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A Better Place (1997)

Not Rated | | Drama | September 1997 (USA)
A high school outcast new to town becomes friends with a violent loner still haunted by the death of his parents.

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Two high school outcasts (Barret, the new kid in school, and Ryan, a self-confessed misanthrope with a violent past) form an obsessive friendship which spirals out of control and ends in murder. Written by Vincent Pereira <vpereira@monmouth.com>

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$100,000 (estimated)
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There are two hidden Easter Eggs in the DVD: If you want to listen to the hidden commentary: Watch (or skip through) A Better Place go to the 'Special Thanks' menu and click on 'The Pizza Guy'. This will get you access to a secret menu where you can select a 'Drunken Commentary'. or: If you want to view the Trailer: After watching (or skipping through) A Better Place go to the 'Special Thanks' menu and click on 'The Pizza Guy'. This will get you access to a secret menu where you can select the Trailer for Brian Lynch's Big Helium Dog. See more »

Quotes

Barret: We came here to start over. A new life. In a better place. We should have stayed behind.
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Dieyousonofawhore
(DOG is dead mix)
Written by Michael Ferentino
Performed by Michael Ferentino and Andres Karu
Produced and Recorded by Michael Ferentino and Andres Karu
Copyright 2000 Michael Ferentino (ASCAP)
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A flawed but terrific film.
14 February 2003 | by (NYC/FL) – See all my reviews

This film tells a powerful story with characters that you care about and a plot that seems genuine and original in many aspects. But this film is terribly flawed. On the positive side, the plot points of this story are well laid out and the narrative (for the most part) flows well, drawing the viewer along on a story that outclasses most of the indie films that I've seen. However this film has some VERY serious negatives. First the dialogue is very poorly written with characters saying things that seem unnatural and at times unmotivated. I am generally ready to willingly suspend disbelief when I'm watching a film but the dialogue in this film was so jarringly bad that my sense of reality kept kicking in which disturbed my enjoyment of the film and distracted me from the more important elements of the film. Finally, the ending scene is wonderful but the director and the writer should have thought more about how to get there without the strange departures from motivated behavior that came before.

On balance, I think that this film is powerful and tells an important story but I will be hard pressed to recommend it to friends unless they can be very tolerant of the truly amateurish elements of the film.


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