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The Good Girl

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Director: Miguel Arteta
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: January 1, 2002
MPAA Rating: R
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Love, Sex & Gettin' Got @ Yer Local Retail Rodeo! Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal & John C. Reilly

  • May 12, 2009
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You know, reviewer readers, every town from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon has a local store just like this film's great state of Texas' Retail Rodeo featured in this film. Go ahead and call 'em Odd Lots, Big Lots, Dollar General, Family Dollar, or the old fashioned phrase of Five & Dimes, but every town has at least one and usually they employ some strange people to boot. Let me tell ya, there are LOADS of strange characters in "The Good Girl" -  A modern reworking of D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover".

Justine "Teeny" Last, played surprisingly & extraordinarily well by none other than Mrs. Brad Pitt/Jennifer Aniston is a clerk/cashier/cosmetics counter employee at the local Retail Rodeo. Who knew that Jennifer could really act? Not me! For her to break out of the Rachael mold was exciting to watch for I was quite pleased with her performance even though I am not a huge fan of "Friends". The unhappy, trapped in her loveless & babyless marriage, Justine meets the morose Tom Worther, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, the "brandy new" cashier at Retail Rodeo and well... they start up an affair. Tom is his "slave name" as he tells Justine, so he has re-named himself after "The Catcher In The Rye". Justine asks, so your name is "Catcher"? He states, "NO, Holden, from Holden Caulfield, the main character in the book."

Teeny and Holden start meetin' for their lovin' in the back store room of Retail Rodeo, the town's seedy motels, and even Teeny's car, they form a bond and above all else, seem to really understand one another like no one has understood either one of them before in their whole existence. They sweetly refer to it in the film as "Gettin' Got"... Even Justine's pothead housepainter of a husband, Phil Last, played deftly by John C. Reilly (Boogie Nights) never has really "got" Justine. Bubba (Tim Blake Nelson) , Phil's best friend, co-painter & pot smoker in crime and his dog Bits find out about Holden and Justine and then things sure do git interestin'!
Zooey Deschanel from "Almost Famous" has a hilarious part as Cheryl, a smart aleck and edgy store employee, (and writer of "The Good Girl) Mike White (from 2009's Amazing Race 14) as the gospel preachin' Nazarene security guard, "Corney", Deborah Rush as Gwen, and your Retail Rodeo Store Manager, Jack Field is played convincingly by John Carroll Lynch.

This 2002 film is by the critically acclaimed "Chuck & Buck" (another fabulous film) team of writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta. This is one of the most surprising drama/comedies that I have viewed in quite a while, so come on down to your local Retail Rodeo and "Get Got!!!"

Happy Watching, All!!!

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May 28, 2009
I was a huge Friends fan but it was so great to see Jennifer break out and really embrace a totally different character. I also have a thing for movies that make you feel physically uncomfortable- and the sex scene with the dog barking totally did that for me. I love your writing style, Shiela. Keep it up!
May 28, 2009
Thanks for your kind comments. Jennifer really surprised me in this film and also in Office Space. She sure has come along way from her movie debut as Tory Reding in "Leprechaun".
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