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The Good Girl
The Good Girl
Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly, Mike White, John Carroll Lynch
Director: Miguel Arteta
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2003     1hr 33min

Jennifer Aniston turns in "a fantastic performance" (Us Weekly) in this quirky comedy about first encounters and second chances. Thirty-year-old Justine Last (Aniston) longs for a life more fulfilling than the one she lead...  more »

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Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly, Mike White, John Carroll Lynch
Director: Miguel Arteta
Creators: Mike White, Carol Baum, Gina Kwon, Kirk D'Amico, Matthew Greenfield, Philip von Alvensleben, Shelly Glasser
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/07/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 27
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Tara M. from MORROW, OH
Reviewed on 1/17/2014...
I caught this movie on TV one afternoon and was sucked in. Wouldn't call it a typical comedy, maybe a dark comedy I guess because some of the characters and things they did were just small town funny. The story was kind of depressing though, not a light movie overall. I thought it was interesting to think about each person's circumstances and the acting was very believable. Many people have probably felt "stuck" in their life as the main character does and make choices that may not have the desired consequences they envisioned. I enjoy any movie that makes me think like this one certainly did. Sometimes "good" and "bad" choices are not crystal clear.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jennifer N. from BLACKSBURG, VA
Reviewed on 2/26/2012...
Well written and acted, although definitely not a rom-com.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ann G. from HOUSTON, TX
Reviewed on 12/28/2009...
Not a romantic comedy as expected with Jennifer Aniston. Interesting plot.
Kathryn B. (KathrynBlodgett) from JUPITER, FL
Reviewed on 11/30/2009...
I was thoroughly unimpressed by this movie. I usually like Jennifer Aniston, but the acting was extremely dry, slow, and monotone like. The plot had some good ideas in it, but the terrible acting made me not want to watch it again. The slow and monotone feeling of the acting at first is a really great idea (gives a good impression of how bored she is with her life), but the entire movie and every character in it is like that! It doesn’t get any more interesting or exciting even with announcements of infidelity and pregnancies and other life changing events. Not really worth the 1 credit, but maybe if you are bored and someone offers it in a 2 for 1...
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Sleeping Giant of a Film
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 08/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With very little in the way of pre-publicity, THE GOOD GIRL crept into limited release and is only now being disseminated into some more mainstream theaters. There seems to be a trend here in putting the really superb, message films in the small theaters and letting word of mouth propel them into the public eye. And perhaps this technique underlines the importance of these small films - no ballyhoo, just concentrated fine work speaking for itself.THE GOOD GIRL is a well written, well directed strange story that adresses the Kafkaesque microcosms we all create. The setting is basically in and around a Rodeo Retail store in a small Texas town, that kind of claustrophobic place where everyone seems 'just fine' on the surface but within the shell is a lonely, borderline personality waiting to escape. The story concentrates on one character's (Justine) attempt to find something better in life, but the consequences of that decision bleed into the lives of everyone in this samll town. When the list for Oscar nominees begins to form, surely Jennifer Aniston's name will be at the top. Her performance is so well crafted and nuanced that despite her character's failings she maintains our empathy. This is a superb character role that deserves the highest kudos. The supporting cast is equally exceptional; Zooey Deschanel creates a zany, bizarre, hilarious yet real person (a bid for Best Supporting Actress),and John C. Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson, Mike White and Jake Gyllenhaal all are born to their roles. The director, Michael Arteta, makes the most of these gifted actors and creates an ensemble performance that stays in your mind long after the movie credits are over. This little gem of a film is bound to appeal to everyone who can transpose the atmosphere here created into the variations of despair we all create and cope with. A superb movie, this."
Brilliant acting elevates weak plot
John | Cleveland, OH | 08/23/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Justine is depressed. She hates her job at the Retail Rodeo, she comes home everyday to find her husband smoking pot and watching TV with his loser friend, her life is going nowhere. That is, until she meets Holden. Holden and Justine have something in common, they both hate their lives. For awhile, Justine and Holden seem to be in love and everything is great. It's not too long, however before things start going sour.Jennifer Aniston is nothing short of spectacular in this role. I went to see this thinking I'd have trouble believing "Rachel" from Friends as a depressed loser. Surprisingly, I left the theater wondering if I'd believe that this depressed loser could also be "Rachel". That's how incredibly transformed Jennifer Aniston is. I can't remember her even smiling in this. Jake Gyllenhaal is also terrific as Holden. I also love the one female employee (I can't remember her name) who makes those hilarious announcements over the store's PA. In fact, the whole cast is consistantly brilliant.
The flaw in this film is the script. Don't get me wrong, it's written extremely well. It is never cliched, never predictable, nothing like that. The problem is there isn't enough plot, if you know what I mean. The movie is great for the first 40 minutes, but then you start to wonder if it's building up to anything at all. The conclusion is satisfactory, but overall this could have been better if given a quick rewrite. Anyway, despite the plot that could've used a bit more story, this movie is more than worth the time and money. Jennifer's performance is EASILY worth a best actress statue, but I seriously doubt that, given all the other great movies this year, this movie will be recognized by the Academy."
Leaves you not knowing what to think
Michelle Lee | Bloomfield, NJ United States | 01/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Jennifer Aniston does a surprisingly good job at portraying Justine, the fed-up Retail Rodeo employee who begins an elicit affair with Holden, a co-worker 8 years her junior. I find it funny that one of the reviewers thought of this movie as a "comedy". The dialogue is humorous at times, but I think this story has a lot more to it than meets the eye.Justine sees her life as a prison, as does Holden. He swings open the door of curiosity in her life that makes her wonder if there's more for her in the world. Yet, the "good girl" mentality she holds throughout the movie obligates her to deny her feelings for Holden and stick with her pot-smoking, impotent husband. As you watch, you at first root for Holden and Justine. You want them to escape their small town and find out what life holds for them. Then you start feeling like that isn't right either; Holden is, after all, only 22...and a depressed, rather mentally disturbed 22 at that. Justine sees in him a possibility, but still a bleak possibility. This leads to a battle of motivations: do you stick with the life you are familiar with and is socially acceptable, even if you're depressed out of your mind, or do you escape into a life more exciting that could very well be as bad or even worse? This is what makes me not know what to think. Justine obviously has personal issues she needs to work out, but she sees her answers in other people and not in herself. This makes her a sympathetic character, but you hate her all at the same time. The story is very well-conceived, and the actors do a marvelous job portraying Justine's equally-dysfunctional co-workers, family, and friends. The deleted scenes on the DVD are funny, and some would have been helpful to explain some of the progression in the story. However, the movie is mysteriously captivating on its own, and I think Aniston should be recognized for this gross departure from her flaky counterpart on "Friends"."