Sundance Review: The Good Life
by Alex Billington
January 23, 2007
With one of the best opening scenes out of any film at Sundance, The Good Life sets an intense mood right at the beginning to lead you through this dramatic story of young Jason's life and troubles. The film is set in a football-fueled town but without a moment of football and made for people who hate football. It surrounds a brief amount of time where Jason (Mark Webber) struggles to fit in and deals with his own family, relationship, and physical issues. This film is my current top pick from Sundance - a remarkable creation.
Jason is very outstandingly defined and perfectly portrayed (by Webber) - he never strikes even a faint smile the entire film, except for one brief moment. In the story in The Good Life these two mentally flawed individuals eventually come together - Jason and Frances (Zooey Deschanel). In addition, one of the most heartfelt performances that even made me cry was from the unforgettable Harry Dean Stanton as Gus, the owner of a cinema that plays only classics because he believes they deserve to be remembered. Even this subtle appreciation for cinematic history, including clips from some true classics, adds another little nuisance that helps build up The Good Life into the phenomenal film that it is.
The Good Life is on the level of Donnie Darko, a profound, immense, and phenomenal small town story and amazing movie, and I say that from the bottom of my heart - it's just that damn good. It may change your life, it may not, but it will at least be an unforgettable experience.
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
Whoa, Steve Berra directed this? Weird. I remember him from old skate videos.
Zach on Jan 23, 2007
A carefully crafted movie that leaves a lasting impression and provokes thoughts long after you have left the theatre.
Flint on Jan 23, 2007
This movie IS INTENSE! Look out Hollywood, WELCOME to STEVE BERRA!!! Great job on the casting. I cannot wait to see this film again in the theaters and have my friends see it!!
bryan on Jan 24, 2007
An amazing experience. I still am analyzing each scene in my head even days after seeing the film. We can all learn something from all the characters in this film. So different from anything I have ever seen. I hope everyone gets a chance to see this film in theaters. All the actors were incredible!!
sylvia on Jan 24, 2007
Hands down the best film I've seen at Sundance in years. Berra manages to get every ounce of acting ability from his actors.
Bill on Jan 24, 2007
How can you reach the producers of The Good Life?
Tess on Feb 6, 2007
The producer is a guy named Lance Sloane. he has a company called farfalla films. I'm sure it's just email@example.com. I don't know. Worth a try.
Frank Jones on Feb 10, 2007
the most awsome movie that will leve you wanting more and it's essence is engrainned in your skull and you just can't stop thinking about it so much longer than you've seen it! It's crazy! hands down best performance and would not be the same with out steve berra one of the greatest people to pull this movie through and capture the best of the movie, plus he did the best job writing. insane job! it's pimpin!
billy on Aug 22, 2007
Will this film ever be on general release? I REALLY WANT TO SEE IT! Argh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Louise on Jul 20, 2008
this film is great i love it. but i was searching information, pictures and quotes of the film in internet and i cant find anything (in spanish, thats my lenguage)! I dont know why.
pau on Aug 4, 2010
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