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The Good Girl | 2002 | R | - 7.4.5

Jennifer Aniston stars as a woman suffocating in a small Texas town: she hates her job, comes home to a husband (John C. Reilly) she hates, and is trying to get pregnant but cannot. When she meets a colleague (Jake Gyllenhaal) who appears to be as depressed as she is, they both believe they have found a way out of their desperate lives together. But nothing is easy and desperation leads to robbery, suicide and blackmail. Also with Tim Blake Nelson, Mike White, John Carroll Lynch and Zooey Deschanel. Directed by Miguel Arteta. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A dog pulls a sheet off a man (it was wrapped around him) and we see him fully nude from the front and the back. A man and woman kiss and we see them having sex: we see his bare back as he thrusts rhythmically, we see her bare side and shoulders and hear them moaning. A man and woman have sex: we see the man's bare back as he thrusts rhythmically. A man masturbates: he lies in bed, we see him from the waist up, we hear rhythmic movement and see the rapt expression on his face. A man and woman in a storeroom kiss, caress each other and begin to take off their clothes, in a couple of scenes. A man holds a woman's clothed breast as he masturbates. A man and woman lie in bed together talking (we see their bare shoulders) and they kiss a couple of times. A man and woman kiss and hold each other in a car, and a man and woman kiss in several other scenes. A man puts his hand on a woman's knee and tries to kiss her, and in another scene, a man puts his hand on a woman's knee and she holds his hand. A man talks about having to give a sperm sample. A man and woman sleep in bed together in several scenes. A man takes off some of his clothing and we see him swimming in a pond (we hear a reference to skinny-dipping). A man writes a love note to a woman and she reads it. A woman takes a bath and we see her bare shoulders above the water. A woman wearing a robe rubs lotion on her legs (we see her bare thighs).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We hear TV news reports that a man has killed himself, then we see him lying dead on a bed (no blood is evident). We hear about a woman having died from a parasite or a bacterium. A man hits a woman in the face (we see her with a bruise and scratch on her face). A woman vomits several times (we see the goo and hear her retching). We see a man with a bruised face and his arm in a sling and hear that he was beaten by two men. A man pokes his hand and drops of blood fall onto a piece of paper. A dog barks aggressively at a woman and a man yells at the dog repeatedly. A man punches some boxes in anger, and a man yells on the telephone. People talk about a character in a story committing suicide.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 6 F-words, 3 sexual terms, 5 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 13 religious exclamations, and some name-calling.


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see people drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and marijuana. One character admits that he has a problem with drinking.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Adultery, unhappiness, depression, desperation, disillusionment, suicide, alcoholism, religion, "The Catcher in the Rye," nervous breakdowns, infertility, guilt, fate, secrets, dreams, blackmail, envy.

MESSAGE - You have to understand yourself before you can expect anyone else to understand you.

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