THE GOOD GIRL

The Bad Movie

Content -4
Quality
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Language        
Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: August 07, 2002

Starring: Jennifer Anniston, John C.
Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tim
Blake Nelson, Mike White,
Deborah Rush, and Zooey
Deschanel

Genre: Comedy/Satire

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 94 mintues

Distributor: Fox Searchlight/20th Cent. Fox

Director: Miguel Arteta

Executive Producer: Kirk D’Amico, Philip von
Alvensleben and Carol Baum

Producer: Matthew Greenfield

Writer: Mike White

Address Comments To:

Lindsay Law, President
Fox Searchlight
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A Division of Fox, Inc.
10201 West Pico Blvd., Bldg. 38
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-4402

Content:

(RoRoRo, AbAbAb, APAP, LLL, SS, NNN, AA, DD, MM) Very strong Romantic worldview with an ultimately negative portrayal of Christians, Texas and small-town American life; at least 13 obscenities, three strong profanities, 10 light profanities, and vomiting; husband slaps wife for cheating on him, man falsely accused of adultery shows up with busted nose at work after being beaten and implied suicide; depicted adultery, depicted masturbation, possible implied voyeurism, and man goes to doctor to get sperm counted; partial nudity and full frontal male nudity when man’s dog pulls bedsheets off him; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and depicted marijuana use; and, woman gets away with lying, Christian man falsely accused of adultery and other miscellaneous immorality such as suicide, revenge and robbery.


Summary:

Jennifer Anniston stars in THE GOOD GIRL as a 30-year-old retail clerk in a small West Texas town who cheats on her pothead, house painting husband because he has become too boring and too stupid for her. MOVIEGUIDE® refuses to recommend this abhorrent movie, which contains graphic sex, nudity, foul language, and a negative portrayal of Christians, men and Southerners from small towns.


Review:

It’s easy to see why the studio did not invite MOVIEGUIDE® to the press screenings for THE GOOD GIRL, a new movie starring Jennifer Anniston of TV’s FRIENDS. Not only does the movie tell a tale of adultery, it also contains a negative portrayal of Christians, Texas and small-town American life.
THE GOOD GIRL tells the story of Justine, a 30-year-old woman who works as a clerk at a discount store in a small West Texas town. Disappointed with her childless marriage to her pothead, house painting husband, Phil, Justine commits adultery with Tom, a 22-year-old clerk at her store who fancies himself a serious writer. Tom prefers to call himself Holden, after the famous juvenile character in the novel CATCHER IN THE RYE.
Eventually, Phil’s best friend, Bubba, finds out about Justine’s affair. Bubba has always admired Phil for landing such a pretty girl as Justine, but now Bubba realizes that his best friend is a clueless idiot. So, Bubba blackmails Justine to fornicate with him. Tom witnesses the act, however, and decides to take measures into his own hands to force Justine to decide to run away with him. Tragedy results.
Other than Justine, all the speaking characters in this attack on small-town American life are relentlessly stupid and dull. One of the stupid characters is a security guard at the store where Justine works, played by Mike White, the writer of this piece. The guard invites Justine and Phil to a Christian Bible study. Justine and Phil almost go one night, when Justine gets pangs of moral conscience, but one of the people at the church turns out to be the motel clerk where she and Tom meet for sex. Eventually, it turns out that the Christian guard at her store has been secretly watching Justine and Tom make love in the storeroom in the back. Justine gets her revenge on this Christian voyeur at the end of the story, however.
Christians, not to mention people from West Texas, should sue the filmmakers of THE GOOD GIRL for defamation of character. One critic claimed about this movie that writer Mike Clark and director Miguel Arteta, who also teamed up for the despicable homosexual movie CHUCK & BUCK, treat their characters with “compassion rather than contempt.” If this is compassionate treatment, then Osama bin Laden is just an annoyed Arab. Clearly, White and Arteta think all Christians are a bunch of nincompoops. They also apparently think that depictions of sexual intercourse, masturbation and full male nudity are no big deal.
Beyond that, however, the point of their story gets lost in the telling. Although Justine is finally forced to admit her adultery and seems to repair her relationship with Phil, her actions result in one suicide. She also commits another lie that gets another man in trouble. Justine is never punished for all these sins. Furthermore, the boredom and frustration that started her down the road to perdition are not really resolved at the end. Thus, the premise of THE GOOD GIRL remains unclear. What’s left is the message that all Christians and all men are fools, especially if they come from a small town in West Texas.
Instead of trying to improve the people around her, Justine just suffers them in silence. Jesus Christ tells us, however, not to hide our light under a bushel. If the people around us are not edifying, then it is we who must patiently edify them.


In Brief:

THE GOOD GIRL tells the story of Justine, a 30-year-old woman working as a clerk at a discount store in a small West Texas town. Disappointed with her childless marriage to her pothead, house painting husband, Phil, Justine commits adultery with Tom, a 22-year-old clerk at her store who fancies himself a serious writer. Eventually, Phil’s best friend, Bubba, finds out about Justine’s affair. Bubba has always admired Phil for landing such a pretty girl, but now Bubba realizes that his best friend is clueless. So, Bubba blackmails Justine to fornicate with him. Tom witnesses the act, however, and decides to take measures into his own hands to force Justine to run away with him. Tragedy results.
Rated R for sex, nudity and language, THE GOOD GIRL contains a negative portrayal of Christians and small-town Southern life. Other than Justine, all the speaking characters are relentlessly stupid and dull. One dumb character is a security guard who invites Justine and her husband to a Christian Bible study. Eventually, it turns out that the Christian guard has been secretly watching Justine and Tom make love in the back storeroom. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® refuses to recommend this abhorrent movie