Many people have asked about good romantic comedies that do stand out for its display of raw human emotions.The emotions that are not Hollywood versions of love but problems which couples deal on a daily basis.The film, Good Dick which was released in 2008 stands out for its quirky cast and amazing depth played by both leads.
The simple idea behind the film is the strange look at a lonely introverted girl and a young naive video clerk who tries so hard to win her attention.Both characters have apparent demons that haunt them yet in some twisted way, neither one wants to let go of each other.It is a film that is not a clear and apparent love story.There are no grandiose sex scenes or mushy love moments.It is simply two characters at opposite parallel lines trying to meet at some point
Marianna Palka who directed and acted as the main female lead was brilliant in her performance as the odd arrogant yet needy female lead.She is disheveled and unsure.Often renting adult films,the character is against sexual intimacy but it is apparent with the introduction of John Ritter’s character that she is needy of human touch and feelings.There was a hilarious moment in the film when the male character actually enters her home and she lets him.But not before holding a butcher knife between them.She is crude and unladylike.Yet somehow there is a sense of frailness in her soul.It is apparent that she is a broken soul torn apart by something.
The male character that was played by John Ritter is a breath of fresh air into this dark comedy.Although it is obvious that the male lead is down on his luck when we learn that he lives in a car and has no home or obvious kin.He displays great courage and ingenuity by checking up on Marianna’s character and attempting to run into her in her home building.He is often taken advantage and manipulated by Marianna’s character but Ritter’s character displays great patience and cheerfulness to somehow pull her forward.Despite the fact that the female lead is obviously hiding behind a shell, he tries to bring her out to the world so that she may feel more at ease.As the movie progresses , it is often difficult to know whether Marianna’s character is really keen or simply a lonely soul in need of anyone or someone.It is one of many contradictions in this film which clearly stands out and makes the audience think about it.
The remaining small cast members who were Ritter’s friends in the movie play an enduring role of guys who work together and laugh together. The characters who are part of the background story behind the couple also shine out during the film.
The movie remains an example of the enduring struggle we all go through to find love.Although slow at several junctures throughout the film,it is also a clear example of mental and health abuse that is often taken for so granted in out society today.However the movie has an amazing uplifting moment towards the end that makes any viewer sit back and smile.