Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson and Zooey
Out to buy on DVD 12th May
Justine (Aniston) felt like she was trapped in her life. She has a husband
Phil (Reilly) who takes her for granted, spending most of his spare time smoking
joints with his friend Bubba (Blake Nelson) and a job at the Retail Rodeo
where she hated working on the cosmetic counter and everyone who works there.
This all changes when a new, young checkout assistant called Holden (Gyllenhaal)
starts at the store. Intrigued by his brooding looks and that he is always
reading or writing something, Justine is drawn to him and as the two talk
she thinks that someone finally gets her.
Jennifer Aniston is probably the most talented of the Friends
cast, but with the exception of "She's the one" she has opted for unchallenging
romantic comedies where he is just playing Rachel on the big screen.
The Good Girl changes all this. Her character in this movie
is as far away from the bubbly New Yorker as she could get. Her portrayal
of a downtrodden Texan retail assistant who's life is grinding to a halt is
a turning point in her career, proving that she can go on to bigger and better
things after her TV commitments have finished. Aniston is in nearly every
scene, as well as narrating her character's feelings and she copes with this
marvellously, drawing you into Justine's life.
After a blistering debut in "Donnie Darko", Jake Gyllenhaal
proves again that he is an actor to watch. His portrayal of Holden is heartfelt
and very believable. You could almost believe that he was this misunderstood
in real life, as he conveys emotion turmoil of the character extremely well.
With support from the always excellent John C. Reilly and Tim
Blake Nelson plus a hilarious scene stealing performance from Zooey Deschanel.
Her makeup techniques, customer interaction and P.A. announcements are classic.
These performances would be nothing without an excellent script
and screenwriter Mike White has delivered a very funny and touching look at
working class America. The characters he has created are very real and anyone
who has ever worked in a retail environment will emphasize with Justine's
complete lack of enthusiasm for the job.
The Good Girl will be seen as Jennifer Aniston's big screen
breakthrough but it is much more than that. It is very funny and touching
movie, with great performances from an excellent ensemble cast, fantastic
direction from Miguel Arteta and a script that draws you into the characters
Audio commentary by director Miguel Arteta
and writer/actor Mike White, Scene specific audio commentary by Jennifer Aniston,
Alternate ending montage, Out-takes, Deleted scenes with optional commentary,
Scene selection & Interactive menus
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