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  • Summary: The film follows an odd romance and the resulting emotional confusion of an outlaw who reluctantly develops strong feelings for a woman he has kidnapped. Yet when the outlaw tries to force himself on the young and beautiful Isabella Montgomery, he finds himself unable to ‘get it up’ due to a surprising bout of performance anxiety. Unable to understand the reason for his erectile dysfunction, the outlaw goes on a quest to find a solution for his problem with the kidnapped Isabella in tow. He tries various means to cure his ailment – including tracking down fancy doctors and sage medicine men – all in an attempt to fix his problem and finally having his way with Isabella. But the pair are pursued by an unpredictable posse who are set on killing both the outlaw and Isabella, who they have mistaken for a whore and accomplice to the outlaw. (Screen Media Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 70
    Imagine a Kiwi spaghetti western filtered through the offbeat sensibilities of early Sam Raimi or the Coen brothers and you've pretty much got the picture that is Good for Nothing.
  2. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Mar 10, 2012
    70
    Good for Nothing may be slight, but it portends a promising frontier for Mr. Wallis.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Mar 6, 2012
    70
    Good for Nothing has a nice comic sense of the brushfire eruptions of Western violence.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 8, 2012
    70
    A droll New Zealand parody with a tone so deadpan it becomes laugh-out-loud funny.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Mar 7, 2012
    58
    Good For Nothing is billed as the first Western shot in New Zealand, but that tourist-brochure distinction pales besides its more pungent claim to fame as the first Western whose hero spends the entire film attempting to overcome a bout of erectile dysfunction.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Mar 6, 2012
    0
    The title is apropos, but it's also an understatement.
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  1. Apr 29, 2012
    8
    An ironic look into the emotional confusion of an outlaw who reluctantly develops strong feelings for a woman he has kidnapped, while finding he is unable to "perform" when trying to have his way with her. This results in his seeking help with his problem from a doctor and medicine men, both Chinese and Native American. All the while, the pair are being pursued by a posse out to kill both of them. This deadpan comedy drama was filmed at various central Otago locations, MacKenzie Country locations of New Zealand and the central North Island western town of Mellonsfolly. High production values, wonderful photography and a memorable original soundtrack combined with a minimalist script and action that is sometimes over the top to the extent that twice I found myself laughing uncontrollably with this atypical western. Highly Recommended. Expand

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