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The Good Life

The Good Life (2007)

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First-time helmer Steve Berra writes and directs the finely felt coming-of-age story The Good Life, a film clef loosely based on Berra's experiences growing up in a Nebraskan small town during the '70s and '80s. Mark Webber stars as the director's alter ego, a more or less well-adjusted adolescent who nevertheless cuts against the grain of his football-obsessed friends and neighbors. Zooey Deschanel plays a young woman in the town who befriends Webber and encourages him to celebrate his

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Nov 4, 2008

Warner Bros. Pictures

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While The Good Life is stylistically ambitious and heartfelt, it feels more forced than authentic.

January 30, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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As a director, Stephen Berra makes this all quite palatable, but as a writer, he frequently mistakes platitudes for profundity.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: OC Weekly
OC Weekly

You just can't go from darkly morose to uplifting and hopeful in the last 30 seconds of the film without any kind of arc to take you there.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Grounded in the rich cinematic tradition of Small-Town America, the film doesn't break much new thematic ground, but it's well-acted by the entire ensemble, which consists of both pros and young thespians.

January 31, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The film spends what seems like interminable hours driving home the brutal truth that the world is better off without Jason Prayer, and, despite the anemic flip-flop of the last twenty seconds, it's hard to disagree.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Good Life

ZOOEY Deschannel is really opening my eyes as a talented actress...one look in those eyes of honesty of hers holds me captivated as she goes through the script she held in this epic of a movie...being trapped in her life she found the perfect escape through the befriending and relating with Patric Fugit. This was a good soul searching drama the holds you and surprises you in the very end.
April 19, 2009
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    1. Jason Prayer: My dad once told me that the people I meet will never care more about who I am than they will about what I look like. And because I look the way I do, people may never care about me at all.
    – Submitted by Anmol K (22 months ago)
    1. Jason Prayer: I hope to leave here someday...but like the snowflakes trapped inside a snow globe, I wasn't going anywhere.
    – Submitted by Anmol K (22 months ago)
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