Essential Opinion: Such Good People

TV favorites Michael Urie of Ugly Betty and Randy Harrison of Queer as Folk star in Such Good People, an enjoyable independent comedy romp from 2014.

Urie and Harrison play Richard and Alex, a gay couple looking for a house as they await approval to adopt a child. They stumble upon a party at their dream home and decide to crash it when they see Alex’s half-sister Paige (Carrie Wiita) and her husband Cooper (James Urbaniak) are attending and hit it off with Jake and Chloe (Scott Wolf of Party of Five and Kate Reinders), the homeowners who are raising money for their charity.

Such Good People

Jake and Chloe ask Richard and Alex to housesit and they jump at the chance. But while staying at the house, they stumble upon a secret room where a large amount of cash has been hidden. While they’re playing around in it, Paige and Cooper show up with a lawyer to deliver the news that Jake and Chloe have been killed and that they have to leave the house. While there, Paige and Cooper look around for any money they can find in order to collect on a bad business deal with Jake and Chloe. Later, Richard and Alex return to the house to take the money and donate it to charity.

But when the house comes on the market, Richard and Alex take back their charity money in order to buy it – but face a competitive bid by Paige and Cooper. Thus begins a tug-of-war between the two couples over ownership of the house and later over the money – culminating with Paige and Cooper reporting Richard and Alex to the police for stealing the money and Alex and Richard reporting Paige and Cooper to the police for killing Jake and Chloe and selling drugs out of their house.

Fellow Betty alum Ana Ortiz plays a detective investigating Jake and Chloe’s death. Recurrent Betty player Alec Mapa appears as an ambassador’s assistant. Lance Bass appears as the president of a charity. And the very funny Drew Droege makes an appearance toward the end as a collector of artifacts.

Such Good People is heavily-plotted without being confusing. Its many story threads are carefully woven together into a film that never loses you. Then this delightful comedy caper ends with several back-to-back twists that are unexpected without being arbitrary.

And it’s also full of fun comedy moments such as Richard and Alex vacuuming up the money when Paige and Cooper show up unexpectedly, Richard and Alex breaking in and then back out of the house to retrieve the money (and their justification for doing it), Richard and Alex’s charity money being rejected, the Amber Alert issued for their dogs and the ransom drop-off.

But one of the film’s best moments is a tender one that takes a quick break from the main action for a scene where Richard reveals to Alex his insecurities and apprehension behind the adoption process they still feel at the beginning or middle of without seeing the end.

By the end of the film, the good people win out, the bad people lose out and those who fall somewhere in between get their due. And out of it all, we get a funny movie to watch.

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Terrence Moss

Terrence Moss

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Terrence Moss is a Los Angeles-based blogger and writer who works at a media buying agency to pay the bills. He also contributes to the internationally-distributed Kraven Magazine, co-writes a web series called "Child of the 70s" and performs every week at Musical Mondays in West Hollywood. Terrence also watches a lot of old TV shows, gay indie flicks and other web series -- so he's quite single.
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