Good Dick

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"A hard man... is good to find."
  • R
  • 2007
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 6.3  (8,230)
  • 54

Good Dick is an intriguing, dark comedy-drama film that explores the relationship between a painfully shy video store clerk and a persistent, free-spirited young woman who takes a peculiar interest in him. The movie was released in 2008 and directed by Marianna Palka, who also stars in the leading role alongside Jason Ritter and Eric Edelstein.

The story is centered on a nameless girl (Marianna Palka) who spends most of her days watching pornography and stalking a socially awkward man known only as the Video Store Guy (Jason Ritter), who works in the video store she frequents. The quirky girl persists in showing up at the store daily and rents porn movies, which she proceeds to watch in front of the clerk without saying a word. Despite his initial discomfort, the Video Store Guy gradually becomes intrigued by the girl and her bizarre behavior, and they gradually begin to form a strange, undefined relationship.

The film explores themes of human connection, desire, and the complexities of relationships. The characters are deeply flawed, and the story often has a dark tone, though it is occasionally laced with moments of humor. The story is character-driven, and the plot plays out at a slow, deliberate pace, allowing the viewer to focus on the nuanced performances of Palka and Ritter.

Marianna Palka delivers a bold and captivating performance as the girl, who is not like any other character seen in film. She's a highly-strung, stubborn, and socially-skewing individual that has taken it upon herself to pry open the closed-off life of the Video Store Guy. The tension in their relationship mounts as the girl reaches the limits of the boy's tolerance for how far she'll go to uncover the mysteries of his life.

Jason Ritter gives an understated and nuanced turn as the boy who lives a life isolated from the world, preferring to keep himself buried in his own lonely routine. He is an introverted young man who keeps to himself, who may be staying far away from the world, but for all his experience with humans, he never learned how to interact with them.

Good Dick can be classified as a romantic comedy but with a unique twist on the genre. There is no cliché and corny romance in the movie. Rather, the love theme is more of a subtext that is explored in a different way. The film explores the idea that love does not always have to be simple, clean, or within the boundaries of social norms. And how perhaps, people meet, bond, and fall in love in ways that may never make complete sense to others. It explores the blurred lines of relationships, which ultimately makes for unique and unpredictable storytelling.

The film doesn't follow conventional story arcs, and that and its quiet, thoughtful pacing mean that it works as both a darkly comedic portrait of two incredibly lost individuals and a truly romantic tale of love and companionship between the unlikeliest of individuals. The humanity of the cast is evident in every scene, creating a deep level of empathy with their flawed but compelling characters.

Good Dick is a movie that’s not for everyone, but for those who are willing to take the chance with experiencing something different, it opens up in ways that are entirely rewarding. The story is not easy, the dialogue is often harsh and the situations are sometimes uncomfortable, but ultimately, there is something very touching in what the film reveals about these two lonely and damaged people, who find a kind of peace together that they have never experienced elsewhere.

Overall, Good Dick is a quirky, awkward, and curious romantic-comedy that has a heavy message on the beauty of spending time with someone who understands and accepts us as we are. With its well-crafted characters, fine-tuned performances, and unique narrative, it's a must-watch for fans of unconventional indie cinema.

Good Dick is a 2007 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 54.

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    6.3  (8,230)
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