Good Time

Film Title

Good Time


Two brothers botch a bank robbery and it’s debatable which one is truly the mentally handicapped one.


Ben & Josh Safdie


Robert Pattinson
Ben Safdie
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Barkhad Abdi
Buddy Duress
Taliah Webster

Not so much.

(It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!)

I have hang-ups with titles that don’t make sense and Good Time is a textbook example. Good Time is about two brothers, one of whom is mentally disabled – Nick (Ben Safdie), who rob a bank but are thwarted by a dye pack because the non-mentally disabled brother – Connie (Robert Pattinson) – is an idiot. After a chase with the cops, Nick is arrested and taken to jail where he gets the shit beat out of him and is hospitalized. Connie is short on bail money, so embarks on an eventful night involving a junkie girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and an acid dealer (among other things) as Connie tries to come up with the needed cash. At no point can any of the events be considered a “good time,” including Connie almost fucking a sixteen-year old girl (despite the current opinion of Roy Moore and half the state of Alabama). In my year-end review, I’m introducing a new category called “Movies Not For Me.” Maybe there are weirdos out there entertained by movies that remind you how shitty life and some people can be, but I’m not one of those weirdos.

Rating: Ask for nine dollars back and a coherent title.

About Kevin

Kevin is a cyber security engineer who somehow managed to become a bonafide movie critic - joining the Denver Film Critic Society in 2016 - despite being that guy that screening reps are afraid to ask "so, what'd you think of the movie?" Oh, he'll tell you alright, but it might take thousands of words to do it.