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  • Summary: Tom and Anna Reed (James Franco and Kate Hudson) fall into severe debt while renovating Anna's family home in London. As the couple faces the loss of their dream to have a house and start a family, they discover that the tenant in the apartment below them has been murdered, and he leftTom and Anna Reed (James Franco and Kate Hudson) fall into severe debt while renovating Anna's family home in London. As the couple faces the loss of their dream to have a house and start a family, they discover that the tenant in the apartment below them has been murdered, and he left behind $400,000 in cash. Though initially hesitant, Tom and Anna decide that the plan is simple: all they have to do is quietly take the money and use only what's necessary to get them out of debt. But when they start spending the money and can't seem to stop, they find themselves the target of a deadly adversary—the thief who stole it—and that's when very bad things start happening to good people. [Millennium Entertainment] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Sep 26, 2014
    63
    It could be that Franco and Hudson, while not phoning it in, bring personae that are just too familiar/conventional to spark a high level of viewer involvement.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 26, 2014
    63
    There's probably enough content here to warrant a three-hour movie but Good People is only 90 minutes long.
  3. 50
    Danish director Henrik Ruben Genz (“Terribly Happy”) can’t hide his cards and rarely even tries to. He’s stuck with a script that has “Promise you won’t kill us,” maybe the silliest line ever uttered to a murderer, but that features some dandy threats, some by the villain who doesn’t drive the Jaguar.
  4. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 28, 2014
    50
    Both stars are in agreeable if uncharacteristically muted form, doing little to distinguish Genz’s pic from any amount of formula-following filler in the same B-movie ballpark.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Sep 25, 2014
    42
    Good People might have been better titled "Dumb People", or at least "People Who Have Never Seen A Movie In Their Entire Lives."
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Sep 23, 2014
    40
    What transpires in this adequately acted, uninventive film fails to add any fresh twists to the cash-vs.-conscience formula.
  7. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 2, 2014
    30
    Good People goes from being simply pedestrian to outright preposterous without batting an eye.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Apr 15, 2015
    8
    Solid movie. The gangsters had some views on honor that made it more interesting than other gangster films I've seen. I didn't find itSolid movie. The gangsters had some views on honor that made it more interesting than other gangster films I've seen. I didn't find it boring at all, it kept changing continuously and it was suspenseful when it should've been. I'm a James Franco fan but this might be the worst I've seen him and he was completely serviceable. Overall this is a tactically complicated story with an underwhelming couple as the main characters---but after all, they're supposed to be normal people with strange choices at hand. Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2015
    6
    I saw this movie 4 years ago when it was called Ca$h, but that was a comedy and this was a thriller, still it's amazing just how similar theI saw this movie 4 years ago when it was called Ca$h, but that was a comedy and this was a thriller, still it's amazing just how similar the two films are. Good People and Ca$h are so much alike, that I don't know how the producers of this film didn't get sued! Good People takes place in London and focuses on another young couple down on their luck. They're about to lose everything when their downstairs tenet dies and they find a bag of cash in the ceiling. Much like the couple in Ca$h, they face the dilemma of keeping the money or turning it into the police. Of course they have to keep the money for there to be a film, but shortly after, the rightful owners show up and want their cash, leaving the couple on the run. James Franco and Kate Hudson play the young couple and to my surprise, despite their very different styles, they had great chemistry, but that's really all this film had. It's very hard to review a film that is so similar to another, because I find myself unimpressed by the second film and wonder, if I hadn't seen the first, would I have enjoyed the second? As far as thrillers go, it wasn't much different or better than you'd expect it to be, despite the big names in the cast. Ultimately, Good People isn't a bad film, but I preferred the story in a more comedic form with Sean Bean playing a foul mouthed, wise cracking gangster. If you're a fan of any of the cast members, you should see this film, because it definitely wasn't boring, but it really wasn't anything special. Expand
  3. Feb 11, 2015
    4
    With high caliber leads of James Franco and Kate Hudson, a thriller movie, even though it has familiar premise, should have had more successWith high caliber leads of James Franco and Kate Hudson, a thriller movie, even though it has familiar premise, should have had more success in presenting its story. Instead, it squanders the cast by cumbersomely slapping silly plot device or inconceivable plan. Jodie Foster and young Kristen Stewart in Panic Room were better on creating thrill than Good People, this is clearly not the intended result from a movie with award winning cast.

    The Wrights couple has been through a lot, they are currently a bit financially challenged. After relocating to London, they rent their basement to a strange man, only to find out that said man is actually stashing good amount of riches. As more suspicious people come for the money, they are involved in some shady affair with corrupt cop, thugs and thieves. It's not complicated in nature until the movie deems it to be and resorts in Home Alone-esque plot twist.

    The best in the series of awful production is predictably the acting, especially at first act. Both leads perform well to create a couple with actual real life problem. It might not draw the audience right away, but the foundation is certainly there. Unfortunately, the movie progresses into over-the-top conspiracy with cops and drug dealers. The pacing is inconsistent as well, with most of the time spent on establish the Wrights, but a few scenes later on details are glossed over for convenience's sake.

    Cinematography looks okay, although a bit too much bleakness as if London is clouded whenever possible and the indoors are terribly lit. Some of the plans to resolve the situation are not exactly plausible, that's putting it mildly, I’d say they are downright dumb. The plot relies on characters performing unrealistic behavior which is contradictory since it originally tries to convince audience that these are just normal people in bad situation.

    Poorly crafted, falls apart at the end, Good People seems like it's titled for the purpose of creating puns, since almost nothing else good comes out of it.
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  4. Oct 4, 2014
    2
    "Boring People" would be a more reasonable title. The movie doesn't seem to get anywhere within the first 30 minutes, and the movie is 90"Boring People" would be a more reasonable title. The movie doesn't seem to get anywhere within the first 30 minutes, and the movie is 90 minutes long. Franco is a star... he doesn't belong in this film. Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2014
    0
    Boring, preposterous and idiotic, contains really lame dialogue from London gangsters that stretches credibility even further, even though theBoring, preposterous and idiotic, contains really lame dialogue from London gangsters that stretches credibility even further, even though the premise had stretched it thin enough from the start Expand

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