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October 15, 2008

Good Dick

Good_dick_movie_posterA distinctly unlikable movie about dislikable people, writer/director/actor Marianna Palka's mumblecore version of dysfunctional romance is the most unromantic picture of the year, any year.

Palka plays an unnamed deer-in-the-headlights malcontent whose past sexual traumas, involving her father (played by Tom Arnold), have left her running nightly to her local Los Angeles video store to rent softcore fetish porn. Jason Ritter (a co-producer on the film) plays a video store clerk living out of his car who becomes smitten with the physically off-limits porn addict. The two misfits fall into a troubled platonic affair in which Palka's sullen-eyed bitch relentlessly verbally assails Ritter's submissive character, apparently to fulfill his daily quota of rejection.

If Palka's expressed theme, that laziness and misery go hand in hand, was the extent of her cinematic essay then it might not be so simple write off this poorly executed movie. But Palka’s uncertain attempt at redeeming her cruel and bitter protagonist comes off as under-worked and self-righteous. Here is a date movie that will probably cause a lot of break-ups. Realize, that as bad as this review makes you feel to be alive, this movie will make you feel a hell of a lot worse. 

Rated R. 86 mins. (D) (One Star)


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