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1. The Good Girl (2002)

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

Storyline:
In “The Good Girl”, Jennifer Aniston portrays the character of ‘Justine Last’, a department store employee who is trapped in a monotonous and unhappily married life. The arrival of a new young worker, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, injects some excitement into her life leading to an extramarital affair. The movie delves into complex themes of adultery, depression, and dissatisfaction of middle-class life.

Why it’s a major performance:
The role of ‘Justine Last’ is a major departure from Aniston’s usual comedic roles. She delivers a powerful and compelling performance showcasing her abilities as a dramatic actress. Critics widely appreciated her portrayal of a woman grappling with deep-seated dissatisfaction and unfulfilled desires.

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2. Marley & Me (2008)

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 62%

Storyline:
In this heartwarming comedy-drama, Aniston and Owen Wilson stars as Jennifer and John Grogan, a young couple who adopts a mischievous but lovable Labrador named Marley. The narrative follows the Grogan’s life experiences and the unbreakable bond they form with Marley.

Why it’s a major performance:
Aniston’s performance in “Marley & Me” is characterized by warmth, humor, and emotional depth. She beautifully conveys the journey of a woman transitioning through various life stages, from marriage to motherhood, with authenticity and aspiration. Her on-screen chemistry with Wilson and their relationship with Marley make for an endearingly realistic portrayal of family life.