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'Good Time': Ultimate Low Life Misadventure . . .

Robert Pattison has finally left his cape behind. He moves past all his dainty and gentlemanly roles as Connie Nikas, a down-and-out loser who has resorted to crime to stay afloat in NYC. Nick, his seriously intellectually challenged brother, is his constant companion who needs his protection and support.

Early on, Connie and Nick hit a branch bank and pulling it off well until the dye pack goes off and Nick freaks out in the back of a car. Nick takes off running at the first sight of cops and ends up in Rykers. There, Nick gets the crap kicked out of him and he is sent to a local hospital. In a master stroke of chutzpah, Connie finds him and manages to wheel him out to freedom. After finding shelter, the bandages come off and it's not Nick! Now the story gets even more interesting.

I was ready to bail just before halftime but things got kicked up a notch. Pattison played a great breakout role and Nick (Benny Safdie) did a terrific job of being a seriously challenged adult. The supporting cast was very good. This production has a lot of "small film" hallmarks by way of extreme close-ups of the characters at all times. You save a lot of art direction that way. Plus, the story and script were downright gritty. Pattison's dialog, as a petty conniver and criminal, was believably spot-on.

This film isn't going to be for the Girl Scouts to see but it does deserve some attention. New Yoikers will flock but the Des Moines crowd will see it on cable. Either way, do check it out.

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Topic - 'Good Time': Ultimate Low Life Misadventure . . . - Billy Wonka 20:06:06 08/27/17 (1)


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