Starring: Balthazar Getty, Katharine Towne, Jamie Kennedy,
Danny Comden, Tori Spelling, Cheri Oteri, Natasha Gregson Wagner,
and Johnathan Schaech.
Directed by: Dan Comden
Goode is like a throw back to all those young angst ridden slices
of life starring John Cusack in the 80's. Um, except of course
the guys are a tad older and John Cusack's not in it...heck there's
not even a Broderick or a Estevez to be seen!
cast does a fantastic job of just enjoying the material supplied
by screenwriter Danny Comden, (who also has a pivotal role in
the film). There's no surprises or unforeseen twists that'll leave
you mesmerized, but still it's a purrfect cuddle up with a big
bowl of popcorn piece.
Sol Goode (Balthazar Getty) is one of those struggling
actors without a clue. He goes for auditions, meets his buds for
lunch and screws his way through a plethora of debutantes. He's
a fast talking slick swinger dude
below his quazi stoner smirkful manpig veneer is a nice guy; somewhere.
His gal pal platonically speaking, Chloe (Katharine Town) is his
conscience of sorts. Though you immediately get the idea she's
smitten with him in more than strictly an asexual game of twister
way. She listens to him and his over the edge creepizoid without-a-clue
complete with streaked blonde highlights circa Flock of Seagulls
haired friend Cooper (Dan Comden) as they discuss the conquests
of hall of shame lay from the preceding night. There's also a
agent-in-the-making henpecked buddy of the circle, Justin (Jamie
Kennedy). His girlfriend Brenda (Natasha Gregson Wagner) is like
Marsha Brady on acid. She bullets orders at him like a neo-nazi
and switches emotions faster than Anna Nicole Smith on prescriptions
de Jour! She's terrifying.
watch as Sol and his friends grow a little and find their way
most. Cooper will be snorting red bull and shellacking his hair
till he's rolling into the crematorium- a lounge lizard of pure
green till they day he dies. But Sol may just change his ways
and find something he didn't even know he was looking for
so obviously the story of the been -there-done-that sort. It's
really the cast, which includes underrated Tori Spelling as a
trashy f**k partner of Sol's, and a Swimming With Sharks
homage played out brilliantly by megatalented little Cheri Oteri,
that makes this out right enjoyable. And in one of a thousand
genuine knee slapping guffaws in the film, Comden scripts a metaphor
on a "member" of the small circle of friends aptly named
Happy (Johnathon Schaech) that alludes to his "particular"
slab mansteak being a large as a Durabright lighter
. I nearly
spit soda on poodle resting at my feet! There's also some continuity
issues so blatant I wondered if they were actually placed
for comedic value
line, Sol Goode is exactly what it should be, mindless
giggle inducing hilarity. It's clever details and likable cast
that make Sol Goode pretty gosh darn good. Grab it next
time you're at Blockhustler Video Emporium Depot.
Blunt Aside: Look for "little" cameos sprinkled through-out...
Recommendation: Double breast of Pamela Anderson on rye and
a Los Angeles Skyline -unsweetened.