The Good Girl

• Tagline: It’s her last best chance… is she going to take it?
• Director: Miguel Arteta
• Writer: Mike White
• Release Date: 12 January 2002 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexuality, some language and drug content.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
• Runtime: 93 min
• Box Office #’s: Here

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he’s Holden Caulfield.

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Also Starring

• Jennifer Aniston … Justine Last
• Deborah Rush … Gwen Jackson
• Mike White … Corny
• John Carroll Lynch … Jack Field, Your Store Manager
• Zooey Deschanel … Cheryl
• John C. Reilly … Phil Last
• Tim Blake Nelson … Bubba
• Jacquie Barnbrook … Heavy Set Woman
• Annie O’Donnell … Haggard Woman
• John Doe … Mr. Worther
• Roxanne Hart … Mrs. Worther
• Jon Shere … Lester (as Jonathan Shere)
• Alice Amter … Big Haired Woman
• Jean Rhodes … Old Woman


  • The cartoon Phil and Bubba were watching on the television when Justine comes home is “Happy Tree Friends” (2006).
  • The Texas flag in Bubba’s apartment is upside down.
  • To make Jennifer Aniston look more worn down, Miguel Arteta made her wear wrist weights for several weeks prior to filming, she also wore them during some of the scenes.
  • According to Jennifer Aniston, from the first draft of the script to the shooting almost no changes were made.
  • Holden is named after a J.D. Salinger character. Zooey Deschanel, who plays Cheryl in this film, was herself named after a J.D.Salinger character.
  • The film was shot in 33 days, often with six scenes being shot a day.


Justine: Holden – calm down! Alright?
Holden: I can’t calm down! Easy if I was a hooker like you then I’d calm down all over town!

Justine: What are we doing here?
Holden: Makin’ one outta two.

Holden: I’m staring to think… That you don’t get me.
Justine: MAYBE I *don’t* get you.

Justine: Whatcha readin’?
Holden: Catcher in the Rye… I’m named after it.
Justine: What’s your name?
[Holden stares at her blankly]
Justine: Catcher?

Holden: You’re a hooker, you hooker.

Holden: You know, sometimes I think to myself: At least it can’t get any worse. But it can! It can get worse! As long as you can say you hit rock bottom, you haven’t.

Holden: If I could only get my hands on some money. If someone could just tell me the answer. I gotta do! But I don’t ever do anything ‘cos I end up thinking about it instead. I gotta do! But do what?

Holden: [in a letter to Justine] Dear Justine, because of you I will be quitting the Retail Rodeo. The last two days have been the most God awful of my life. I’ve not been able to get rid of you in my head. I’ve never wanted anything so bad and I have wanted many things. I’d given up long ago on being gotten by someone else, and then you came along. The idea that I could be gotten because of circumstantial never get got is the worst feeling I’ve ever felt and I have felt many bad feelings. I’m sorry I can never see you again, Justine. Forgive me for being so weak, but that is who I am. Goodbye. Holden Worther. If, for some reason, you could change your mind and wanna be with me body and soul, meet me after work. I will be waiting for you at 5pm outside Chunky Cheese. If you are not there at five you will never see me again in your lifetime.