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The Good Girl

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Jennifer Aniston, The Good Girl
The Good Girl: Dale Robinette

The Good Girl

Current Status:
In Season
94 minutes
Limited Release Date:
Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zooey Deschanel, Tim Blake Nelson, John C. Reilly, Mike White (Director)
Miguel Arteta
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Mike White (Director)

We gave it a C

The writing-directing team behind the unsettling ”Chuck & Buck” isn’t the type to tolerate feel-good sitcom behavior. So for Aniston to star in the duo’s new dark comedy, she had to wash that Rachel right out of her hair, transforming into a dowdy, depressed cashier who, bored with her marriage to a pothead housepainter (”Magnolia”’s Reilly), has an affair with a brooding teenager (”Donnie Darko”’s Gyllenhaal). ”[I developed] a dorky walk to go with my character’s relaxed-seat Lee jeans,” says Aniston. ”’Relaxed seat’ is a kind way of saying ?fat ass.”’ Her seat size had to constantly fluctuate, since she shot the film while taping ”Friends” two days a week. ”Thank God I had been doing the show for so long that I know it like the back of my hand,” she says.

The film’s reported $4 million sale at Sundance to Fox Searchlight was a triumph for White, who had unsuccessfully shopped the script for a few years before Arteta made it independently. ”I’d have meetings where people said, ?I love the ‘Good Girl’ script, can you write something like that for us?”’ says White. ”I was like, ?Didn’t we submit this to you?’ ‘Yeah, we don’t want to make it. It’s too depressing and too small, but can you use elements of it?”’ Thankfully, none of the elements involved a pet monkey and a coffee shop.