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Good for Nothing (2012)

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Inspired by the Spaghetti Westerns and celebrating the Western genre with an interesting twist, Good for Nothing follows an odd romance and the resulting emotional confusion of an outlaw who reluctantly develops strong feelings for a woman he has kidnapped. Yet when the outlaw (Cohen Holloway) tries to force himself on the young and beautiful Isabella Montgomery (Inge Rademeyer), he finds himself unable to 'get it up' due to a surprising bout of performance anxiety. Unable to understand the reason for his erectile dysfunction, the outlaw goes on a quest to find a solution for his problem with the kidnapped Isabella in tow. But the pair are pursued by an unpredictable posse who are set on killing both the outlaw and Isabella, who they have mistaken for a whore and accomplice to the outlaw. -- (C) Official Site

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Cast

Inge Rademeyer
as Isabella Montgomery
Jon Pheloung
as The Sheriff
Barnie Duncan
as Mexican Tracker
Tony Wyeth
as The Texan
Mark Norrie
as Mexican
Toby Leach
as The Doc
Toa Waaka
as Native American Medicine Man
Pana Hema-Taylor
as Young Native American
Charles Lum
as Chinese Medicine Man
Tao Jrang
as Chinese Interpreter
Norman Chieng
as Chinese Rock Stacker
Alex Chan
as Chinese Digger
Terry MacTavish
as Chaperone
Nigel Harbrow
as Fernando
John Knol
as Reges
Allen Hemberger
as Undertaker
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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Beauty and the Beast meets Sergio Leone in this amusing Western import.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A slender movie of humble, welcome charms.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

A droll New Zealand parody with a tone so deadpan it becomes laugh-out-loud funny.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

The film's antipodean locales provide plenty of uncharted territory, vast expanses of untamed land that offer endless opportunity but little guidance. A man could get lost out there, and Wallis does.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
AV Club
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Good for Nothing has a nice comic sense of the brushfire eruptions of Western violence...

Full Review… | March 6, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

...an admirably slick production...

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Flicks.co.nz

Audience Reviews for Good for Nothing

½

Unfortunately, Good For Nothing's references and aspirations are a bit higher than what is actually on the screen.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Mike Wallis' Good for Nothing isn't good for much.

Part of the story is fit for a comedy, but this film isn't funny at all, which includes the scenes where it seems like it's trying to be. The plot really takes a while to pick up with very little in the way of dialogue; by the time the lead characters reveal a portion of themselves, it is already deep into the film and it seems late, granted the run time is just under 90 minutes.

The western style shootings aren't exciting or stylized much in any way shape or form, which probably pushes them toward the realistic side of things, despite some terrible aiming from the shooters.

For most of the film, there is no hero and the villains are just plain forgettable. Cohen Holloway and Inge Rademeyer do show some potential, but the writing really holds them back.

There isn't much to say about Good for Nothing, except to let it be and take a chance on something else.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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½

120603: My very first impression in watching this movie is that it was going to be a cheap, direct to video western. Something about the initial train scene made me think that, perhaps the fact the train was so clean and perfect. Once the violence commenced however, this film became down right enjoyable, gritty, perhaps one of the grittiest character portrayals I've ever seen. Be warned, this film is violent and touches upon a somewhat surprising topic. For many reasons, I can't see any woman liking this movie but I can see why the critics mention an air of comedy (that position only came after further reflection.) There are some good lines. This film reminded me at times of "Unforgiven", in that Cohen Holloway's character is similar to Clint Eastwood's William Munny, terribly dangerous and morally corrupt but noble in some way. Don't get me wrong, he may have some endearing qualities but "The Man" is not a good guy. He's mean, self-serving with psychopathic qualities. Some of his thought processes and actions struck me as downright reprehensible but he would no doubt fool the naive and walk the revolving door that is our current legal system (hey, did I just get in some sort of rant?) Even with the well-intentioned actions at the conclusion, "The Man" strikes out as a human being. In some twisted way this film is supposed to be a love story, but it simply is not, and I won't be convinced otherwise. I found Inge Rademeyer's character, Isabella, annoying somehow. Perhaps it was her meek nature but more than likely, it was her accent; which kept me thinking the film took place in Australia, or New Zealand, but certainly not the United States (she's supposed to be British). Don't take any of my criticisms wrong, I liked this film. The violence is striking, no holds barred, unexpected and intense. Loved the sound effects, in particular the report of the firearms. There are some amazing landscapes, great costuming and wild characters. Some aspects of the shootouts were also well done, the missed shots for example, but I hate it when characters drop with one hit (I accept the head shots.) Overall, this movie nicely filled that lack of modern westerns void that I seem to be blessed with. Sweet.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

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