Good Girl

Good Girl

Director: Miguel Arteta Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly

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Overview

Who knows why a movie, even a small independent one, with a big star and generally good buzz from the critics, did so little box office. Home video might just be the place for this little film to get noticed. As for the DVD, credit goes to Fox for including both 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame transfers, but it's amazing that the image from a major studio is so substandard. Granted, the film's low budget could be part of the problem, but not all elements of the visual image are faulty. The prime problem is the blacks, which have more of a blue look, and no density at all. Colors are generally realistic, but the darker parts of the picture simply look bad. In this day and age when transfers are looking photo realistic, this one just doesn't stand up. The sound, which is a 5.1 English Dolby Digital track, is certainly good enough for a smaller, independent film. In other words, don't expect too much. Dialogue is clear, which is all important. The lack of any surrounds really isn't a surprise, and certainly doesn't hurt the overall DVD experience. Making up for the horrendous transfer are some decent supplemental features. On both sides of this disc are commentaries from director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White and one from actress Jennifer Aniston. Neither tracks are all that impressive, especially Aniston's as she only shows up now and then throughout the film. On the widescreen side are nine deleted scenes with optional commentary from Arteta and White and a slightly different ending montage, while on the full-frame side is a gag reel that is quite funny. Missing is the standard theatrical trailer, but otherwise, not too bad of a package.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/07/2003
UPC: 0024543060222
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Fox Searchlight
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 26,709

Special Features

Closed Caption; Scene-specific commentary by Jennifer Aniston; Full-length audio commentary by director Miguel Arteta and writer/actor Mike White; 9 Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Gag reel; Alternate ending montage

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Aniston Justine Last
Jake Gyllenhaal Tom 'Holden' Worther
John C. Reilly Phil Last
Tim Blake Nelson Bubba
Zooey Deschanel Cheryl
Mike White Corny
Deborah Rush Gwen Jackson
John Carroll Lynch Jack Field
John Doe Actor
Jacob Vargas Actor

Technical Credits
Miguel Arteta Director
Philip Von Alvensleben Executive Producer
Carol Baum Executive Producer
Jeff Betancourt Editor
Linda Brachman Asst. Director
Dan Bradford Production Designer
Enrique Chediak Cinematographer
Joanna Colbert Casting
Kirk D'Amico Executive Producer
Susan J. Emshwiller Set Decoration/Design
Shelly Glasser Co-producer
Matthew Greenfield Producer
Gina Kwon Co-producer
Yehuda Maayan Sound/Sound Designer
Nancy Steiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Macie Vener Art Director
Mike White Screenwriter
Margaret Yen Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side A Widescreen
1. Planning to Escape (Main Titles)
2. Stoned Again
3. Holden
4. I Hate Everybody
5. Tom's Room
6. A Glimpse of the Light
7. The Letter
8. Justine's Choice
9. Lovers
10. Holden's Stories
11. Passed Away
12. A Hateful Girl
13. Taking A Breather
14. I Saw You
15. Bible Study
16. Bubba's Chance
17. Holden's Anguish
18. At the Sperm Doctor's
19. Rock Bottom
20. Pregnant
21. The Robbery
22. Nothing to Lose
23. The Doctor's Report
24. A Good Girl
25. Who's Sorry Now?
26. Sleeping Around
27. A Story About A Girl
28. End Titles
Side #2 -- Side B Fullscreen
1. Planning to Escape (Main Titles)
2. Stoned Again
3. Holden
4. I Hate Everybody
5. Tom's Room
6. A Glimpse of the Light
7. The Letter
8. Justine's Choice
9. Lovers
10. Holden's Stories
11. Passed Away
12. A Hateful Girl
13. Taking A Breather
14. I Saw You
15. Bible Study
16. Bubba's Chance
17. Holden's Anguish
18. At the Sperm Doctor's
19. Rock Bottom
20. Pregnant
21. The Robbery
22. Nothing to Lose
23. The Doctor's Report
24. A Good Girl
25. Who's Sorry Now?
26. Sleeping Around
27. A Story About A Girl
28. End Titles

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Good Girl 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The good girl is one of those movies that you either love or hate, in my opinion. I personally loved it, and thought that it was touching and emotional. I'll admit that its not a comedy, but the dramatic aspects of it are beautiful, life-like, and definately worthwhile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Good Girl was a very outstanding movie. The ending was very twisted..just the way I like them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was not only horrible, but it had no story line. I definitely would not recommend this movie. This had to be the worst movie I ever saw!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm usually real cynical of a lot of movies, but I genuinely like and recommend this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movies is not only terrible but is being falsely advertised. It said it was a comedy on the box. Now if suicide, adultery, death, angst, depression and lieing are comical then I guess it is a comedy. Dont waste your money and time on this rubbish
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is beautifully acted and directed. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a phenominal part as a demented check-out clerk who saves Jennifer Aniston's character from her horrible life. But all goes wrong when her husbands sidekick catches her in the throws of passion with Holden(Jake Gyllenhaal). I enjoyed this movie because you could really feel the heart-ache and passion. I felt what they were feeling and you will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was the BEST movie that I've ever seen, and i usually hate movies. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to shut their mouths.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie captures the absurdism of a woman trapped by society. Jennifer Aniston is incredible as Justine who tries to escape from the life she needs. I cannot stop watching this movie! With every time I see it I love it more. Listen to the the monologues at the beginning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One word. Horrible! I hated this film. The only highlight was John C. Riley in my opinion in his portrayal of Jennifer's loser painter husband.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The classification of 'Good Girl' into comedy was grossly incorrect. This movie for me was the opposite of a comedy as I felt horrible through out the movie. The only thing that saved it and made me finish watching it was the acting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this movie would be as funny as orange county , but it was so sad1!!!! Gees jake gyllenhaal is sexy in this movie so that is why i rented i ( but all in all i rated it 2 stars because of Jake!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry to all that enjoyed this flick, but in my personal opinion: IT SUCKED! It had no storyline, terrible lines, and this DEFINATELY was not a comedy. Everything becomes more and more depressing, and whenever you think something funny is going to happen, it doesn't. Jennifer Aniston is valued as a very talented actress in my book, but I know she can do better. Please, do not buy this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great film. It is beautifully acted by everyone, especially Aniston, who is unrecognizable to those of us who are fans of Rachel Greene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am choosing to write this online review in response to a few people who took issue with the fact that the film is labled as a ''comedy'' on the box, but did not find it comedic. There is a genre of films called ''black comedy''. And, that is the genre in which this film fits. This is a film that finds the humor is otherwise dark situations (as so often we all do in life) and requires a mind that appreciates wit, rather than toilet humor comedy. The actors in this film, including Jennifer Aniston, John C. Reilly, and Jake Gyllenhaal portrayed their character very well, bringing to life the emotional turmoil AND humor that this film needed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't too sure I would like this movie but I DID! I hardly would catagorize this as being even a LITTLE BIT of a 'comedy' but after a few viewings, I was able to find some of the intended 'humor' in the dialogue. Jennifer Aniston was great, EVERYONE was perfectly cast. I LOVED the music and it's a sorry shame there is no soundtrack available.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was nothing that I expected it to be. It said it was a comedy on the box, but it wasn't... but also, the plot line was predictable. Aside from those notes, the entire cast was perfectly picked, especially Aniston was GREAT in her role... overall I liked this movie and would recommend it to others.
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