Saturday, April 30, 2011
Movie Review # 61 Good Dick (2008)
Director: Marianna Palka http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0657734/
Writer: Marianna Palka http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0657734/
Jason Ritter http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0728762/
Marianna Palka http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0657734/
Tom Arnold http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000792/
Rotten Tomatoes: 53% Critics 49% Audience http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/good_dick/
IMDb: 6.4/10 Stars http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944101/
Netflix: 3 Stars
Do not let the title of this movie fool you. It is not a raunchy movie or a disgusting movie. Instead what we have is one of the best films I have seen in recent memory. Which is part comedy, part drama and part therapy. Good Dick has all the makings for a classic movie that people will talk about hours, days if not weeks afterwards. As it rips at your heartstrings and ultimately on your soul.
I say that with the greatest of pleasure as I fell in with love with Jason Ritter's character who just goes by the name man and his woman played by Marianna Palka. Which was so magical and amazing that names would have ruined it. As the story revolves around Marianna Palka's character as she is a recluse who has a porn addiction and hates humanity. That all changes when a hapless clerk at the video store falls in love with her at first sight and must get to know her.
It was this simple premise that made this movie wonderful. As Jason Ritter and Marianna Palka played off each other in what was not only a believe able and eye opening experience but also a touching one. Which honestly was easy for them to do as they are dating in real life. I just won't hold that against them as it was this closeness that made this movie magical. As Man broke down the walls put up by woman and eventually tore then all down and woman became free.
Which you do see coming just not in the way that it happened and that is what makes this brilliant. As the movie leads you one way and then abruptly turns and goes another. As if the carrot you where following was jerked out from in front of you. As it leaves you wanting more as it is presented again. This taking and giving pace is what makes movies like this stand out. As there are no special effects, fights or car chases. It is just the actors and their acting.
Which is all I needed as this movie has left me with a glowing feeling and warm heart. Which does not happen often anymore. Well not since I started this movie madness. So it is nice to have that refreshing feeling. Especially when it is brought on by a magical and love able movie like this one.
My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars