Monday, April 5, 2010

The Good Girl

Man, I forgot about this one. I caught it on MGMHD the other night and here I am, just like I was with the Way of the Gun, thinking about it. Again, I remember liking it, but not as much as I do now.

It has a good cast with John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zooey Deschanel, Tim Blake Nelson, and yes Jennifer Aniston. The "and yes" is because I have a sad admission. I like Aniston. In a country where we chew up and spit out our female actors Aniston as had a lengthy career and even after a relationship with a mega male star and that TV show she continues on. I have to admit that I haven't seen (looking at her IMDB here) almost all of her movies. Save for Bruce Almighty and The Good Girl. But you know what? I like those movies. Although, Bruce gets a 'kinda like'.

The good girl is extremely dark. It went out of its way to be dark. It's darker then next Saturday's SYFY B movie premiere. It strives (maybe too hard) to be a real slice of life. Accents are bad, the location is clearly California when it should be Texas, but it works. I love what it is trying to do and Jennifer Aniston holds it together. The movie is a rough ride. Upon seeing it the first time I saw it as a novel way to look at American life. Something that looked at life and took it overboard... But I gotta tell ya, after what I've seen over the past five years... my opinion has changed on what I once though novel and even extreme.

You know, a lot of times you hear about actresses who come from nowhere but it never pans out. They usually DID come from somewhere (famous uncle or something) or they end up have a sex tape, playboy shoot, or the like. Ok, she does have a famous father... ahhh, I see the connection... John Aniston... Air-fing-wolf. It's all coming together for me now. Unfolding for you as I write!! Anyway. She has a quasi famous dad. So I'll move on... If she is guilty of anything, it is hanging around. For a female in the USofA, that is seen just as badly as the other things I've mentioned. Not for me.

Perhaps it has to do with the lack of movies I've seen her in, or the very little time I've spent watching a hollywood show in the evening or that I only saw a handful of sitcom episodes she was in... I don't know. I'm not being a snob here, trust me. I mean, Big Trouble in Little China is in my top movies list (post for another day). We Americans and especially those of my generation, do not have a Judy Dench or Helen Mirren. May I propose, that, when it is all said and done, that Aniston may be that for us. Time will judge the stupidity or foresight of that statement, I suppose.

Um... That said and credibility shot, The Good Girl is a nice movie. Aniston does an excellent job. I like her. There, I said it.

WAIT! I saw Leprechaun too.

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