Good Dick

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Good Dick
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Directed by Marianna Palka
Produced by Cora Olson
Jennifer Dubin
Written by Marianna Palka
Starring Marianna Palka
Jason Ritter
Tom Arnold
Mark Webber
Martin Starr
Eric Edelstein
Cinematography Andre Lascaris
Edited by Chris Kroll
Release date
  • January 19, 2008 (2008-01-19) (Sundance Film Festival)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $39,924[1]

Good Dick is a 2008 film written and directed by Marianna Palka.


Jason Ritter plays a video store clerk who stalks, spies on and manipulates a reclusive woman, played by Marianna Palka who often comes to the video store where he works to rent soft-core porn. Eventually, despite his strong optimism, her dislike of sex and resulting defensiveness drives them apart. It is revealed toward the end of the film that her dislike of both sex and relationships was fueled by sexual abuse at the hands of her father. The film ends with a confrontation with her father, and ultimately Ritter's character reuniting with her.

The film contains cameo appearances by sisters Elisabeth Waterston and Katherine Waterston. Tom Arnold has a short but significant role as "The Dick". Jason Ritter's brother Tyler Ritter has a brief appearance. Nancy Morgan makes an appearance as a waitress. Bryce Dallas Howard and husband Seth Gabel also make cameo appearances.

Festivals and competitions[edit]

The film competed in the Dramatic Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.[2]


The New York Times said the film "surmounts its indie-movie quirkiness with exceptional acting and a sincere belief in the salvation of its wounded characters."[3]


  1. ^ Good Dick (2008) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "2008 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in Competition" (PDF). 2007-11-28. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  3. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (October 16, 2008). "A Standoff Between Longing and Denial". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 

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