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The Good Girl
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Directed By
Miguel Arteta

Written By:
Mike White

Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson, Zooey Deschanel, Mike White, Deborah Rush, John Carroll Lynch

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The Good Girl (2002)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 27th, 2007

I said, Thank you very much...

As ugly as this story gets, I can relate to it. I'm not sure if that means that I've lived an ugly life or if I'm just simpathetic to horrible things, but it remains that I can understand what is going on in Justine's head.

THE GOOD GIRL was the film where everyone said that Anniston did a great job at acting. She's good, but the movie does better with the performances by Gyllenhaal, Deschanel, Reily and Nelson. There are two seasoned character actors there and two who will be famous for doing just that for years to come. Gyllenhaal might be considered a heartthrob, but at his core he just knows how to act. He can pull off any role but he is especially good at playing the bizarre troubled youth (as he did in DONNIE DARKO).

Where most people started to hate this movie was when Anniston goes against not only her husband but against the guy that she's cheating on him with. That scene tends to make everyone hate her and stop feeling as if they can relate to her. Personally, I know what it's like to be at a point where you'd rather do something ugly than have to deal with the other crap that will happen if you don't. Avoidance can be a beautiful thing.

Even if you're not into dark comedies this is still a movie to check out so that you can compare what goes on in the other wanna-be melancholy indies that float around. This is how you do it and this is how you do it right.

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