-worker is pretty funny.
I love Jake Gyllenhaal, which is pretty much the reason I rented his film, and he was quite good in it.
The film isn't too bad overall, there are some unnecessary parts which bothered me and it was one of these stories which could have ended at so many points but rushed itself at the end.
I laughed at different times during the film but it is a drama that deals with lots of tragic life issues.
17. The Good Girl



Another pleasant surprise. Jennifer Aniston is better than I could have imagined in a fairly dramatic role. Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly, and Tim Blake Nelson are all good, as the men in her life. Zooey Deschanel steals every scene that she is in.
This movie was pretty good, it reminded me of About Schmidt, in the way that it really didn't have a point. Hmm, that doesn't make sense, but I understand it, so pfft.

Anyhoo, I think what made me enjoy this movie was my lack of attraction to Jake Gyllen-whatever. The fact that i could watch him throughout the whole film and not find him attractive at all is very empowering. Is that even a word? It is now.

My mum didn't like the movie, and she does have good taste in films, I think. I guess it's one of those films that you watch once and never have the urge to see again... but not because it's bad, just because it's kind of pointless.



I watched The Good Girl on DVD tonight. Unfortunately, the widescreen side of this 2 sided disc was scratched, so I had to look at the cropped and chopped option. I feel sooo cheated! :eek:

Anyhow.. I figured I would not like this film very much. Jennifer Aniston's fru-fru Rachel on "Friends" annoys the hell out of me (Plus, even though I think Friends has strong scripts, I do not like that the cast is entirely caucasian characters with magical finances to buy them dream homes and clothing). Also, even though I am female, I am not usually into chick flicks. But being the age of the main character, Justine Last, I could understand and relate to much of this story. Her beginning life choices were not the patterns I would ever take, but I can still get the gist of the questions we face at this time of our lifes.... Pursuing our dreams or settling down with what we have available.

I do have problems with the film making John C. Reilly's character of Phil being an "ok" option as a father figure. Especially when he is often shown as someone who is more interested in pot than his job. To me, this character was just as low- if not lower since he is supposed to be more mature- as the young and confused Holden Worther, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.

If there were any other actors with small parts stealing scenes it would be not only the obvious Tim Blake Nelson as Bubba- but more impressively Zooey Deschanel as Cheryl. Her performance of this role was one of the most amusing aspects of this film. Especially from the perspective of someone who worked retail to get through art school!

This film is like many independent films- It does not take the path Studio films usually dictate in their structure. It askes us questions about our lives we often chose to void thinking about ourselve. The only flaw is this film gives us an ending for Justine where she has not necessarily proper choices- yet in a pattern where it seems she has found her proper solutions. The ending of this film may seem something closer to stability to most of the viewers, but not to me. I see this as something which could turn just as hostile than if she had chosen to stay with Holden.

If I had been Justine, I would have dumped both the insane Holden and pot-head Phil (and sh*t-head Bubba) to go college and explore the use of the brain without brackets placed by anyone else. After that, she could make enough money on her own to raise Holden's kid and keep Phil from slapping her. ;) :rolleyes:

Jennifer Aniston

Here is a list of my favorite Jennifer Aniston movies with (rating):

Picture Perfect (1997) 9/10
The Object of My Affection (1998) 8/10
Office Space (1999) 10/10
Rock Star (2001) 7/10
The Good Girl (2002) 9/10
Bruce Almighty (2003) 9/10
Along Came Polly (2004) 8/10
A simple and very clever movie. Aniston proved that she can play better than brainless and now too old "friends". Despite the quite very usual screenplay interface: the weirdo that bonds with the heroin against the whole world, the movie is estonishingly captivating and has a real strengh due partly of the excellent acting part from all the actors but also from the fact that the audience can easily identify with the crisis Jennifer (Justine) in going through. Real values vs. depression was definitely exciting to watch. And I must say that all the caracters were really human and got all interesting personalities even if they got the most terrible job and are at first sights "no bodies".
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