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One Good Man (2009)

Tim Threlfall , Pam Eichner , Christian Vuissa  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Threlfall, Pam Eichner
  • Directors: Christian Vuissa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mirror Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y2PKLQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,139 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Aaron Young (Tim Threlfall) is a good man. But even good men can be put to the test. Just when it seems his life can't get more complicated, it does. Pressures from his job are reaching the breaking point, problems with two daughters and to top it off, Aaron has been called to be bishop of his ward. A warm and deeply moving film about choices and complications of everyday life. This is the story of an unsung hero trying to do the right thing.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece March 8, 2010
I don't think it's an exaggeration to rate this movie an artistic masterpiece. Leading a marvelous cast, charismatic actor Tim Threlfall gives a performance that can only be called superb. Director Christian Vuissa fearlessly presents intense, compelling drama by understating it, without relying on special effects or using obnoxious noise, confusingly-fast action, violence, sex, nudity, gross incidents, or any of the other trite devices too often employed to try to make us think we're being shown something creative. Instead of shouting, he whispers; and in so doing he rivets us to our seats, breaks our hearts, and sends our spirits soaring.

In this wonderful movie about good people facing staggering but ordinary pressures, Vuissa does the unthinkable: instead of creating conflict and dysfunction for the sake of drama, he shows us decent, functional people behaving like adults as they try to do the best they can. Sometimes things come out well, sometimes they don't. Sometimes their touching efforts are neither recognized nor appreciated. Other times, wonderful things happen. Through it all, Vuissa proves that drama can be gut-wrenchingly realistic without being crude, and that art and sensationalism are not the same thing. In this gentle stroke of genius he leaves Hollywood light years behind, and without excuse.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 18, 2010
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Great DVD about a bishop and all the demands and sacrifices required for a man who does not receive pay for his position. Storyline was smooth and thought provoking. Good humor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tribute to good men and fathers everywhere June 14, 2011
This was a very sweet and touching film: A great tribute to good men and fathers everywhere. The characters and situations were very relatable to me. I've had similar things happen to me, my family or friends and it made me feel for the family in the movie. This is another great movie made by the same man who did Errand of Angels which I also love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Good Man October 17, 2010
What a good LDS video! I am always looking for something great for my DVD library. Some have not been hits. This one is a re-watch many times over. I recommend it with all 5 stars!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Ninety minutes of doleful, saddening piano/ukelele music makes the message of this film: "look how sad and hard life is when a good man is trying to live the gospel." This monotonous, wistful music would be perfectly appropriate for one or two scenes (like a death, or feeling saddish/happy about kids growing up) but the director made it the ONLY music of the film, with barely noticeable variations. This slow sad music is intended, I think, to be poignant in an art-film sort of way. But it is totally misplaced, overpowering, and relentless. It goes one during their Christmas pictionary game, during every bishop visit, during the missionary homecoming(!!), everywhere! This music poisons plenty of scenes that should have been the joyful relief along the path. Instead, we had to stop the film several times to breathe. Expect no comic relief; there just isn't any.

Here's what else you WON'T find in this supposed "masterpiece":

--any bishopric counselors mentioned at all. There is no friendship and no help to lighten the load. In fact, there are no other men in the movie, to speak of. The stake president appears only for a moment. The bishop's dad promptly leaves on a mission. The fiance's non-member father and the angry ward member both have confrontational conversations. And that's it for the men. Oh yeah, there is the one non-member friend at work who drinks root beer in a bar with him. Here the bishop confesses how overworked and colorless his life is,but then says he wouldn't have it any other way. In reality, a bishop would be surrounded by good, supportive counselors, clerks, etc, but in this film, none.

--any ward councils, relief society presidents, YW or YM leaders, elders quorum presidents or any other hard working church members.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's an Okay Movie July 14, 2014
Too much like real life. All of the funny parts are in the previews. Three out of our 4 kids feel asleep. However, it is very wholesome entertainment.
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