A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie asks a big question about doing the right thing -- i.e. whether or not characters should keep money that may belong to bad people. Unfortunately, the movie doesn't make much of an argument for doing the right thing and turning it in. The characters get roughed up a bit, but they survive and are rewarded for their initial bad decision.
Positive Role Models
The main characters, the "good people" of the title, make a poor decision and then spend the rest of the film trying to survive. There are consequences, but nothing that can't be overcome. They're even rewarded. Another "good guy" character, a police detective, is motivated by revenge.
Violence & Scariness
Violent shootings and killings, with lots of blood, including some blood sprays and splatters. Dead bodies are shown. A man falls onto a pile of wooden spikes, a man gets shot by a nail gun in the head, and another man gets nails in his feet. A woman is slapped and treated roughly. A man is stabbed with a knife. A car crashes into a man. A man is tortured with a pool ball and pool cue. Characters fight with a crowbar. Characters shout and threaten one another.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main characters are trying to have a baby, though they're interrupted before having sex. They kiss, and in one scene they shower together. An opaque shower curtain covers the sensitive bits, but a moment later, the woman steps out of the shower, and her naked bottom is shown. A bad guy rubs the female lead's crotch area while she's wearing jeans. In a shot filmed from far away, a woman runs out of a nightclub covering her breasts with her hands. Also some brief innuendo and discussions around pregnancy.
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Language is very strong, with several uses of "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "twat," and "prick."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The bad guys are drug dealers, handling a product called "Liquid O," or heroin. Viewers see a case full of little vials. A character dies, off screen, of a drug overdose. A bad guy smokes a cigarette in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Good People is a thriller about an average couple who make a bad decision involving money and subsequently become involved with gangsters. There's strong violence, with lots of fighting, shooting, and killing, plus splattering and spraying blood. Some of the fighting involves nail guns, crowbars, etc. Language is also quite salty, with many uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t" and "p---y." The plot involves drug dealers, a case of "Liquid O" (heroin) is shown, and a man dies (off screen) of a drug overdose. The main characters are trying to get pregnant, which is discussed, though there's no on-screen sex. They do take a shower together, but an opaque curtain covers the sensitive parts ... until the woman's bottom is shown. It's fairly mediocre and forgettable, and unless teens are out to see every James Franco or Kate Hudson movie, they probably won't bother. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
GOOD PEOPLE comes from good stock. Director Henrik Ruben Genz is an Oscar nominee for Best Live Action Short and also made the very good crime film Terribly Happy (2008). Screenwriter Kelly Masterson -- who adapted Marcus Sakey's novel -- previously wrote Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and Snowpiercer. Even the cast includes some very talented, Oscar-nominated people. But the finished movie feels like a half-hearted jumble, full of lazy shortcuts.
The main characters don't generate much sympathy, since they rush too quickly into trouble. The bad guys, on the other hand, never seem to be in sync; why would the big boss himself show up at the big showdown, gun in hand? At other times, no one really seems to be in charge or have any idea what's going on. Wilkinson comes out the best, since his character has a motivation, although that's about all he has. Good People falters even more when compared to the similar A Simple Plan, a much sharper, smarter, and more emotional movie.
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