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Plot, Details & Awards

The Good Girl

Rated R for sexuality, some language and drug content.

R In Theaters 08/30/2002 , 93min.
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Plot & Details

Director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White, who had previously collaborated on Chuck and Buck, turn an eye toward suburban boredom with the quirky comedy The Good Girl. Jennifer Aniston stars as Justine, a woman who is feeling constrained by her life. Her husband, Phil (John C. Reilly), is a house painter who spends the majority of his time smoking marijuana with his friend Bubba (Tim Blake Nelson). Longing for something more in her life, Justine becomes involved with a younger co-worker named Tom (Jake Gyllenhall), but because of his fascination with The Catcher in the Rye, he likes to be called Holden. Her new sense of freedom and release are threatened when a co-worker dies, and when Bubba learns of her infidelity. This film was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Nominated
2002 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Mike White Won
2004 Independent Spirit Awards Producers Award Gina Kwon Won
2002 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actress Jennifer Aniston Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 National Board of Review Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking Won

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