Good Girl

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Overview

Who knows why a movie, even a small independent one, with a big star and generally good buzz from the critics, did so little box office. Home video might just be the place for this little film to get noticed. As for the DVD, credit goes to Fox for including both 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame transfers, but it's amazing that the image from a major studio is so substandard. Granted, the film's low budget could be part of the problem, but not all elements of the visual image are faulty. The prime problem is the ...
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Overview

Who knows why a movie, even a small independent one, with a big star and generally good buzz from the critics, did so little box office. Home video might just be the place for this little film to get noticed. As for the DVD, credit goes to Fox for including both 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame transfers, but it's amazing that the image from a major studio is so substandard. Granted, the film's low budget could be part of the problem, but not all elements of the visual image are faulty. The prime problem is the blacks, which have more of a blue look, and no density at all. Colors are generally realistic, but the darker parts of the picture simply look bad. In this day and age when transfers are looking photo realistic, this one just doesn't stand up. The sound, which is a 5.1 English Dolby Digital track, is certainly good enough for a smaller, independent film. In other words, don't expect too much. Dialogue is clear, which is all important. The lack of any surrounds really isn't a surprise, and certainly doesn't hurt the overall DVD experience. Making up for the horrendous transfer are some decent supplemental features. On both sides of this disc are commentaries from director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White and one from actress Jennifer Aniston. Neither tracks are all that impressive, especially Aniston's as she only shows up now and then throughout the film. On the widescreen side are nine deleted scenes with optional commentary from Arteta and White and a slightly different ending montage, while on the full-frame side is a gag reel that is quite funny. Missing is the standard theatrical trailer, but otherwise, not too bad of a package.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 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
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Peter Marchand
With her emotional, understated turn in this independent gem, Jennifer Aniston proves that she will survive in Hollywood after Friends goes the way of all old sitcoms. Under-appreciated in Office Space and She’s the One, Aniston quietly shines in The Good Girl as Justine Last, a relatively dowdy small-town Texas girl toiling through days as a clerk at a poor man’s K-Mart called "Retail Rodeo" and enduring nights with her stoned house-painter husband John C. Reilly. Justine embodies the plight of countless faceless people who see no way out of suffocating circumstances. That is, until she meets the new checkout guy, Holden an unsettling Jake Gyllenhaal, a Catcher in the Rye-obsessed college dropout who fancies himself a misunderstood writer. Their ensuing affair takes them from stock room to sleazy hotel, where they are caught by her husband’s dim-bulb best friend, Bubba Tim Blake Nelson, whose bizarre brand of blackmail sets off a chain of surprisingly life-changing events. Director Miguel Arteta deftly captures the rhythms, voices and absurdities of everyday life to poignant effect. He elicits humor as well as heartbreaking despair from both the leads and various quirky side characters. Mike White, who also wrote the script and teamed with Arteta on the offbeat Chuck and Buck, gets laughs as a Bible-bandying security guard, for instance. Zooey Deschanel, as Rodeo co-worker Cheryl, is absolutely hilarious, insulting customers over the P.A. system and turning her unwitting makeover clients into virtual clowns. Ultimately, though, this is Aniston’s show: Her vulnerability is tangible as Justine weighs the complexities of her situation.
All Movie Guide - 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.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2 Aniston has at last decisively broken with her Friends image in an independent film of satiric fire and emotional turmoil.
Hollywood Reporter
An absorbing, slice-of-depression life that touches nerves and rings true.
San Francisco Chronicle
A smart, arch and rather cold-blooded comedy.

1/2 Aniston has at last decisively broken with her Friends image in an independent film of satiric fire and emotional turmoil.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/7/2003
  • UPC: 024543060222
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,906

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Aniston Justine Last
Jake Gyllenhaal Tom 'Holden' Worther
John C. Reilly Phil Last
Tim Blake Nelson Bubba
Zooey Deschanel Cheryl
Mike White Corny
Deborah Rush Gwen Jackson
John Carroll Lynch Jack Field
John Doe
Jacob Vargas
Technical Credits
Miguel Arteta Director
Philip Von Alvensleben Executive Producer
Carol Baum Executive Producer
Jeff Betancourt Editor
Linda Brachman Asst. Director
Dan Bradford Production Designer
Enrique Chediak Cinematographer
Joanna Colbert Casting
Kirk D'Amico Executive Producer
Susan J. Emshwiller Set Decoration/Design
Shelly Glasser Co-producer
Matthew Greenfield Producer
Gina Kwon Co-producer
Yehuda Maayan Sound/Sound Designer
Nancy Steiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Macie Vener Art Director
Mike White Screenwriter
Margaret Yen Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

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
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Menu

