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The Good Girl

Jennifer Aniston  Actor Jake Gyllenhaal  Actor John C. Reilly  Actor Tim Blake Nelson  Actor Zooey Deschanel  Actor

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MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Not For Children,Adult Language,Sexual Situations,Drug Content

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The Good Girl

Theatrical Release Date: 2002 08 07 (USA - Limited)

UPC: 024543060222

Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Not For Children, Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Drug Content]

Summary: Director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White, who had previously collaborated on Chuck and Buck, turn an eye toward suburban boredom with the quirky comedy The Good Girl. Jennifer Aniston stars as Justine, a woman who is feeling constrained by her life. Her husband, Phil (John C. Reilly), is a house painter who spends the majority of his time smoking marijuana with his friend Bubba (Tim Blake Nelson). Longing for something more in her life, Justine becomes involved with a younger co-worker named Tom (Jake Gyllenhall), but because of his fascination with The Catcher in the Rye, he likes to be called Holden. Her new sense of freedom and release are threatened when a co-worker dies, and when Bubba learns of her infidelity. This film was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Category: Comedy Drama

Awards: Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking – National Board of Review Best Actress – Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture – Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay – Independent Spirit Awards Producers Award – Independent Spirit Awards

Features: cc Scene-specific commentary by Jennifer Aniston
Full-length audio commentary by director Miguel Arteta and writer/actor Mike White
9 Deleted scenes with optional commentary
Gag reel
Alternate ending montage

The Good Girl

Format: DVD

Release Date: 01/07/2003

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Pre-1954 Standard, 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DDS Dolby Digital Surround

Runtime: 94 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 -- Side A Widescreen
1. Planning to Escape (Main Titles)
2. Stoned Again
3. Holden
4. I Hate Everybody
5. Tom's Room
6. A Glimpse of the Light
7. The Letter
8. Justine's Choice
9. Lovers
10. Holden's Stories
11. Passed Away
12. A Hateful Girl
13. Taking A Breather
14. I Saw You
15. Bible Study
16. Bubba's Chance
17. Holden's Anguish
18. At the Sperm Doctor's
19. Rock Bottom
20. Pregnant
21. The Robbery
22. Nothing to Lose
23. The Doctor's Report
24. A Good Girl
25. Who's Sorry Now?
26. Sleeping Around
27. A Story About A Girl
28. End Titles
Side #2 -- Side B Fullscreen
1. Planning to Escape (Main Titles)
2. Stoned Again
3. Holden
4. I Hate Everybody
5. Tom's Room
6. A Glimpse of the Light
7. The Letter
8. Justine's Choice
9. Lovers
10. Holden's Stories
11. Passed Away
12. A Hateful Girl
13. Taking A Breather
14. I Saw You
15. Bible Study
16. Bubba's Chance
17. Holden's Anguish
18. At the Sperm Doctor's
19. Rock Bottom
20. Pregnant
21. The Robbery
22. Nothing to Lose
23. The Doctor's Report
24. A Good Girl
25. Who's Sorry Now?
26. Sleeping Around
27. A Story About A Girl
28. End Titles

Josh Ralske

Director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter/actor Mike White, who collaborated on the supremely discomfiting Chuck & Buck, take a more humane tack in dissecting the trapped, flawed denizens of a suburban Texas town in The Good Girl. Jennifer Aniston (Friends) breaks away from her sitcom persona as Justine, a bored department store cosmetics clerk, ironically described in the title. Aniston delivers a solid, appropriately low-key performance, and she's aided by White's script, which mixes occasional easy laughs with a surprising moral complexity, and by a sterling supporting cast. Standouts include John C. Reilly as Phil, Justine's good-natured but feckless pothead husband, Tim Blake Nelson as Bubba, Phil's best friend, who secretly envies what he perceives as Phil and Justine's "perfect life," and Zooey Deschanel (Almost Famous) as Cheryl, Justine's glumly acerbic coworker. The talented Jake Gyllenhaal (who played a completely different character in a similar situation opposite Catherine Keener in Lovely & Amazing) brings a sweaty intensity to the pivotal role of Holden, Justine's intensely self-involved illicit love interest, a depressed white kid who refers to his given name, Tom, as his "slave name." Justine is the calm center of The Good Girl, and while she's never quite despicable, the film doesn't soft-pedal her selfishness, or the destruction her choices cause to those around her. The film is very funny at times, and it takes some surprising turns, but it's also slow-paced and glum. It's a fine feel-bad comedy. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Carol Baum  Executive Producer 
Miguel Arteta  Director 
Matthew Greenfield  Producer 
Mike White  Screenwriter 
Kirk D'Amico  Executive Producer 
Philip Von Alvensleben  Executive Producer 
Jennifer Aniston  Actor 
Jake Gyllenhaal  Actor 
John C. Reilly  Actor 
Tim Blake Nelson  Actor 
Zooey Deschanel  Actor 
Mike White  Actor 
Deborah Rush  Actor 
John Carroll Lynch  Actor 
John Doe  Actor 
Jacob Vargas  Actor 

Country: USA