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Aniston's foray into serious acting
on 16 November 2006
The Good Girl stars Jennifer Aniston as Justine Last, a 30 year old married woman who becomes disillusioned with her dead-end job as a shop assistant, with her pot-head husband Phil (played by John C. Reilly), and with life in general. This disillusionment causes her to embark on a disastrous affair with a co-worker named Holden (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), who is seven years her junior and seems to provide the excitement Justine has been craving. Little does Justine know that Holden has a mental problem which only emerges when he becomes obsessed with Justine when she tries to cool things off a little after her husbands creepy best friend finds out about their affair and blackmails her.
What started off as a no-strings fling for Justine soon escalates into a living nightmare for her when she finds it literally impossible to get rid of Holden which ultimately ends in disaster.
The Good Girl is something different to the run of the mill rom-coms that Jennifer Aniston has made a name for herself in the movie business as playing. She is extremely competent in playing a more serious role and did achieve critical acclaim after this film was released. This has prompted her off late to pursue other serious roles more recently. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the character of Holden extremely well but we have seen him in this sort of role before in Donnie Darko so it's not a complete surprise that he's able to play this sort of character well. There are a few gripes with the film that I'll tell you about. The ending is a real downer so don't watch this if you are in any way expecting a happy ending and even though it's advertised as being funny, it's not. The quote of it being a black comedy I think misrepresents what the film is actually like.
Despite this, The Good Girl is certainly worth a look if only to be pleasantly surprised by Jennifer Aniston's performance alone.
Extras on the DVD include 2 commentaries, an alternate ending (which is near enough the same so the point is of this I don't know), deleted scenes and a gag reel.