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Good Dick (2008)

Jason Ritter , Marianna Palka , Marianna Palka  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Ritter, Marianna Palka, Mark Webber, Martin Starr, Charles Durning
  • Directors: Marianna Palka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ER3RMA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,319 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Good Dick" on IMDb

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Good Dick goes to Sundance
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An eccentric and troubled young woman spends her days watching porn in the claustrophobic world of her apartment. An eccentric and troubled young man spends his days cataloguing films and serving her in a claustrophobic video store, before spending his nights sleeping in his car. The harder he tries to give himself to her the more she pushes him away. The farther away he goes, the closer she needs him to be. This impossible situation escalates and threatens to become combustible, just as it starts to become calm.


Joyful, romantic and generally sexy. --Los Angeles Times

Exceptionally funny, romantic comedy.

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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection January 5, 2010
By Pam S.
I had seen the title of this movie on cable a couple of times but was put off by it-- figured it was some cheap comedy. Last night during a conversation, I was flipping through the channels and paused on this film quite randomly. I watched it out of the corner of my eye for a couple of minutes while talking, got interested, then after the conversation got completely engrossed. About the title-- on the one hand it is sad that it lends itself to misunderstanding. On the other, it is THE perfect title for this film. Others have summarized the plot so I won't, but I will give my reasons why this is the perfect film. 1. It is unconventional in plot yet touches on unversal themes as if it were a high concept film. 2. The male character is one of the strongest yet most decent characters in any story I have ever encountered-- at first we think he is masochistic or a stalker, but in the end, we learn he sees deeply. 3. It has twists and surprises. 4. It is intensely psychological, and it is accurate. One law of psychology is: What goes into a human psyche must come out. When the female lead acts-out in weird, aggresive, psycho-sexual ways, that's reality. We don't know why she acts out while it is happening. 5. Subtlety. 6. A quick ending that clarifies almost everything without spelling it out. I'm not the type who cries at movies, but this one really got next to me. I highly recommend Good Dick. If you liked it, you might like a book called The Greatest White Trash Love Story Ever Told. Really reminds me of this story, but is a little more PG-13.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd Little Gem October 20, 2009
I like all sorts of films for all sorts of reasons. This is one that I liked because it was just so odd. The main characters are unique, and though the secondary characters aren't quite as well drawn they still provide a lot of good moments. "Man" is played by Jason Ritter. He works at a video store and sleeps in his car. It also appears he has had an addiction problem in his past. He somehow takes a liking to one of the store's female customers (played by the writer/director Marianna Palka) who only rents soft core porn for purposes of masturbation. He keeps coming on to her at her apartment and manages to make it to the point where he is staying there.

He seems to be a genuinely sweet soul who keeps trying to draw her out. He cleans up her place, cooks for her and tries to introduce her to new things. Somehow she seems to enjoy the fact that there is another human being near her, but that's as far as it goes. He cannot get closer to her than her letting him wash her hair. No kissy, no touchie. She constantly yells at him and insults him. He hangs in there though and we're not certain why. What does he see in her? Does he see himself as being able to save her? Can she be saved and is she even worth saving?

What makes this work are the two leads and the odd story and dialogue they get to chew on. I kept wondering what happened to this girl in her past that she ended up like this. How is it she lives in this nice and nicely appointed apartment without having a job? It kept me going to the end which I found quite satisfying. There are some scenes that are very funny. Others are touching, while one scene with Tom Arnold is more than a bit scary.

If you like the odd indie films this is one for the books.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected; it was much better!! October 8, 2012
By Michele
Started watching it and couldn't stop. I really enjoyed it and thought the entire cast was good. I almost didn't watch it because of the title. I suppose I thought it would be full of porn. However, it was not.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure little indie, unique dysfunction mix August 29, 2009
As a movie store owner I had to give this one a shot. I suppose I was watching more of the background and props than I was the performances during the store scenes, but at least they got the customer nuances correct (the giggling-obsessed teen girls, the widowed old guy renting on his anniversary, the strange porn addicted gal, etc.).

I do not feel the description is written well (over usage of claustrophobic - neither place is that bad) and the cover art/pics never happen in the film, but I gave it a fair shot since it is being advertised as a 2008 Sundance hit. Our story follows a homeless video store clerk as he stalks a porn-addicted agoraphobic cuckoo girl customer. SPOILERS; Tons of unbelievable events and un-described character issues fill the screen for 90 minutes, punctuated by two cameos (Tom Arnold as the offender dad [3rd perv role for him in as many films - scary]and Charles Durning as the old guy customer). His co-worker crew all have their little idiosyncratic nuances for the slight comic relief, with the story shifting between them and the love interest premise of a who-can-creep-out-the-potential-girlfriend/boyfriend-more-but-still-sleep-together motif.

The film quality is average as is the 5.1 (with a 2.0 option). The main supplement about being played at Sundance lasts over an hour, but since they went the un-narrated way/made at home feel I liked it. The gag reel option lasts 11 minutes and was actually funny only once or twice, should have been called a bad take reel.

A decent freshman attempt at making a totally obscure relationship film about creepy people, gave three for the film and one for the supplements. Just not sure if I can outright recommend this without adding some disclaimers; "innocent" on the cover art is furthest from the truth, "funny" is subjective on this, and the title is going for the shock value as it is never stated in the film. Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good story
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare, naked, simple, LOVED IT
I was interested in every aspect, from the dynamics of the guys' relationships with each other in the video store to the relationship between the main characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Trancelucence (Leigh)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Dick
really enjoyed this movie, not to mention the price was right to rent. Will rent more of these types movies
Published 7 months ago by rob
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated it!
Very stupid, i just didn't get it, maybe I'm old school and epected something romantic to follow. 2 co-dependant people with issues, hard to grasps!
Published 10 months ago by Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this movie. It is very different and probably not for everyone. I think it is sweet and romantic.
Published 13 months ago by Brandi M
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
If you're looking for wild sex, forget about it. There was actually a real story to this movie even though the story-line was somewhat strange. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jane Kohler
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be interpreted a little ambiguously. ***SPOILERS***
I come from a family where a close family member had the same experience with her father, and it took an incredibly patient and loving man to bring her around. Read more
Published 15 months ago by L. Hitt
1.0 out of 5 stars Egh
This was the dumbest movie I think I've ever wasted a two hour period of time on. Weird doesn't even begin to describe it.
Published 15 months ago by J9
4.0 out of 5 stars Different..but very intriguing.
John's son was very good in this movie. Plot kept me I to it. I would recommend this movie to my friends.
Published 15 months ago by Kahlill
3.0 out of 5 stars Great setup, unsatisfying ending.
The premise for this film based on trailers pitched something it is not. It is an interesting character piece about two people about whom we get very little back story and are... Read more
Published 16 months ago by David M. Tregde
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