Not so long ago, we described "Watching the Detectives" as one of those films in which there’s "an iteration of that crazy, kooky girl who pops in to bring adventure and love to the life of a repressed movie protagonist." "Good Dick," the first feature from writer/director/star Marianna Palka, is something we’ve sort of been waiting a long time for â€” the gender reversal of that scenario. Palka plays a surly, greasy haired weirdo who only leaves her apartment to rent erotica at the video store, while her real-life boyfriend Jason Ritter takes the role of a clerk there who, entranced for no discernible reason, follows her home, lies about having a relative in the building to explain his constant presence there and inveigles himself into her life, gradually moving in and dealing with her formidable personal and sexual hang-ups with infinite patience. Their courtship is more bizarre than funny, with Palka’s nameless heroine tending toward the realistically damaged rather than the Sundance movie damaged, which would be where all deep-rooted psychological problems can be solved by a few realizations, a confrontation and a montage. (This is, until the end of the film, when that turns out to be exactly the case.) The novelty of the set-up of "Good Dick" keeps it watchable, though Ritter’s character never seems quite there â€” we see that he lives in his car, we’re told that he was once a drug addict, but he remains a kind of video store saint.
"Good Dick" currently has no theatrical distribution.
+ "Good Dick" (Sundance)