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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Good Dick (15)

When a director declares in her press notes that she "went through a metamorphosis from an inactive observer and opinionated commentator to an active, courageous participant in my own artistic journey", I tend to think: I'm going to hate this movie.

As it transpires, Marianna Palka's debut feature is a quirky, slight, self-absorbed study of romantic loners reaching out to one another in low-rent Los Angeles. She (Palka) is a taciturn, dead-eyed recluse with a taste for porn. He (Jason Ritter) works at the video store where she rents these unlovely movies, and sleeps in his car.

Charting the progress of their relationship isn't fun: she spends most of the time abusing him ("I want you to not talk at all"), while he tries everything to mollify her. It's a kind of Punch and Judy show for the sexually dysfunctional, but Palka wrings a bruised optimism from the unlikely set-up. Just don't give us the notes next time.

Watch the Good Dick trailer

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