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SAMENESS: “After living in the dark for so long, a glimpse of the light can make you giddy.”

Movie quote from: The Good Girl (2002) - Justine Last (Jennifer Aniston)

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Justine Last (Jennifer Aniston) works a mundane job at the Retail Rodeo.  She goes home each night to her stoned couch potato husband and follows the same routines, deadened by the unending repetitiveness of her days.  Justine feels confined by her obligations, gathering meaning from nothing day-to-day.  This makes for an explosive situation in the film The Good Girl, especially when her comfortably numb existence gets a glimpse of her untouched emotions.

Sameness gives us comfort and a sense of stability in a constantly changing world.  Doing the same thing in the same places with the same people assures there is some likelihood that our days will be, well, the same.

However, the human spirit was not meant to exist in sameness.  Our vitality eats us up inside if we do not proactively use it to continuously construct a life of meaning.  This is the great tragedy of sameness, it can literally consume us. 

In the film, Justine’s life is changed when she meets Holden Worther (Jake Gyllenhaal), a troubled youth who sees her as his soulmate in personal angst.  She explodes into his life, becoming the opposite of the good girl she has always known herself to be.  Unfortunately, new feelings inevitably become old over time.  Justine finds herself in a more complex routine that makes her old life look a lot more rosy. 

The Good Girl is a film about the difference between what our life is and what it could be.  Many of us accept routine because we lack the courage to pursue our own interests.  It is sameness that causes people to suddenly seek color in their gray days.  But bursts of emotions cannot be sustained.  The only true pathway to an exhilarating life is to proactively pursue what matters.  Although it is a tougher road, it’s the only one that certainly won't be the same.

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