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[Director Christian Vuissa] never ceases to astound me with his ability to keep things real and genuine while paying the kind of attention to detail it takes to keep the audience anxiously engaged. The script, also compliments of Vuissa, is simple and organic while still maintaining a certain charm and authenticity that keeps you smiling when they smile and crying when they cry. — Mariah Proctor, Meridian Magazine
This movie is a stirring representation of LDS life, with motifs ranging throughout the movie. It is a very tasteful and intimate portrayal of what life is for an LDS father and family and a film that both members of the LDS faith and non-members can appreciate. — Jason Sweat, Daily Universe
Aaron Young is a good man. But even good men can be put to the test. Just when it seems his life can’t get more complicated, it does. Pressures with his job are reaching the breaking point, one daughter is struggling to find herself, and another has found a fiancé — complete with future in-laws who are anything but supportive. To top it all off, Aaron has been called to be the bishop of his ward. At this pivotal point in his life, Aaron wonders if anything he does helps the people closest to him. A warm and deeply moving film about the choices and complications of everyday life, One Good Man is the story of an unsung hero trying to do the right thing, regardless of the consequences.
- Director's Commentary
- Deleted Scenes
- Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
- English, Spanish, French & German Subtitles
- Rating: PG
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good description of life changes
by Dianna - reviewed on January 16, 2012
*SPOILER ALERT* - one good man...a family is enjoying the simplicity of life then surprise. yes, a father becomes a bishop and we see his changes and the family changing. the daughter making an eternal choice, an honorable son returning home from his mission, a son receiving his mission call, a daughter choosing disobedience and learning the consequences. an elderly sister feeling wanted. a funny friend not understanding life in an LDS home. so many decisions being made. this film shows how families pull together and work together even with the bumps in life. i like how the father helped serve the in laws by staying with them during the sealing ceremony . that would take so much to not be with a child during this but knowing you are serving our Savior by setting an example
Touching and realistic
by Mark - reviewed on October 26, 2009
I loved this movie. It is very well done and is a tribute to fathers everywhere. Christian Vuissa has another winner on his hands.
Finally! a GOOD LDS Movie
by Customer - reviewed on October 21, 2009
Finally, someone produces a good LDS movie. This movie shows mormonism in a realistic, sincere view, not a dorky comedy trying to be overly funny. Bravo, Bravo. Please make more like this one!!
A Real Film
by Chad - reviewed on November 02, 2009
This movie felt genuinely authentic. I really enjoyed this movie and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
One good movie
by Susan - reviewed on May 10, 2010
I agree with several of the other reviews. It seemed authentic, touching, a better sense of the LDS lifestyle. The acting was good. It was lighthearted but we got teary eyed a few times. i highly recommend it. I only gave 4 stars because there was a little dry period there but really one of the best LDS movies I've seen. The whole family could watch it.
by Ramona - reviewed on December 14, 2009
It is a great movie!! The music is wonderful and our hole family love that movie. There is a really normal, but perfect LDS-Family. We were touched by what he did on his daughter's wedding day! It was very emotional. Thanks very, very much for that great movie to Christian Vuissa.
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!
by NOELA - reviewed on November 29, 2009
New movie to add to my favorite movies list. This will be my gift to family this coming Christmas. Thank you for such a wonderful, inspirational and realistic LDS-about film.
I couldn't agree more... THIS MOVIE WAS FANTASTIC!
by Cassondra - reviewed on December 28, 2010
I don't expect much from LDS movies anymore, but this one was fab! If only there were more movies like this one, I'd never have to watch non-lds movies ever again!
You can have my copy
by Karen - reviewed on November 25, 2009
Sorry. It's just disappointing. I do wish there were more films about our faith and culture but this one just does not connect ... and the acting was really bad.
by Customer - reviewed on July 27, 2010
I like Mormon cinema, but it genuinely frightens me for Mormon culture that so many could review this movie positively. It was terrible in every way. Re-watch Forever Strong, God's Army, Errand of Angels, The RM...anything to avoid watching this. And if you must watch, borrow a copy (one shouldn't be hard to come by) rather than waste your money. Unfortunately, I already threw my copy out or you could have it.
