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The Good GirlPlaying 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...The Good GirlComedyPT94MRPlaying 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...2003-01-10Zooey DeschanelTim Blake NelsonJohn C. ReillyMike White (Director)Zooey Deschanel, Tim Blake Nelson, John C. Reilly, Mike White (Director)Fox Searchlight Pictures
Jennifer Aniston, The Good Girl

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The Good Girl

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zooey Deschanel, Tim Blake Nelson, John C. Reilly, Mike White (Director); Director: Miguel Arteta; Author: Mike White (Director); Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

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.

Originally posted January 10 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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