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Good Intentions

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Ettas hopeless husband Chester, wannabe entrepreneur and liquor store owner, blows every nickel he makes trying to get rich on hare-brained inventions. After their young boys, Shane and Chris sneak off to try smoking and blow up the backyard shed full of Chester's homemade fireworks, smart and sassy Etta realizes she must take matters into her own hands to fulfill her dream of sending the boys to college one day.

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Product Details

  • Actors: LeAnn Rimes, Luke Perry, Elaine Hendrix, Jon Gries, Jimmi Simpson
  • Directors: Jim Issa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WY64HU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Being a Southerner, only once in a blue moon do I find a film about the Deep South that's done right, and Good Intentions is one of them. What I liked about this movie is that it doesn't offer a cheap attempt at humor every two minutes. It's a completely original story with a terrific cast that offers a few moments that will have you laughing out loud.

What immediately grabs you are the beautiful visuals in this movie. No Hollywood sets here, Good Intentions is shot entirely in rural Georgia. Director Jim Issa perfectly captures the country spirit, as well as the small-town vibe.

Another great surprise is the cast, most of which actually hails from the South. Just a heads up: Leann Rimes is front and center on the DVD, but she only gets about 15 minutes of screen time in the movie as Etta's sister Pam. Elaine Hendrix, a real-deal Georgia peach by way of Tennessee, shines in her performance as the beautiful and feisty Etta. The entire cast has plenty of film experience, especially Jon Gries (Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite) as the town's Sheriff. And while this movie is set in the South, it gets its laughs without the slightest use of Southern stereotypes.

I myself don't listen to country music, but I have to admit that I loved the soundtrack. There are a few nice bluegrass tracks thrown in, two great Leann Rimes songs, and some original music from The Wrights.

Good Intentions isn't a blockbuster. But it's fun, it's charming, and it's a great little movie to watch with friends or family, so don't miss it. And if you have a relative or friend in the Deep South, definitely buy them a copy, I promise they'll thank you for it.
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Good Intentions. Rating, 2 stars. What I liked: To begin with, you'd have to be from the south or at least, fairly well acquainted with southern manners and mores, to understand this film. So, what I liked: Not very much. An unclear plot, silly sexual references, and up tight "southern" behavior pretty much served as a turn off for me. It just wasn't funny. Aside from the obvious scheme Etta was trying to pull, there seemed to be a total disconnect between the characters, the story or plot and the dialogue. I thought the actors spent more time working on their alleged southern accents than they did in helping to move the plot forward. But cheesy dialogue and fake accents can't propel a useless film in any direction, on their own. This film was supposed to be a comedy, but after 52 minutes, I still wasn't invested in the reverse comedy as Etta, convinced she can resell fake antiques to fund college for her two kids, by robbing her husband at gunpoint, it didn't work. Poor Etta, not quite smart enough to know when she's being cheated, at least in true southern style, she tries (but fails) to get her money back by sheer force. Just not funny, and in reality, impossible.
What I didn't like: The premise of the film was foolish to begin with. I didn't like watching LeAnn Rimes try to act. She may have a good voice, but her acting felt forced and brittle. The story, as above, was stupid to start off. It depended on people knowing enough about southern manners and scope of small town attitudes to understand how dumb this all was. So, I didn't like the story plot or subplot enough to finish past an hour.
Final Score: I gave it two stars, because while I didn't like it, that was the best choice. Couldn't go to 3**, because it really wasn't OK. It was dumb.
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I really enjoyed the film Good Intentions. A true Southern cast and story set in a charming and very real tiny rural Georgia town just adds to this movies Southern charm!

The story is a good one with a nice mix of humor and small town crime. Well acted, there are some really funny lines that bring on lots of laughs without being too campy.

The cast is great with LeAnn Rimes and Elaine Hendrix - a true Southern peach with no "put on" Southern accents here, along with Luke Perry and others all playing well the small town life.
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Pretty predictable, not too many laughs, so-so acting ... but ok in a pinch. BTW, LeAnn Rimes' part is miniscule, so I'm not quite sure why she gets top billing other than the fact that she's probably the best known of the actors.
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I really enjoyed the film Good Intentions. A true Southern cast and story set in a charming and very real tiny rural Georgia town just adds to this movies Southern charm!

The story is a good one with a nice mix of humor and small town crime. Well acted, there are some really funny lines that bring on lots of laughs without being too campy.

The cast is great with LeAnn Rimes and Elaine Hendrix - a true Southern peach with no "put on" Southern accents here, along with Luke Perry and others all playing well the small town life.

I live in the small Georgia town of Rutledge where this movie was filmed and couldn't wait to see it. I was not dissapointed. I can tell you that funny things really do happen in small towns like this and the writer, director, producers and actors of Good Intentions really captured the spirit of a tiny rural town where everyone knows everyone and not much gets by without being noticed by any and all.

We enjoyed having this lovely cast and crew here in Rutledge and would welcome them back any time : )

The music was great and really fits nicely with the film.

If you like to sit back, relax and have more than a few good laughs along the way while watching a DVD, then I would highly recommend Good Intentions!
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