by Pamela - reviewed on October 25, 2011
I've read the other reviews. If green leaves in winter, less-than A-list acting, or inconsistencies such as a Stake President meeting with a prospective bishop without inviting the wife to accompany him would cause you to dismiss a movie as beneath your standards, then don't watch this one. But if you are looking for an authentic, sympathetic portrayal of LDS family life that will uplift and move you, then this is a must-see film. My husband was serving as bishop when we saw this and we laughed and cried and nodded knowingly. Absolutely delightful.
by Customer - reviewed on October 28, 2009
This film was a pleasant surprise for me. I could relate to so many moments in the film. Even though the film is very lighthearted, I found myself in tears several times. One Good Man captures the LDS lifestyle better than anything I've seen so far in a movie.
by Customer - reviewed on April 07, 2010
i saw that film, last night and i loved it! the movie personally made a major impact on my life!
by Customer - reviewed on June 08, 2010
I think this is one of my top 5 movies of all time!! I could definitely relate!! And the sound track is beautiful!! I highly recommend this movie!!
by Customer - reviewed on June 24, 2010
My family and I watched it...it opened our eyes to the challenges our own bishop must surely face. Six thumbs up for this film!
by Customer - reviewed on August 11, 2010
Great DVD about a bishop and all the demands and sacrifices required for a man who does not receive pay for his position. Storyline was smooth and thought provoking. Good humor.
One good movie
by Customer - reviewed on December 22, 2010
Watched it for the first time last night, was very impressed. Watching the character of Aaron, makes me think about what kind of father I want to be. Not perfect, but just wanting to do the right thing, and the love he had for those around him...wow!
by Customer - reviewed on February 18, 2012
Great movie that does a pretty good job catching some of the joys and challenges of being an LDS bishop and also the ups and the downs of Mormon families. It really helped us to resolve to do better with our family, callings, life, etc. What a great example to follow!
by Customer - reviewed on January 09, 2010
We loved this movie. You could really feel what he was going through, and it really helped to make life's problems seem a bit smaller. A story of a man trying to do what is right while feeling like the world is falling in on him at every turn. It is a great example of how to handle all the adversity life throws at us.
Leaves in December?
by Customer - reviewed on December 29, 2009
I don't typically love Mormon pop-culture movies. This one was cute. The principal actors were good. The story was sweet. However, it was impossible to ignore the deep green leaves in nearly every outdoor scene. Be patient, either film in the winter, when the story is supposed to take place, or change the story. Unfortunately, this seemingly small detail destroys the authenticity of an otherwise nice little movie.
Wake me up when it's over.
by Sheila - reviewed on February 04, 2012
I was looking foward to watching this movie, but was really disappointed. The story line was okay, but the characters were very flat and the acting was almost painful to watch. This movie really missed the mark for me and my family and we stopped watching halfway through.
A great tribute to good men and fathers everywhere
by Heather - reviewed on June 14, 2011
This was a very sweet and touching film: A great tribute to good men and fathers everywhere. The characters and situations were very relateable to me. I’ve had similar things happen to me, my family or friends and it made me feel for the family in the movie. This is another great movie made by the same man who did Errand of Angels which I also love.
by Customer - reviewed on December 14, 2009
I loved it. It reminded me that it takes good men everywhere to progress the kingdom of God. Top buy!
by Customer - reviewed on October 22, 2009
I found this movie incredibly touching and I absolutely loved it. I highly recommend to everyone who wants to see an uplifting, wholesome movie. I had no expectations before seeing it and I was extremely pleased.
Well done movie
by Larry - reviewed on January 07, 2010
I suppose that in this day of PG-13 and R rated movies that this movie would seem dull and the acting a little poor, but to me it was excellent and well done. I agree with most of the reviewers that it is a very good movie.
Not One Good Movie
by Manolo - reviewed on October 27, 2009
Though I really wanted to love this film, I couldn't get there. It was like sitting in our living room and listening to meaningless conversations about upcoming events that would all work out. There was nothing noteworthy. It was pointless and, in the end, very dull. It's sad that LDS cinema is losing viewers with each new film. One star.
