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The Good Life (2007)

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Original title: Good Life, The



Country Canada, USA

Production Companies
FarFalla Films

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• The Good Life (2007)



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Genre: Comedy

Tagline: A story about a mostly normal young man who makes the most out of fitting in when he obviously doesn't.

Plot: In the cold, small-town heartland that has always been the defining state of mind for America, there are two worlds. There is a community whose focal point is the football team, and there is the alienated existence of the kid who doesn't fit in. In The Good Life, a debut feature that is remarkable for its maturity and sophistication, filmmaker Steve Berra unerringly sketches a portrait of life in these environs that is at once full of torment and hope.

Jason Prayer (Mark Webber) works two jobs, struggles with his uncaring family, is tortured by a bully, and in general is quietly suffocating in the provincial insularity of his town. Other than that, the local cinema, which is literally on its last legs -- as is its aging operator, Gus (Harry Dean Stanton) -- is Jason's one escape and window to the outside world. But when he is courted by a mysterious stranger (Zooey Deschanel), his desperate life takes a turn. As a response to the lessons of Capra-corn in It's a Wonderful Life, and with a nod to The Last Picture Show, Berra offers a ray of light in these dark times -- a modern vision about the contradictions of small-town life. -- © Sundance Film Festival

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 Directed by
Stephen Berra
Luster, Yeah Right!, The End
 Written by
Stephen Berra
Luster, Yeah Right!, The End
 Cast
Zooey Deschanel
Almost Famous, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Bridge to Terabithia
Harry Dean Stanton
Alien, The Green Mile, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Bill Paxton
Titanic, Aliens, The Terminator
Chris Klein
American Pie, American Pie 2, Election
Patrick Fugit
Almost Famous, Saved!, White Oleander
Drea de Matteo
Swordfish, Assault on Precinct 13, Deuces Wild
Bruce McGill
Collateral, The Insider, My Cousin Vinny
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 Music By
Don Davis
The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions



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