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The Good Girl

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

The Good Girl

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
94 minutes
Limited Release Date:
08/07/02
performer:
Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zooey Deschanel, Tim Blake Nelson, John C. Reilly, Mike White (Director)
director:
Miguel Arteta
distributor:
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author:
Mike White (Director)
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B+

Playing a sad woman trapped in a drab job at the Retail Rodeo and a dreary marriage to a housepainting pothead (John C. Reilly), glamour girl Aniston is surprisingly believable — and surrounded by an equally terrific supporting cast, including Gyllenhaal as the mopey young checkout guy she falls for and Zooey Deschanel as a sarcastic coworker. Despite an unsatisfying ending, Mike White’s script offers funny dialogue, and director Miguel Arteta (who collaborated with White on ”Chuck & Buck”) reinforces the humor as well as the bleakness. It may be a downer, but The Good Girl is a smart little movie with big-time performances.