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A Better Place (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama , Fantasy | 25 October 2016 (USA)
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A shy and underdeveloped young man with uncanny powers learns how to cope with life in a small corrupt town.

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Dennis Ho

Writers:

K.R. Bass (screenplay), Dennis Ho (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Todt ... Jeremy
Perry Thomas Perry Thomas ... Sheriff Bower
Mary Ann Raemisch ... Jess
Max Aria ... Ned Bower
Joshua Lee Young ... Beach
Tonya Kay ... Sheila Cummings
Hunter McClamrock Hunter McClamrock ... Rev. Hicks
Kassi Crews ... June
Austin James Wolff ... Trevor
Claudia Zevallos ... Mirabella
Garrett Wareing ... Young Jeremy
Maria Olsen ... Rita
William Knight ... Sam Abram
Don Yanan ... Harris Goodman
Rossi Anthony-Ben Gaona Rossi Anthony-Ben Gaona ... Mirabella's Son
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Jeremy Rollins is a young man with a very strange affliction. He has the uncanny and uncontrollable ability to deflect any physical attack and its associated pain and injury to the attacker's closest relationship. Born with this condition, Jeremy's mother had the foresight to home school him and limit his contact to the outside world. She feared that if he were ever discovered, men in white coats would conscript and subject him to unspeakable experiments. This upbringing makes him awkward and childlike, and upon the unexpected passing of his mother, Jeremy is forced to confront a corrupt town and face the realities of a harsh society and the cruelties of its people. He encounters a variety of unsavory town folk - a dominating bully who is the sheriff's son, the sheriff who is in the pocket of a corrupt banker, a gold-digging temptress and a reverend who has lost his way. But a local waitress, Jess, who sees something very special in Jeremy, befriends him. Through a series of physical ...

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His pain is your punishment.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boomerang See more »

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Digital Jungle Pictures See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Additional Awards 2016 The Modcon London Film Festival - Won "Best Feature Film" & "Best Director" 2016 Lyon International Film Festival (France) - Won "Best Director," Nominated "Best Music Score" See more »

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Jess' Song
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Music and Lyrics by Dennis Ho
Performed by Joe Pizzulo & Mary Ann Raemisch with Mick Sweda
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Understanding purpose and effects on others lives
9 February 2017 | by thegreatnaomitateSee all my reviews

So apparently I'm one of few that actually like this movie....

I don't find that odd as I'm normally the only one I know who like certain movies....

While I would consider this a B movie, I wouldn't see how this is a horrible movie. I'm sure it could have been done slightly better.... however....

I'm sure we can all relate to at least one character personally and know quite a few of the other characters in their circle....

This is the type of story that can happen in any town in any country.... while the "superpower" or "gift" of Jeremy's may not be for real, the message behind it is real.... What you do to the least of people you do to the most loved of people....

Everyone places value on relationships at different levels.... Your mom may be the best relationship you ever have.... your spouse may be the 2nd.... a bully negative value.... but what about the people you don't interact with on a regular basis but see or notice.... like the homeless man or the drug addict.... most people think they can get away with treating them badly because who cares about them? they are just trash.... In this town that was Jeremy.... and if you are willing to physically hurt someone because of a perception, then you are probably hurting the person closest to you just as bad but in a different way....

When movies aren't BLOCKBUSTERS they have to be appreciated in a different way....

If I could have his "gift" I would probably understand why at times I feel I'm mistreated.... the majority of the time it is misguided emotion....


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