The Good Girl

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Released 2002

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The Good Girl

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Director:
Miguel Arteta
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Justine is thirty years old and works as a discount store clerk in Texas. Deeply unhappy in her marriage to a man who is infertile because of a dope-smoking habit, Justine soon begins an affair with Holden, the store's newly hired cashier and becomes pregnant. Holden, who has serious issues of his own, steals money from the store's safe for the two of them to run away, but the plan is short-lived when it takes a tragic turn for the worse.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The extraordinary quality of White's script and Arteta's direction lifts the meticulously cast actors to the height of their abilities. "Friends" star Aniston digs deep but is neve...

  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    There's more to everyone here than we're initially led to think. The Good Girl is like a neurotically charged post-millennial take on the trailer-park comedies that Jonathan Demme ...

  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    This one comes up short in terms of visual flair. But it delivers amusingly observed characters, consistent laughs underscored by the poignancy of unfulfilled existences and winnin...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Love & Romance, Independent, Romantic Comedy, Dark Comedy