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A young man (Webber) is encouraged by a new friend (Deschanel) to cope with living in a town where he doesn't necessarily fit in.

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Stephen Berra (as Steve Berra)

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Stephen Berra (as Steve Berra)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Webber ... Jason Prayer
Zooey Deschanel ... Frances
Harry Dean Stanton ... Gus
Bill Paxton ... Robbie
Chris Klein ... Tad Tokas
Patrick Fugit ... Andrew
Drea de Matteo ... Dana (as Drea De Matteo)
Bruce McGill ... Frank Jones
Donal Logue ... Daryll
Deborah Rush ... Diane
Chris Basher Chris Basher ... Bus Passenger
Michael Baxter Michael Baxter ... Fred
Michelle Boulet Michelle Boulet ... Friend #1
Cory Cassidy Cory Cassidy ... Tad's Friend
Sarah Constible ... Terry
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Storyline

A young man (Webber) is encouraged by a new friend (Deschanel) to cope with living in a town where he doesn't necessarily fit in.

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He's finally had enough. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viata cea buna See more »

Filming Locations:

Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Drea de Matteo and Donal Logue portray a couple in this movie. They both would go on to play characters on FX's Sons of Anarchy. However, they share no scenes. See more »

Quotes

Jason: I hope to leave here someday... but like the snowflakes trapped inside a snow globe, I wasn't going anywhere.
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Connections

References Easter Parade (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

When Push Comes To Shove
Written and Performed by Jimmy Joliff, Erin Garcia, and Stephen Berra (as Steve Berra)
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This movie tries way too hard
29 November 2008 | by danikronSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie compared to Donnie Darko several times, most recently in another comment here on IMDb, however, they're nothing alike. Donnie Darko is a beautiful, thought-provoking film, while this movie just falls flat. It tries so very hard to be deep and depressing, that it ends up almost a parody of itself. The quasi-philosophical mumblings of the main character sound like they where stolen from a manga and none of the characters seem even remotely like actual people.

My advice, watch "The Go-Getter" instead. It too has a young man who's lost both a parent and his way, it too has Zooey Deschanel, and unlike The Good Life, it has humor and it doesn't try to be something it's not.


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