The Good Life (2007)
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Critic Reviews for The Good Life
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
Exquisitely written, beautifully sad, and painfully real. This film is not made to create a satisfiable plot or give any sort of closure to the audience. It is a window into the mundane life that could easily belong to the millions of tattered Americans with broken dreams and stunted lives. The acting is superb, especially Mark Webber's. Harry Dean Stanton, Patrick Fugit, Zooey Deschanel, and Chris Klein give incredibly believable performances. People who didn't like this film probably have a general aversion to melancholy and the brutal reality of its vast existence in the world, which is one of the main themes present in this film. Mental illness, unrealized dreams, alienation, and the pain and comfort of death are also explored. It is truly a great watch for anyone who enjoys solemn drama and the calm, hushed intensity of indie films.
Dark, but good. Really interesting movie and keeps you on your toes and thinking. I love Deschanel in her role... I swear she can pull off anything.
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.
The Good Life Quotes
|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 wasnâ??t going anywhere.|
|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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