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Be Good 2014

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5.0 out of 5 stars (5) IMDb 6.2/10

When Mary (Amy Seimetz) returns to work after maternity leave, her workaholic husband, Paul, takes charge of their sleepless baby, Pearl, testing their relationship and sanity.

Starring:
Amy Seimetz, Thomas J. Madden, Todd Looby
Runtime:
1 hour, 10 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Todd Looby
Starring Amy Seimetz, Thomas J. Madden, Todd Looby, Tessa Looby
Supporting actors Joe Swanberg, Paul Gordon, Billy Phelan
Studio DMGI
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Kcorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 4, 2014
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At the heart of this film is a couple, their baby girl, and their attempts to find a rhythm to their lives while making ends meet and caring for their baby. Because Dad is a screenwriter who works from home, it seems a natural fit for him to care for his baby daughter and squeeze in work while she naps or plays. I don't recall a specific mention of day care as an option so I assumed that finances were too tight to afford it.

Of course, not all babies are malleable enough to work around parents' schedules. And in this case the baby rarely sleeps, cries often, and goes after everything within reach. In other words, she is a typical high energy baby with low sleep requirements. And that natural fit? It isn't going too well.

So the father is stressed- frantically stressed. Meanwhile, his wife is beset by her turbulent feelings: guilt about being away from her baby, frustration about being the main breadwinner, worries about the baby's health. .

All of this makes for some very tense moments. Tempers flare. Feelings are hurt. Both parents have moments where they feel taken for granted.

This film may seem too low-key for some but it had inherent drama for me and brought back memories of the challenges my spouse and I faced as young parents. Even with the best laid plans, unexpected crises arise. Parents get sick at the same time as the baby. Or someone loses a job. Or another family member becomes gravely ill. There are a host of other possibilities which can tip the balance and make some days seem just barely manageable. And then the pendulum swings back to joy again.

There is one very suspenseful and frightening moment near the end of the film. And I won't go Into more detail than that. No spoilers. This is an indie film which features actors who are very believable. It is also a movie which doesn't hit viewers over the head with a "message" .
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Excited to see that this wonderful indie movie made it's way to Amazon. I got lucky with this one as a friend brought me to the Gene Siskel Film Center a couple years back for a screening. Truly enjoyed this movie, especially because we were expecting our first child at the time and it shed some light on issues that might creep up. The story unfolds after a couple has their first child and the mother's maternity leave is up and heads back to work while the talented but unappreciated filmmaker father stays at home with their new daughter, Pearl. With the thought that his usual daily exercises of submitting films to festivals, writing new scripts and pursuing the filmmaking career will be easy during naptime is turned on it's head when Pearl doesn't exactly cooperate. The arrangement soon creates some tension and resentment from both sides of the relationship as the role reversal doesn't exactly work the way everyone thought it would. The acting is great and pacing is well done as it picks up at the right times and slows down for those tender moments with a new family. Highly recommend.
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Talent, talent, talent! Brilliant acting, from not only the adults, but the 4-month-old girl -- how the hell did they do that?

This was actually a great indie! The acting is so genuine, you wonder if this just a real couple telling the story of their life. The character arcs are so subtle and natural, yet it feels hits you just as hard as any high-budget drama. And it doesn't try to be bigger than it is. Simply a smart, honest piece of work that seems like a slice of life, but to a trained eye you can see why you're being drawn in -- it's a solid story.

As a filmmaker and family man, this really made me rethink my life, and I highly recommend it.
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Solid indy flick with very relatable character dilemmas, excellent performances by the entire cast (even the infant!), a lot of laughs though not ostensibly a comedy, and a great soundtrack to boot.

Especially recommended for filmmakers or anyone working in the arts struggling with supporting a family, or anyone considering leaving the arts for a "real" career but can't quite quit.

Also, there is a side plot involving an office ghost and considering anything that has "like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY" in its review will get watched, I'm going to mention that here.
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I definitely related to two major themes in this film:
1) an infant who will not sleep except under extremely particular circumstances
2) getting ripped off by a panhandler with a convincing sob story, only to realize later that you got ripped off
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