"In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is a sign of perfection." - Curnonsky

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Dinner & A DVD: The Good Girl

It's grilling season in Michigan. This marinade was for seafood, but it's wonderful with chicken too. It adds mild lemon zing and keeps the meat moist and tender.

Moist Lemon Chicken

3/4 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
Dried minced onion
Dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
Dill seed
Curry powder
Chicken (I used boneless chicken breasts)

In a large resealable bag, combine the first 10 ingredients. Add chicken and turn to coat. Drain, discarding marinade. Grill chicken until juices run clear, turning several times.

Featured Attraction: The Good Girl

'The Good Girl' is a sad comedy starring Jennifer Aniston as Justine. She works at Retail Rodeo where she is very unhappy. When she comes home she finds her husband Phil (John C. Reilly) stoned on the couch with his best friend Bubba (Tim Blake Nelson) night after night.

It is not very strange she is attracted to Holden (Jake Gyllenhaal) the new kid who comes to work at Retail Rodeo. He is even more depressed than she is, he reads The Catcher in the Rye and has named himself after that book. What she doesn't know is that he is also a deeply troubled young man. She finds that out soon enough as his part of the relationship becomes overly possessive, and the secret relationship begins to become public.

A thing that surprised me was the great acting. John C. Reilly,('Gangs of New York', 'Chicago' 'The Hours', 'Talladega Nights'), is great as the husband, Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain) terrific as the disturbed kid and most of all Jennifer Aniston is superb as Justine. Here she is everything but Rachel from 'Friends' and that is a very good thing. She is really acting and it is one of her best performances.

The sad story is very good as well and there is some fine comedy, especially with another worker at Retail Rodeo named Cheryl (Zooey Deschanel). She insults customers all the time and says the strangest things; the customers hardly notice. Mike White, from School of Rock & Nacho Libre fame, was the writer of this movie and also had a funny role as a religious security guard.

Funny, sad and very good is what 'The Good Girl' is in the end.

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