Good for Nothing

"Very Good"

Good for Nothing Review


One gets so used to seeing crappy independent comedies that one scarcely knows what to do when a truly funny one comes along.

Good for Nothing, a simple film that just wants to make you laugh it the misfortune of its star (Scott Jason), is just such a movie, expertly written and full of laugh-out-loud jokes that could leave a grown man in tears. Its story -- a deadbeat guy wants nothing more than to be an actor (despite a dearth of talent) and must contend with a nutcase brother, a nutcase mother, her nutcase boyfriend, and, well, a whooooooole lot of other problems that just get in his way.

The only real problem with this hilarious film is star Jason (who also co-wrote and co-produced) -- an older, more jaded Jason Biggs -- who delivers his otherwise zinger lines with an unfortunate stiltedness that robs them of much of their oomph. Jason's co-stars, obviously aware of his onscreen travails, do their best to jazz up his performance but there's only so much emoting one man can do. In one telling, Jason's character complains that he has "the acting ability of a robot." Not far off. In the end, it's up to the script to redeem Good for Nothing, and much to my surprise, it does.

A rough dub job and some editing issues (probably where footage didn't come out right or the shot just got missed altogether) are the only other remaining problems, but these will likely be fixed before the film's release*.

Recommended -- check it out at a film festival near you.

Good 'n' plenty.

*or possibly never, as the easygoing producers tell us during the trailer.



Good for Nothing

Facts and Figures

Run time: 92 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 1st May 2012

Distributed by: Screen Media Ventures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Fresh: 8 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 5.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: Cohen Holloway as The Man, Inge Rademeyer as Isabella Montgomery, Jon Pheloung as The Sheriff, as Will, Steve Cronin as Slim, Barnie Duncan as Mexican Tracker, Nigel Harbrow as Fernando, Pana Hema Taylor as Young Native American, Allen Hemberger as Undertaker, Toby Leach as The Doc, Tony Wyeth as The Texan, Sean McChesney as Drifter, Mark Norrie as Mexican, Toa Waaka as Native American Medicine Man, Charles Lum as Chinese Medicine Man, Tao Jrang as Chinese Interpreter, Norman Chieng as Chinese Rock Stacker, Alex Chan as Chinese Digger, Terry MacTavish as Chaperone, Robin Gamble as Henry, Mike Wallis as Harry, John Knol as Reges

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