PREMATURE EVALUATIONS: NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPENS 2016 dir. Henrique Couto


nothinggoodeverhappensBad things have a tendency of hitting us in cycles of threes. When one thing happens, be on the lookout for two more awful things to happen. Little did Neil know that his girlfriend leaving was just that first horrible event in the dark comedy NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPENS.

SYNOPSIS:
Following the loss of his girlfriend, professional artist, Neil, battles with depression, an artistic dry spell, and more while trying to bounce back with a little help from his friends.

ngeh01WHAT WORKS:
Couto’s writing is always extremely personal. It is also sharp, a little bitter, and hilarious all in one. In an informal trilogy of films with DEPRESSION: THE MOVIE, AWKWARD THANKSGIVING, and now NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPENS, we see the growth in not only his talent, but in himself as well.

WHAT DOESN’T:
The film is a briskly paced one, barely 90 minutes. And yet, I wanted some of the small jokes to have more room to breathe. There are several excellent bits but they come and go so quickly that they don’t stick with you, requiring a re-watch to truly appreciate them.

WHY SHOULD YOU SEE NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPENS?:
Full disclosure: After his recent films, specifically MAKING OUT, I decided to help with the (very successful) crowd funding effort to make this film happen. That being said, I have no buyer’s remorse. Couto and his film family delivered on all things promised.

ngeh02A special treat from this film was the performance by Coquette de Jour as Neil’s rebound. She’s fearless in a role that could have been a throw away character, adding an additional layer (while removing several layers of clothing) that most people wouldn’t have given for it.

While Neil struggles with gaining acceptance from his childhood friends, he finds that some people accept him just for what he is. His relationship with Dave and Mia allows for some of the more hilarious scenes, but also for extremely tender ones. One scene in particular where Mia comforts him made me well up with tears as there is an inherent sweetness to it. The world would be a better place if we all had a Dave and Mia.

Having reviewed several films starring Miller and Ryan, I’ve come to expect great things from the both of them. And they don’t disappoint in NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPENS, even though they only share the screen for a short time.

NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPENS has its theatrical debut December 9th (more info here and is currently available for pre-order for both Blu-ray and DVD here.

ngeh03CAST:
Neil: Josh Miller (SCUM, CALAMITY JANE’S REVENGE)
Amanda: Erin R. Ryan (MAKING OUT, BABYSITTER MASSACRE)
Dave: Bradley Diehl (AWKWARD THANKSGIVING)
Mia: Marylee Osborne (PRIMORDIAL)
Jessie: Coquette de Jour (PAJAMA NIGHTMARE)
Al Snow (OVERTIME, PIRANHA SHARKS, WWE/ECW)

CREW:
Writer/Director: Henrique Couto (MAKING OUT, AWKWARD THANKSGIVING)

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