The Good Girl 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… The Good Girl 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…
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The Good Girl (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
Jennifer Aniston, The Good Girl | 'GIRL' INTERUPTED Aniston's desire to be ''Good'' affected her at work
Image credit: The Good Girl: Dale Robinette
'GIRL' INTERUPTED Aniston's desire to be ''Good'' affected her at work
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 07, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Comedy; With: Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal; 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 Jan 10, 2003 Published in issue #690 Jan 10, 2003 Order article reprints