Review Date: September 07, 2002
Director: Miguel Arteta
Writer: Mike White
Producers: Matthew Greenfield
Jennifer Aniston as Justine Last
Jake Gyllenhaal as Holden Worther
John C. Reilly as Phil Last
Unfortunately, things got a little too ambiguous during the film's second half (why does she keep lying until the very end?), and even though I was still quite involved all the way through, I really didn't like how Gyllenhaal's character was, in my opinion, deserted and also didn't get much out of the film's ending, which almost made it feel like Aniston's character hadn't really learned all that much. The movie was entertaining though, and I especially enjoyed all of the secondary characters, many of whom were a lot of fun. Tim Blake Nelson was particularly hilarious as the best buddy, and John C. Reilly, amusing as usual (keep smoking that pot, buddy!) The folks in the retail store were also very good, including Zooey Deschannel who played the sardonic "rebel chick" as well as could be asked and Mike King, quite believable and downright creepy as the Christian security guard (the man also wrote the screenplay to this movie). The scenes with Gyllenhaal's parents were also a hoot and one particular sequence of John C. Reilly holding on to one of Aniston's boobs while trying to masturbate, was as memorable a scene as they come (and yes, you're goddamn right there was pun intended in that last line!) Yes, things started to feel a little redundant after a while and the ending wasn't really all that powerful, but there's plenty of goodness to enjoy in this film, especially if you appreciate the "darker" romance tales as I do. Not a complete success but enchanting performances and one especially superior showing by Aniston make it a decent watch. I also love how she changed her way of walking for the movie...very erect, very numb. Husband Bradley must've given her some pointers on that...rock 'n roll!