The Good Life
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First-time helmer Steve Berra writes and directs the finely felt coming-of-age story The Good Life, a film clef loosely based on Berra's experiences growing up in a Nebraskan small town during the '70s and '80s. Mark Webber stars as the director's alter ego, a more or less well-adjusted adolescent who nevertheless cuts against the grain of his football-obsessed friends and neighbors. Zooey Deschanel plays a young woman in the town who befriends Webber and encourages him to celebrate his uniqueness and individuality; Harry Dean Stanton portrays a local cinema owner who gives… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While The Good Life is stylistically ambitious and heartfelt, it feels more forced than authentic."
‑ James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"Grounded in the rich cinematic tradition of Small-Town America, the film doesn't break much new thematic ground, but it's well-acted by the entire ensemble, which consists of both pros and young thespians."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"As a director, Stephen Berra makes this all quite palatable, but as a writer, he frequently mistakes platitudes for profundity."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, OC Weekly
"The film spends what seems like interminable hours driving home the brutal truth that the world is better off without Jason Prayer, and, despite the anemic flip-flop of the last twenty seconds, it's hard to disagree."
‑ Jamie Tipps, Film Threat
"You just can't go from darkly morose to uplifting and hopeful in the last 30 seconds of the film without any kind of arc to take you there."
‑ Kim Voynar, Cinematical
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