Movie Poster - Be Good (2021)

Be Good hyper focuses on the experience of having an eating disorder while making its character solely a vehicle for the depiction.


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Be Good hyper focuses on the experience of having an eating disorder while making its character solely a vehicle for the depiction.


Director(s) Jessica Damouni
Screenplay By Jessica Damouni
Date Released 10/1/2021
Where Can You Watch? Film Festival (Urban World)
Genre(s) Drama, Young Adult
Duration 12 Minutes
Rating Not Rated

Film Summary

Leila has an eating disorder. One that keeps her from socializing and living any resemblance of a normal life.

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: There are vomiting sounds, so prep for that

Cast & Character Guide

Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member.

Leila (Jessica Damouni)

Leila (Jessica Damouni) on the phone
Leila (Jessica Damouni)

Leila is a young woman who has a serious eating disorder. One that has spiraled to the point her home is filled with post-its that reinforce her illness and her having very little control.

Review/ Commentary

On The Fence

It’s Uncomfortable, In A Good Way, But Feels Excessively Long

What it appears Damouni wanted to do is create intimacy. Not in the form of you really getting to know Leila, but to be a voyeur and see her routine, her flaws, her vulnerability. This is done through seeing her work out, the post-its all over the place, sometimes her staring straight ahead and building up to the moment you see Leila purge.

But that is the weird, uncomfortable, and perhaps unnecessary thing about this movie. It’s like we’re watching Leila’s life build up to when she decides to vomit and how her cycle works. We don’t get to really know her, beyond she had a tiff with a friend, it is all about her eating disorder.

So it ultimately felt like all Be Good was doing was prepping you for that moment that is expected when it’s mentioned that a character has an eating disorder. Thus making this movie feel excessively long, for there is nothing there but preparing you for a moment that isn’t made for entertainment purposes, but definitely to create a dramatic scene.

Overall

Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

I don’t want to seem mean since, based on the director’s bio for this short, there is the chance this is Damouni’s story and was her life at one time. However, with her writing, directing, starring, producing, and editing, you can see that maybe an outside presence could have helped. I wouldn’t say it was needed, for the point is made about how debilitating an eating disorder can be. But like another short from Urban World, Footsteps On The Wind, this feels more like a commercial for a cause that you’ve seen ad nauseam on TV than something new.

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Movie Poster - Be Good (2021)
Be Good (2021) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)
Who Is This For?
Those who want someone to understand what an eating disorder does to a person.
Highlights
It's Uncomfortable, In A Good Way, But Feels Excessively Long
Disputable
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