The Good Girl

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(out of 5)

 plays a bored retail clerk living in Nowheresville, Texas whose life is spiced up when she meets moody Holden (), another clerk at her store. After years of going home to her mundane husband (), who spends most of his time smoking pot with his housepainting co-worker and buddy (), Holden’s youth and vitality give her something new to look forward to. Unfortunately, it isn’t until after she begins an affair with him that she realizes that the life she has hated for so long is starting to look good now that it is being threatened; Holden’s inability to stay emotionally even is also not impressing her too much. America’s Heartland is ripped wide open by Chris White’s brilliant screenplay and Miguel Arteta’s mature direction, though they pale in comparison to the marvelous work done by Aniston.  She finds an incredible wealth of emotion at the centre of this woman’s dry life, and she serves it up wholeheartedly for her audience.

USA/Germany/The Netherlands, 2002

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National Board Of Review Award
Special Recognition, for excellence in filmmaking

Independent Spirit Award
Producers Award

Independent Spirit Award
Best Screenplay

Best Feature
Best Female Lead (Jennifer Aniston)
Best Supporting Male (John C. Reilly)

Boston Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actor (John C. Reilly)



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