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No Strings Attached
by Betty Jo Tucker

Are there people in this world who do good deeds without expecting anything for themselves? Good Sam explores that question in a straight-forward movie with no flashbacks, no flash forwards, no CGI and no superheroes.  Rather brave, don’t you think?

Instead, the film follows Kate, an ambitious young news reporter on an assignment to find the identity of a good Samaritan who leaves $100,000 dollars in a bag on the doorstep of seemingly random individuals. Because actress Tiya Sircar projects such an appealing personality in the lead role, and the plot offers some fascinating twists and turns, this movie delighted me.

A heroine like Kate is easy to cheer on. She’s intelligent, highly motivated and fearless. We first see her in a dangerous situation while filming a full-blown fire at close range, which gets her in trouble. Even though Kate loves these risky gigs, her worried boss assigns her a less perilous story to follow. Surprisingly, the “Good Sam” assignment ends up being the most important one of her career.

During her work on this story, Kate meets two young men who fall for her. One -- played by Marco Grazzini -- happens to be a wealthy hedge fund executive introduced to her by her father. The other? A fireman -- portrayed by Chad Connell -- who impresses her at the fire mentioned above. These two actors are real finds! (Just think younger versions of George Clooney and Hugh Jackman.)

Although somewhat predictable, Good Sam ends up being a refreshing viewing experience, especially if you are tired of edgy filmmaking that leaves you in a deep funk. Thanks to director Kate Melville and co-writers Dete Meserve and Teena Booth for giving us such an enjoyable feel-good movie.    

A bag of cash dropped at your door.

Lots of money, but what’s it for?

Good Sam -- a lovely, sweet movie --

unfolds a heartwarming story.

 

It reminds me of long ago

and films shown at the picture show.

Nothing obscene upon the screen.

A charming romance to be seen.

 

Suspense enhances this fun tale.

A reporter tries not to fail.

She’s young and eager to succeed.

A juicy story she will need.

 

The leading lady makes us care.

We feel with her at every dare.

Supporting actors do their part

to work their way into your heart.

 

SPOILER ALERT

 

Some folks do good, no attached strings.

That’s the message that Good Sam brings.

 

(Released by Netflix; not rated by MPAA.) 

For more information about Good Sam, go to the IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes website.)


                                                                                                                                                                               
 
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