The Good Girl
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Director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White, who had previously collaborated on Chuck and Buck, turn an eye toward suburban boredom with the quirky comedy The Good Girl. Jennifer Aniston stars as Justine, a woman who is feeling constrained by her life. Her husband, Phil (John C. Reilly), is a house painter who spends the majority of his time smoking marijuana with his friend Bubba (Tim Blake Nelson). Longing for something more in her life, Justine becomes involved with a younger co-worker named Tom (Jake Gyllenhall), but because of his fascination with The Catcher in the Rye, he likes to be… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A warmly satisfying comedy about dissatisfied people seeking to escape from the personal prison of their mundane lives in soulless suburbia."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"It's soulful and unslick, and that's apparently just what [Aniston] has always needed to grow into a movie career."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Arteta's third feature is good step in the right direction, for him as a disrector and for Jennifer Anniston as an actress"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"After languishing in second-banana roles in such films as Picture Perfect and Rock Star, Ms. Aniston here creates a fully realized character of surprising nuance and depth."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Leaves me craving for the entree."
‑ Mark Sells, Oregon Herald
"I wish I could say I liked it more, but despite a smattering of priceless moments, The Good Girl gets bogged down in the very narrowness that afflicts Justine."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"An absorbing, slice-of-depression life that touches nerves and rings true."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"Jennifer Aniston is excellent in the best movie of her career."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"In the long run, The Good Girl will be remembered more as a chance for Jennifer Aniston to wet her acting chops than for anything else."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"White, who has a knack for imparting a sense of humor to his screenplays, created several minor characters who lighten the Retail Rodeo's claustrophic atmosphere."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Once fans recover from the shock, they'll discover that this sitcom actress has the chops to tackle some pretty heavy stuff."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"White hasn't developed characters so much as caricatures, one-dimensional buffoons that get him a few laughs but nothing else."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"In Miguel Arteta's quirky indie feature, Jennifer Aniston searches for meaning and passion in a swirl of suburban malaise and ironically may have finally found a character who can reveal the shades of her talent."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"Aniston shows promising signs of a post-sitcom career with her convincing and understated dramatic work."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"[Aniston] manages to reveal layers of depth audiences have yet to see from her."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
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