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A story about stolen love and stolen identities, shot on stolen film.
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Nina Menkes, Aza Jacobs Launch Cinemad Podcast Series
 (From Filmmaker Magazine. 22 July 2011, 7:52 AM, PDT)

Sundance 2011. Azazel Jacobs's "Terri"
 (From MUBI. 27 January 2011, 4:45 AM, PST)

“Terri” Director Azazel Jacobs
 (From Filmmaker Magazine. 19 January 2011, 10:39 AM, PST)

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Shows great originality and craftsmanship without relying too much on dialog or plot. See more (4 total) »

Cast

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Azazel Jacobs ... Rodolfo Cano
Gerardo Naranjo ... Rodolfo Cano II
Sara Diaz ... Diaz
Lucy Dodd ... Sidekick
Pat Reynolds ... Neighbor
Gill Dennis ... Sergeant

Melissa Paull ... Ex-Girlfriend
Ivor Pyres ... Birthday Party Guest
Caro Datum ... Birthday Party Guest
Toni Oswald ... Birthday Party Guest
Brian O'Keffe ... Birthday Party Guest
Pat DeWitt ... Bartender
Rene Navarrette ... Tough Guy
Eddie Navarette ... Tough Guy
Dick Rude ... Tough Guy
Anton Schneider ... Tough Guy
Cali DeWitt ... Tough Guy
Robert Rudder ... Soldier
Anton Thaqi ... Enlistee
Darren Hinton ... Enlistee

Marcos Menendez ... Soap Opera Actor
Dani Owen ... Soap Opera Actress (as Danielle Owens)
Alessandro Mastrobuono ... Soap Opera Actor

Jessica Sattelberger ... Bus Rider (as Jessica Lynn Sattel)
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Caroline Foellmer ... Party
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Directed by
Azazel Jacobs 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Azazel Jacobs 
Gerardo Naranjo 

Produced by
Richard Abramowitz .... executive producer
Oscar Alvarez .... associate producer
Sara Diaz .... producer
Ernesto Garabito .... producer
Andrew Mencher .... executive producer
Georgina Riedel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mandy Hoffman 
 
Cinematography by
Eric Curtis 
Azazel Jacobs 
Gerardo Naranjo 
 
Film Editing by
Azazel Jacobs 
 
Sound Department
Lisa K. Fowle .... sound designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tobias Datum .... additional cinematographer
 
Music Department
Joe Rudge .... music supervisor
 

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USA:77 min
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Color (original 35 mm prints)

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Shows great originality and craftsmanship without relying too much on dialog or plot., 11 September 2009
Author: StarsDown from United States

A very challenging and interesting film The Good Times Kid is short on plot and narrative and instead it portrays mood and atmosphere to the viewer. When we follow these characters throughout the day we get the sense of their aimlessness adrift in this world. No one directly says it or there is no voice over to state this, the film lets the mise-en-scene say all of this to us. A lengthy scene of two characters sitting on bus looking lost and sad with accompanying music speaks more and louder to the viewer than a few minutes of dialog or plot points. One of the most impressive aspects of the film was its use of focus. Quite often objects will go in and out of focus as well as the actors themselves. We get the see the world around the characters as it loses its meaning and clarity. There are some moments that are quite truthful and pure. Sara Diaz dancing in the kitchen, Sara and Gerardo Naranjo sitting in a dark boat with flashlights making faces to each other while his lover tries to kick down the door or that wonderful long take to end the film with one character sleeping and the other sitting looking into the world like a dear in headlights.

Dialog is sparse and far between but when there is dialog it is very realistic and quite introspective to add an extra layer to the film. While it is very bleak it never loses a sense of humor. Characters actions or expressions are often a source of comedy as well as some scenes like where Azazel Jacobs puts on boxing gloves and a cape and jumps into a large group of bikers starting a fight. While The Good Times Kid is very raw it is part of its charm. The acting is not the strongest aspect of the film it fits in quite well with the overall feel and never takes away or becomes distracting. Sara Diaz is the best aspect of the acting who is photogenic and has lots of personality though delivery of her lines could use some work. With the use of the music, playfulness of the subject matter and importance of the editing and camera I can't help but feel a connection to the early films of Jean-Luc Godard expect with less dialog. I am quite dismayed and saddened by some of the negative reviews it has received here so far. Frankly if you find yourself stumbling on this film you should be equipped with enough cinematic knowledge to enjoy this film. Nowadays when people in indie film try to make an overly quirky dramedy or the next installment of a "mumblecore" film it is nice to see Azazel Jacobs stand out and show great originality and craftsmanship without relying too much on dialog or plot.

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