Justine Last (Jennifer Aniston) is a genuine, down-to-earth good girl whose humdrum existence revolves around her clueless husband (John C. Reilly), his brainless buddy (Tim Blake Nelson) and her pointless job at the Retail Rodeo. But a passionate young co-worker named Holden (Jake Gyllenhaal) seems determined to fill Justine's life with all that she's been missing: love, laughter and larceny!
Dissapionting and lacking any depth
- The Good Girl review by Shatner's Bassoon
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The Good Girl is a typical example of the latest trend of major Hollywood studios trying to do ‘low-key indie’ genre cinema… and failing miserably. Whether it’s lack of direction, or simply lack of acting ability, the biggest problem with this movie lies with its two main stars Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal as the mentally unbalanced Holden/Tom overacts his character so badly it's sometimes embarrassing to watch. Aniston on the other hand is just not up to the job. You have to give her credit for trying to something different, but she fails to bring any depth to the character of Justine, and instead you get a sense that she’s just playing a slightly depressed version of Rachel Green from Friends with a southern accent. And starring in a movie alongside good quality actors such as John C. Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson and the superb Zooey Deschanel only highlights Aniston’s one dimensional acting ability. As far as the storyline is concerned, sure, ‘The Good Girl’ doesn’t have the most exciting plot or character dialogue, but hey, most of the best indie movies never do. What makes a low-key indie movie stand out is quality acting and the viewer feeling a sense of connection with the characters on screen. ‘The Good Girl’ however, fails on both counts.