Good People (2014)
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as Tom Reed
as Anna Reed
as D.I. Halden
as Jack Witkowski
as Bill Tuttle
as Bobby Witkowski
as Mike Calloway
as Supt Ray Martin
as Marie Halden
as Bill's Cousin
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Critic Reviews for Good People
Good People provides the degree of entertainment one expects while sitting on a sofa watching a direct-to-video effort rather than the higher standards one sets for paying $10 for a movie ticket.
"Good People" goes from being simply pedestrian to outright preposterous without batting an eye.
It's engaging enough while one is watching it, but not distinctive enough to make it special, or, in this case, enthusiastically recommendable.
James Franco and Kate Hudson are uncharacteristically muted in this watchable but wholly unsurprising London crime caper.
Good People grinds to its predictable, pat conclusion and betrays its generally solid performances and respectable artistic pedigree. Sometimes good people do bad things, sometimes they just make movies that start well and end badly.
Audience Reviews for Good People
I saw this movie 4 years ago when it was called Ca$h, but that was a comedy and this was a thriller, still it's amazing just how similar the two films are. Good People and Ca$h are so much alike, that I don't know how the producers of this film didn't get sued! Good People takes place in London and focuses on another young couple down on their luck. They're about to lose everything when their downstairs tenet dies and they find a bag of cash in the ceiling. Much like the couple in Ca$h, they face the dilemma of keeping the money or turning it into the police. Of course they have to keep the money for there to be a film, but shortly after, the rightful owners show up and want their cash, leaving the couple on the run. James Franco and Kate Hudson play the young couple and to my surprise, despite their very different styles, they had great chemistry, but that's really all this film had. It's very hard to review a film that is so similar to another, because I find myself unimpressed by the second film and wonder, if I hadn't seen the first, would I have enjoyed the second? As far as thrillers go, it wasn't much different or better than you'd expect it to be, despite the big names in the cast. Ultimately, Good People isn't a bad film, but I preferred the story in a more comedic form with Sean Bean playing a foul mouthed, wise cracking gangster. If you're a fan of any of the cast members, you should see this film, because it definitely wasn't boring, but it really wasn't anything special.
Mundane and uninspired, Good People is a stereotypical crime thriller. After their downstairs tenant dies a young couple finds a hidden stash of drug money and decide to use it to save their house from foreclosure, but trouble soon follows when crime lords come looking for the money. The film has a solid cast that includes James Franco, Kate Hudson, and Tom Wilkinson, and they give fairly good performances. However, the characters aren't that interesting and the plot is completely formulaic. Good People is mildly entertaining, but it's all been done before.
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