Such Good People is such a good film

July 3, 2014

Film review by Jake Webb, West Hollywood

I hope it’s a known tenet that in the end, the person you become is truly defined by the singular path based on a fractal of choices you’ve paved.


Our actions in the face of choice reveals what life we’ve destined for ourselves.

It’s weighty, existential, and clear, the superficial desires some confuse for a short cut to happiness only distract or present an illusory joy. There is no invoice for happiness, you can only produce it from within – choice will lead you there.

At the same time, if I found a million dollars that no one could hold claim over, I’d probably be pretty damn happy, pretty damn instantaneously. And if I can’t find a million dollars, I can at least live the fantasy vicariously through a fun film, right? I mean, it IS summer, the season for escapist film.

That’s exactly what happens to Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) and Randy Harrison (Queer as Folk) in the film, Such Good People, a new screwball comedy by David Michael Barrett.

The two characters, Alex and Richard, are housesitting for wacky Bhuddist philanthropists when the homeowners die unexpectedly. Of course a death means a house up for grabs and a hidden room filled with money and no owner.

Add a series of miscommunications, a drug-peddling therapist, and a side-splittingly funny performance by Drew Droege (known for his “Chloe” series), and this film is worth a visit.

From Such Good Peopl

From Such Good Peopl

The film also features cameos from cult favorites such as Lance Bass, Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Scott Wolf (Party of Five), and Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids). It’s campy and offers moments that will make you burst with laughter.

I personally liked the nostalgic score reminiscent of The Pink Panther. The cutting, the design, and the acting styles in the film remind me of a domestic French New Wave; contemporary and experimental.

Michael Urie carries with film with his perfect comedic timing and unapologetic commitment to the words. Randy Harrisons hold his own with his palpable charm. Lance Bass cutely tries, but fails to come off as anything other than a pre-programmed Stepford Man-bot.

The film premieres in Los Angeles on July 7th at The Majestic Crest Theater. The public can purchase tickets for its premiere where the full cast will attend.

Watch the trailer here: