Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Danny Comden|
|Produced by||Vincent Newman|
|Written by||Danny Comden|
|Music by||Mike Einziger|
|Edited by||Christopher Koefoed|
After the Edge Films
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Home Entertainment|
Sol Goode is a 2001 American romantic comedy film directed by Danny Comden. The lead role of Sol Goode is played by Balthazar Getty; other cast include Katharine Towne, Jamie Kennedy, Danny Comden, and Cheri Oteri. The film features cameo appearances including Jared Leto, Carmen Electra, Jason Bateman, and Shannon Leto.
Sol (Balthazar Getty) is a loser, heading towards his 20s, and he hasn't had a romantic relationship with a woman in his entire life. Sure, he's slept with lots of them, including the excruciatingly obnoxious Tammie (Tori Spelling). But never anything more than a night. Sol's roommate Justin (Jamie Kennedy) is about to get married. He thinks he's happy, after being promoted from mailroom worker to the assistant of a snotty agent (Cheri Oteri). The truth is, his wife (Natasha Gregson Wagner) is a real bitch.
But Sol hasn't given up, despite his parents' (Robert Wagner and Christina Pickles) insistence that he's next to nothing in the real world. These days he's hunting for a job as an actor, even though his visiting friend Happy (Johnathon Schaech), a well-endowed cowboy who gets all the ladies, is finding more acting jobs than Sol while standing around. Sol seems destined to fail, until his best female friend Chloe (Katharine Towne) decides to cheer him up. Sol could find love if he was really looking for it. But if his relationships are as successful as his job hunting, there probably isn't any hope at all.
- Balthazar Getty as Sol Goode
- Katharine Towne as Chloe
- Jamie Kennedy as Justin Sax
- Danny Comden as Cooper
- Natasha Gregson Wagner as Brenda
- Cheri Oteri as Bernie Best
- Tori Spelling as Tammie
- Johnathon Schaech as Happy
- Robert Wagner as Sol's Dad
- Christina Pickles as Sol's Mom
- Jason Bateman as Spider
- Max Perlich as Murphy
The film was originally written in 1997, eventually getting filmed over 22 days in October 2000. Because of the tight schedule, scenes were shot largely out of sequence. The score of the film was composed by guitarist Mike Einziger, of the band Incubus.
Sol Goode was met with a mixed response upon its release, with many critics praising its cast. Vince Leo of Qwipster wrote "Sol Goode gets a recommendation as a romantic comedy, and should especially appeal to those who enjoy films about dating in LA and the wanna-be's in the Hollywood scene." He praised Comden's performance and those of rest of the cast, stating "Danny Comden, who plays Cooper in the film, also served as the film's writer and director, and for the most part, he impresses in every department. There are good performances by the hip young cast, knowing insights which bubble up throughout the story, and a good sense for the proper tone for each scene, blending in the soundtrack well." Emily Blunt wrote a similar review, stating that "the cast does a fantastic job of just enjoying the material supplied by screenwriter Danny Comden, (who also has a pivotal role in the film). There's no surprises or unforeseen twists that'll leave you mesmerized, but still it's a purrfect cuddle up with a big bowl of popcorn piece." Scott Phillips praised the cast and wrote "While Sol Goode definitely wears its adoration for John Hughes movies on its sleeve, the flick is really more akin to stuff like Swingers and even Free Enterprise."
- Comden, Danny (Director) (2003). Sol Goode (Motion picture). Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
- Leo, Vince (2003). "Sol Goode review (2001)". Qwipster. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
- Blunt, Emily. "Sol Goode". Blunt Review, Inc. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
- Phillips, Scott. "Sol Goode Review". Monsters At Play. Retrieved 2011-05-16.