The Good Life (2008)

The Good Life
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Mature themes, violence, coarse language and sexual references

Director: Stephen Berra
Actors: Mark Webber, Zooey Deschanel, Harry Dean Stanton, Bill Paxton, Chris Klein, Patrick Fugit, Donal Logue

In the small-town heartland that has always been the defining state of mind for America, there are two worlds. There is a community whose focal point is the local sport team, and there is the alienated existence of the kid who doesn�t fit in. In THE GOOD LIFE, director Steve Berra sketches a portrait of life in these worlds that is full of both torment and hope. JASON PLAYER (Mark Webber) works two jobs, struggles with his uncaring family, is tortured by a bully (Chris Klein), and in general is quietly suffocating in the provincial insularity of his town. Other than that, the local cinema, which is literally on its last legs�as is its aging operator, GUS (Harry Dean Stanton) is Jason�s one escape and window to the outside world. But when he is courted by a beautiful and mysterious stranger, FRANCIS (Zooey Deschanel) and befriended by ROBBIE (Bill Paxton), his desperate existence takes a dramatic turn that will change the course of his life forever.

DVD
Status: Normal
Run time: 90mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Member Reviews (2)

Nigel W
says
A story of alienation that manages to transcend its own gloom and develop into something more joyful and meaningful. No mean feat in this age of defeat. Fantastic performance by Mark Webber in the lead.
Posted Saturday, 14 November 2009 See my other reviews
Anita
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A kid in a small town looks after the local cinema and its old owner. A stranger comes to the town and gives the kid motivation to do what he wants.
Posted Sunday, 14 June 2009 See my other reviews