Good Girl

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Quirky comedy about first encounters and second chances. 30 year old justine(aniston) longs for a more fulfilling life her boring husband(reilly) and dead end job lead her into the arms of a young coworker (gyllenhaal) with unexpected and comical results.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40212406
UPC 024543060222
UPC 14 00024543060222
Format DVD
Release Date 4/10/2007
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Love Affairs
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note THE GOOD GIRL, directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Mike White, stars Jennifer Aniston as Justine, a sullen 30-year-old woman stuck in a dead-end job at the Retail Rodeo department store. In addition to her mind-numbing occupation, Justine also has to contend with her dim-witted husband, Phil (John C. Reilly), and his partner, Bubba (Tim Blake Nelson), who work as house painters when they aren't smoking pot and staring blankly at the television. Justine sees an opportunity for change, however, when she meets Holden (Jake Gyllenhaal), a fellow Retail Rodeo employee who is even more depressed than herself. The young Holden (who patterns himself after Holden Caulfield of J.D. Salinger's THE CATCHER IN THE RYE) and Justine soon begin a passionate secret affair, unaware that it may not be so secret after all.^With THE GOOD GIRL, Arteta and White, the creators of the indie hit CHUCK & BUCK, have fashioned yet another oddly affecting comedy out of misery and obsession. Playing the polar opposite of the character she plays on the TV show FRIENDS, Aniston is outstanding as Justine, a melancholy wife torn between the temptation of an affair and loyalty to her husband. Gyllenhaal is excellent as Justine's angst-ridden younger beau, while Reilly plays her slacker spouse to perfection. Also notable in their supporting roles are Nelson, who portrays a scheming stoner; screenwriter White, who appears as Retail Rodeo's pious security guard; and Zooey Deschanel, who gleefully dispenses sarcasm as a customer-hating clerk. A delicate balance of dark humor and sincere emotion, THE GOOD GIRL stands out as an overachieving film about underachieving people.
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Jennifer Aniston gives a revelatory performance..." 07/01/2002 p.40-2
Premiere "...This is smart, well-crafted stuff..." 08/01/2002 p.26
Los Angeles Times "...One of the year's best films....The extraordinary quality of White's script and Arteta's direction lifts the meticulously cast actors to the heights of their abilities..." 08/07/2002 p.C5
USA Today "...A sharp-tongued, subtly nuanced tragicomedy....Aniston effectively exudes emptiness and ennui....Viewers will be grateful to have stumbled on this darkly comic and well-told story..." 08/07/2002 p.3D
New York Times "...It's a winner....Ms. Aniston provides a gentle, thoughtful performance....A ripe, daffy comedy about the turbulent mixture of depression and jealousy..." 08/07/2002 p.E1
Sight and Sound "...THE GOOD GIRL ferrets out subtle comedy in the bleakest of set-ups. While the tone of the movie is sincere and socially aware....An appealing film..." 01/01/2003 p.46-7
Wall Street Journal "Jennifer Aniston gives an austere, impeccable performance....Every character is drawn sharply, yet never uncharitably." 01/08/2010
Miguel Arteta
Zooey Deschanel
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jennifer Aniston
Tim Blake Nelson
Cast & Crew
Deborah Rush - Actor
Jake Gyllenhaal - Actor
John C. Reilly - Actor
John Carroll Lynch - Actor
Jennifer Aniston - Actor
Mike White - Actor
Tim Blake - Actor
Zooey Deschanel - Actor
Nancy Steiner - Costume Designer
Miguel Areta - Director
Enrique Chediak - Director of Photography
Jeff Betancourt - Editor
Philip von Alvensleben - Executive Producer
Carol Baum - Executive Producer
Kirk D'Amico - Executive Producer
Mark Orton - Musical Score
Joey Waronker - Musical Score
James O'Brien - Musical Score
Tony Maxwell - Musical Score
Matthew Greenfield - Producer
Daniel Bradford - Production Designer
Mike White - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 2006022
UPC 00024543060222
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Independent Spirit (2003) Matthew Greenfield, Nominee, Best Feature,Jennifer Aniston, Nominee, Best Female Lead,Mike White, Nominee, Best Screenplay,John C. Reilly, Nominee, Best Supporting Male
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Jennifer Aniston has at last decisively broken with her Friends image in an independent film of satiric fire and emotional turmoil. It will no longer be possible to consider her in the same way.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Aniston,Jennifer
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Aniston is remarkable...
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...darkly comic and well-told story.
Entertainment Weekly A comedy of winning delicacy and heart.
Los Angeles Times ...laugh-out-loud funny...
Elle Magazine Aniston makes this movie a must-see!
Hollywood Reporter ...touches nerves and rings true.
Megan Turner, New York Post The Friends star announces herself as a true big-screen talent...
Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times's a winner.

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