Best & Worst: Friends Movies
The Good Girl (2002)
The Friend: Jennifer Aniston
The Movie: Aniston makes good by pairing up with influential indie director Miguel Arteta - and in an instant we’ve forgotten all about the romcom fluff she’s been pedalling since the mid ‘90s. Barely cracking a smile, her ‘Rachel hair’ is scraped back into unforgiving ponytails as Aniston breathes snarky misery into supermarket worker Justine.
Married to the doltish Phil (John C Reilly), Justine’s bored. Bored at home. Bored at work. Then she meets passionate young checkout boy Holden (Jake Gyllenhaal), and trips into a fiery affair.
Easily Aniston’s most accomplished screen performance, Good Girl finds the actress being bold and daring for the first time. Outside of her comfort zone, she’s electric as Justine – frumpy, miserable and borderline unlikeable. Ironically, it makes us like Aniston all the more…