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 à 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
Jan 18, 2007 Wide
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.
As a director, Stephen Berra makes this all quite palatable, but as a writer, he frequently mistakes platitudes for profundity.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Good Life
- 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.
- Jason Prayer: I hope to leave here someday...but like the snowflakes trapped inside a snow globe, I wasn't going anywhere.
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