‘As Good as You’ looks at LGBT grief – Watch Now


Jo (Laura Heisler) is having a bad year.  She has major writer’s block, a rather dire caffeine addiction and is deeply mourning the untimely death of her beautiful wife. To top it all off, her biological alarm clock is ringing off the wall. In an attempt to address the latter issue, JO asks her late-partner’s brother JAMIE (Bryan Dechart) to be her sperm donor.  Craziness ensues, in the form of a visit to the  fertility clinic’s psychologist (Annie Potts), and a love triangle with her two best friends (Raoul Bhaneja and Anna Fitzwater). AS GOOD AS YOU is a serious comedy about trying to grieve the right way, and maybe growing up a bit in the process. Peter Maloney, Karis Campbell,  Reena Dutt, Elizabeth Herring, Beth Robbins, and Karen Wexler round out the ensemble.

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AS GOOD AS YOU is inspired by the life of the late Beatrice Terry Lopez, and is written by her widow, Screenwriter/Executive Producer, Gretchen M. Michelfeld.

At its strongest, the movie dissects such pat notions as “closure” and “moving on” with wit and intelligence. Director Heather de Michele and screenwriter Gretchen M. Michelfeld are co-creators of the comedy troupe Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama, and there’s a certain staginess to the proceedings, especially the scenes in Lisa’s bar, where Nate and Jo are the only patrons. The touch of underpopulated unreality has an unexpected emotional pull. The same can’t be said, though, of the story’s melodramatic twists.


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