The Good Girl

  • 93'
  • USA
  • 2002
Just like Arteta's morbid début comedy Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl was written by Mike White. The good girl from the title of this captivating tragi-comedy is Justine (Aniston, 30). At home, her marriage has reached a critical phase. Her husband (Reilly) is an amiable house painter who smokes a little too much marijuana. Possibly as a result, the desire for children has not yet been realised. At her work, in the make-up department of Rodeo Retail, a lower-class department store, she is surrounded by a fine selection of colleagues, from a security man well versed in the scriptures to a girlfriend who enjoys making slightly confusing announcements over the tannoy system. Then the young Holden (Gyllenhaal) arrives and starts flirting with Justine. He too suffers from loneliness and sombre moods and dreams of fleeing the small town in West Texas with Justine. Justine's juggling with her passions, frustrations and humanity leads to a series of dramatic events.Friends star Aniston, not the first person one would normally envisage as a chronically dissatisfied check-out girl, succeeds in subtly expressing the doubts and uncertainties of Justine with a look or a grimace. Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) again makes an impression by evoking both sympathy and irritation.
Director
Miguel Arteta
Countries of production
USA, Germany, Netherlands
Year
2002
Festival Edition
IFFR 2003
Length
93'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Myriad Pictures, Matthew Greenfield
Sales
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Screenplay
Mike White
Cast
Tim Blake Nelson
Local Distributor
Independent Films Nederland
Director
Miguel Arteta
Countries of production
USA, Germany, Netherlands
Year
2002
Festival Edition
IFFR 2003
Length
93'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Myriad Pictures, Matthew Greenfield
Sales
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Screenplay
Mike White
Cast
Tim Blake Nelson
Local Distributor
Independent Films Nederland