Good Time (film)

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Good Time
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ben Safdie
Josh Safdie
Produced by
Written by
Music by Oneohtrix Point Never
Cinematography Sean Price Williams
Edited by
  • Ben Safdie
  • Ronald Bronstein
  • Elara Pictures
  • Rhea Films
Distributed by A24
Release date
  • May 25, 2017 (2017-05-25) (Cannes)
  • August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2 million[2]

Good Time is a 2017 American crime-drama film directed by Ben and Josh Safdie and written by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein. The film stars Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi and Jennifer Jason Leigh, its original soundtrack was composed by electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never.

The film has received critical praise and was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, it was released on August 11, 2017, by A24.


Constantine “Connie” Nikas and his mentally challenged younger brother, Nick, attempt to rob a New York bank for $65,000, they appear to be successful before they realize that a dye pack has been slipped in with the cash in their getaway car, filling the car up with red dust, causing their driver to crash.

Connie and Nick flee on foot. While attempting to walk home they are stopped by two police officers; in spite of Connie’s request to stay calm, Nick panics and runs, leading the cops to pursue them. Nick is taken into custody while Connie evades arrest.

A terrified and confused Nick is placed in a Rikers Island holding cell, while Connie attempts to secure a bail bond using the stolen cash, he is told he needs $10,000 more to get Nick out of jail.

Connie tries to convince his girlfriend, Corey, to pay off the balance with her elderly mother’s credit cards, but her mother cancels the cards before they are able to use them at the bail bond center. Connie then finds out through the bondsman that his brother has been hospitalized after an altercation with a fellow inmate. Connie breaks his brother out of the hospital and hides out in a stranger’s house in Queens. All seems according to plan until he realizes the man he broke out of the hospital is not in fact his brother, but a beat-up and disfigured man named Ray who has just been released on parole.

Connie, Ray, and Crystal (the stranger’s 16-year-old granddaughter) drive to an abandoned amusement park where Ray left a bottle full of an LSD solution worth several thousand dollars before he ended up in the hospital. While searching for the bottle, the two are accosted by a night security guard, whom Connie beats unconscious. Ray pours the LSD solution down the guard’s throat so he will lose his memory.

The police arrive. Ray hides while Connie steals the security guard’s uniform, and manages to fool the police that the real security guard was the intruder, the guard wakes up, begins to hallucinate, and is taken into custody. While waiting for Connie and Ray outside the park, however, Crystal is spotted by the police and arrested.

Ray and Connie manage to enter the security guard’s high-rise apartment in Brooklyn and wait there until morning. Ray calls one of his criminal friends to buy back the acid from them so they can get the rest of the money to bail out Nick. Ray’s friend shows up and a desperate Connie demands $15,000 for the drugs. Ray tells his friend he will handle it and attempts to flee with the drugs. Connie fights him in the hallway and steals the bottle. Ray runs to the apartment balcony only to watch Connie get chased down and arrested by the police.

Connie is placed in the back of a squad car while Ray attempts to escape out a window and falls to his death.

Later, Nick is out of jail (Connie having taken the fall for the robbery) and back in therapy, the therapists have him join a group of other mentally handicapped patients in a team-building exercise. A withdrawn Nick slowly begins to engage with the group as the credits roll.


  • Robert Pattinson as Constantine "Connie" Nikas[3]
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Corey, Connie's girlfriend
  • Ben Safdie as Nick Nikas, Connie's younger, mentally-handicapped brother.
  • Barkhad Abdi as Dash, a Security Guard working a night shift at a mini amusement park.
  • Buddy Duress as Ray, a criminal whom Connie mistakes for his brother.
  • Taliah Webster as Crystal, a teenage girl who helps Connie.


On July 9, 2015, it was announced that Ben and Josh Safdie would direct a caper film Good Time, based on the script by Josh and Ronald Bronstein.[3] Elara Pictures' Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson would be producing the film.[3] Pattinson described the film as a "really hardcore kind of Queens, New York, mentally damaged psychopath, bank robbery movie."[4]

Principal photography on the film began on January 3, 2016 in New York City.[5][6]


Oneohtrix Point Never provided the film's score, which won the Soundtrack Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[7] His work for the film included a collaboration with singer Iggy Pop entitled "The Pure and the Damned."[8] The score was released as Good Time Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in August 2017.


In October 2016, A24 acquired distribution rights to the film,[9] it was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[10][11] It has limited release on August 11, 2017 in United States.[12]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 89% based on 144 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A visual treat filled out by consistently stellar work from Robert Pattinson, Good Time is a singularly distinctive crime drama offering far more than the usual genre thrills."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 80 out of 100, based on 41 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14]

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review and praising Pattinson's performance wrote: "Led by Robert Pattinson giving arguably his most commanding performance to date as a desperate bank robber cut from the same cloth as Al Pacino's Sonny Wortzik in Dog Day Afternoon, this is a richly textured genre piece that packs a visceral charge in its restless widescreen visuals and adrenalizing music, which recalls the great mood-shaping movie scores of Tangerine Dream."[15]

Guy Lodge of Variety also gave the film a positive review, and said that "Robert Pattinson hits a career high in Benny and Josh Safdie's nervy, vivid heist thriller, which merges messy humanity with tight genre mechanics."[16] The Economist praised Pattinson's performance in the film saying it "establishes him as a capable character actor".[17]

Emily Yoshida of Vulture said "For all its throttling thrills, Good Time is a film about a destructive love — and loving someone despite not having the right kind of love to give them. Ignore the deceptively convivial title: This is the kind of thrill that sticks."[18]

Conversely, Rex Reed of The Observer criticized the film, calling it "just under two hours of pointless toxicity," populated by brainless characters, filled with ludicrous writing, and laced with mostly over the top acting, "with characters so contrived that the movie defies even the most basic logic." "At best," Reed opined, "it's a frenetic, disjointed and totally surreal look at people in crisis, seen through the eyes of other people in crisis. It all takes place in one night, but it seems to last days." [19]

Likewise, A.O. Scott of The New York Times said of the film: "Sometimes it flaunts its clichés — Nick’s disability, and Benny Safdie’s slack-jawed portrayal of it, is a big one — and other times it cloaks them in rough visual textures and jumpy, bumpy camera movements, so that a rickety genre thrill ride feels like something daring and new, it isn’t. It’s stale, empty and cold." [20]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Cannes Film Festival May 17-28, 2017 Palme d'Or Ben Safdie
Josh Safdie
Nominated [10]
Cannes Soundtrack Award Oneohtrix Point Never Won [21]
Gotham Independent Film Awards November 27, 2017 Best Feature Good Time Pending [22]
Best Actor Robert Pattinson Pending


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