Side #1 -- Side A Widescreen
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      Commentary By Director Miguel Arteta And Writer/Actor Mike White
      Commentary By Jennifer Aniston
   Captions & Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Number Crunches With Optional Commentary By Miguel Arteta: On/Off
         Free Money With Optional Commentary By Miguel Arteta: On/Off
         Ouch With Optional Commentary By Miguel Arteta: On/Off
         Can We Go Tomorrow? With Optional Commentary By Miguel Arteta: On/Off
         You Can Do It, Holden With Optional Commentary By Miguel Arteta: On/Off
         Jack Fields Is My Enemy With Optional Commentary By Miguel Arteta: On/Off
         Hatching A Plan With Optional Commentary By Miguel Arteta: On/Off
         Señor Tuna With Optional Commentary By Miguel Arteta: On/Off
         It Was Him With Optional Commentary By Miguel Arteta: On/Off
         Play All With Optional Commentary By Miguel Arteta: On/Off
      Alternate Ending Montage
      Commentary By Director Miguel Arteta And Writer/Actor Mike White: On
      Commentary By Director Miguel Arteta And Writer/Actor Mike White: Off
      Commentary By Jennifer Aniston
Side #2 -- Side B Fullscreen
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      Commentary By Director Miguel Arteta And Writer/Actor Mike White
      Commentary By Jennifer Aniston
   Captions & Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Gag Reel
      Commentary By Director Miguel Arteta And Writer/Actor Mike White: On
      Commentary By Director Miguel Arteta And Writer/Actor Mike White: Off
      Commentary By Jennifer Aniston
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Bad Girl

    I think Good Girl was a very outstanding movie. The ending was very twisted..just the way I like them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    The good girl is one of those movies that you either love or hate, in my opinion. I personally loved it, and thought that it was touching and emotional. I'll admit that its not a comedy, but the dramatic aspects of it are beautiful, life-like, and definately worthwhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow??

    i thought this movie would be as funny as orange county , but it was so sad1!!!! Gees jake gyllenhaal is sexy in this movie so that is why i rented i ( but all in all i rated it 2 stars because of Jake!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definately worth watching...

    I wasn't too sure I would like this movie but I DID! I hardly would catagorize this as being even a LITTLE BIT of a 'comedy' but after a few viewings, I was able to find some of the intended 'humor' in the dialogue. Jennifer Aniston was great, EVERYONE was perfectly cast. I LOVED the music and it's a sorry shame there is no soundtrack available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It took two tries to get through it...

    The classification of 'Good Girl' into comedy was grossly incorrect. This movie for me was the opposite of a comedy as I felt horrible through out the movie. The only thing that saved it and made me finish watching it was the acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worst Movie EVER Made

    Sorry to all that enjoyed this flick, but in my personal opinion: IT SUCKED! It had no storyline, terrible lines, and this DEFINATELY was not a comedy. Everything becomes more and more depressing, and whenever you think something funny is going to happen, it doesn't. Jennifer Aniston is valued as a very talented actress in my book, but I know she can do better. Please, do not buy this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Well Acted

    I am choosing to write this online review in response to a few people who took issue with the fact that the film is labled as a ''comedy'' on the box, but did not find it comedic. There is a genre of films called ''black comedy''. And, that is the genre in which this film fits. This is a film that finds the humor is otherwise dark situations (as so often we all do in life) and requires a mind that appreciates wit, rather than toilet humor comedy. The actors in this film, including Jennifer Aniston, John C. Reilly, and Jake Gyllenhaal portrayed their character very well, bringing to life the emotional turmoil AND humor that this film needed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    This movie captures the absurdism of a woman trapped by society. Jennifer Aniston is incredible as Justine who tries to escape from the life she needs. I cannot stop watching this movie! With every time I see it I love it more. Listen to the the monologues at the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE IVE EVER SEEN

    I thought this was the BEST movie that I've ever seen, and i usually hate movies. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to shut their mouths.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not what I thought it'd be

    This movie was nothing that I expected it to be. It said it was a comedy on the box, but it wasn't... but also, the plot line was predictable. Aside from those notes, the entire cast was perfectly picked, especially Aniston was GREAT in her role... overall I liked this movie and would recommend it to others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I hope it gets better

    This movie was not only horrible, but it had no story line. I definitely would not recommend this movie. This had to be the worst movie I ever saw!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I want my money back

    This movies is not only terrible but is being falsely advertised. It said it was a comedy on the box. Now if suicide, adultery, death, angst, depression and lieing are comical then I guess it is a comedy. Dont waste your money and time on this rubbish

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous!

    I'm usually real cynical of a lot of movies, but I genuinely like and recommend this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Best feel weird movie of the year''

    This is a great film. It is beautifully acted by everyone, especially Aniston, who is unrecognizable to those of us who are fans of Rachel Greene.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boring!

    One word. Horrible! I hated this film. The only highlight was John C. Riley in my opinion in his portrayal of Jennifer's loser painter husband.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Good Girl Isn't Too Bad

    This movie is beautifully acted and directed. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a phenominal part as a demented check-out clerk who saves Jennifer Aniston's character from her horrible life. But all goes wrong when her husbands sidekick catches her in the throws of passion with Holden(Jake Gyllenhaal). I enjoyed this movie because you could really feel the heart-ache and passion. I felt what they were feeling and you will too.

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