Movie Review - Good Time
The movie opens with a close-up of Benny Safdie who plays Nick Nikas, a 20-something resident of Queens, New York, who is either autistic or mentally-challenged in some way. His therapist, Peter, attempts to question him and find a program for Nick, probably due to some unnamed offense he's committed or some trouble he's got. However, Nick's brother, Constantine aka Connie, played by Robert Pattinson (Twilight and The Lost City of Z), a low-level criminal, steals Nick away from his therapist. Connie wants to protect Nick but also involve Nick in low-level crimes to get enough money to get out the city. Connie's plan is to rob a bank. Yet, the plan is so simple that Nick wasn't even needed. It's not clear why Connie felt as though he needed Nick there.
For a brief time, the movie could go the route of Rain Man (1988) or Of Mice and Men (1939), but half-way through the narrative, the whole thing takes a turn that doesn't really help to illuminate or explore the relationship between Connie and Nick. If anything the turn only helps to separate them and separate us from any insight into either of them. In fact, Nick disappears for most of the movie and we have no clue who he is. Because it becomes just about Connie running from place-to-place, there's no time taken to stop to get to know Connie as well.
This movie has been nominated for several Gotham Awards and Spirit Awards. Most have pointed to the performance from Pattinson. It is a great performance but trapped inside a not so great film.
Rated R for language, violence, drug use and sexual content.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 40 mins.
Available on DVD/VOD.