Didn't Work for Me
by Manolo - reviewed on December 09, 2010
I looked forward to watching this movie and I really wanted to like it (watched it for Family Night even). From the beginning, it appeared to have potential. However, it soon became obvious that the story hadn't been flushed out as well as it could have been. The writers, producers, and director should have taken counsel from someone else--anyone. The result is that it didn't work for me or any member of my family. First off, our hero was first interviewed by the stake president alone. Wrong! The wife would have been at the interview as well. Second, the rebellious daughter wasn't believable. Are we afraid of showing real rebellion on the screen or in a book? Don't you think it would be helpful for some parents with struggling kids to connect with something a little believable? Sadly, at the 15 minute mark, after several comments of "oh brother" and "this stinks," my angelic wife said "Turn it off." Well said. If you're considering watching the film, look for something else.
It's Only Fair.
by Manolo - reviewed on June 22, 2010
The fact is, I had some interest in seeing this film. Excel has put out a lot of films, none of them generating much interest. Contrary to most other such films, the storyline for this film intrigued me, since our daughter was recently married and I had recently been called. Well, we watched it for Family Night a couple of weeks ago. I really wanted to like this film. Other than good photography and music, however, it was not much of a grabber. My kids weren't as kind in their comments. My recently returned missionary son thought it was horrible. My next to go son said it stunk. Even my sweet wife said it was too forced. They all begged me to pull it out after fifteen minutes. We're very picky about the films we watch. But, just because a film might be clean (which we insist), or even put out by LDS people, doesn't make it good. (The Book of Mormon Movie is an example of that.) Sorry, but this was One Mediocre Movie.
UPLIFTING, INSPIRATIONAL, A MUST SEE AGAIN AND AGAIN!!!
by SHIELIA - reviewed on October 28, 2009
I LOVED ONE GOOD MAN. THE WORLD NEED'S TO SEE HOW TRUE LDS PEOPLE LIVE. ONE GOOD MAN INSPIRES, UPLIFTS, AND YOU LEAVE THE THEATER A BETTER PERSON FOR WATCHING IT. IT IS THE PERFECT MISSIONARY TOOL, SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD HAVE NO IDEA WHAT FAMILY LIFE SHOULD. BE LIKE. SO MANY CHILDREN GREW UP WITHOUT FATHERS. THIS IS ABOUT A GREAT MAN THAT PLAYED THE FATHER AND HOW HE DEALT WITH OTHERS WITH CHRISTLIKE COMPASSION. IT SHOW THE ISSUES OF HAVING A TEENAGER THAT WENT ASTRAY, HOW TO MISSIONARY THOSE THAT ARE SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH. HOW TO LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY! ON TOP OF ALL THIS THE ACTING IS AMAZING! I HEAR IT IS A SMALL BUDGET FILM, I WOULD NOT BELIEVE THAT! IT WAS DONE INCREDIBLY WELL!!! A MUST HAVE FAMILY FILM!!
by Customer - reviewed on October 28, 2009
I loved it.....This is a film, not of this world. This is not a Hollywood Special...This is a specail film representing "Special" things. Well casted and left me feeling closer to my Heavenly Father....I have had many people share life changing monments in their lives as a result of this film. A film should be rated for how you feel when its over, not by the make up of the scenes. This took a very special calling and brought it to life in a very real way. Good Job Christian Another Star kwesten
What a wonderful movie
by Bobby - reviewed on October 28, 2009
My wife and I saw this movie when it was in theaters. It's probably the most accurate (aside from maybe Best Two Years) depiction of our culture to date. Having been in the bishopric, this movie really rang true! I'm buying a few copies to give out as Christmas presents this year.
Want to be better, finally a solid male role model
by Customer - reviewed on October 29, 2009
It has been longer that I can remember (LDS or non-LDS film) - where the main MALE character was such a solid person - one I would want to emulate. Our society finds it easy to bash all those 'Good Men' out there - this film resists the trend and celebrates one man's honorable journey through life. Really thought this was one of the most honest films I have ever seen.
Spiritual Liftiing and Realistic
by Paulette - reviewed on November 11, 2009
Fantastic my family loved this movie. So realistic,it shows we all have trails and burdens, it shows the feelings of all friends, family and how we should related to them with true faith, understanding and LOVE. As a parent of three daughters it took great love for his fellow man to miss his daughters temple sealing, but I feel he knew he was giving his new son-in-law a very special gift.
Finally a sincere portrayal of LDS family life
by Peter - reviewed on November 27, 2009
I was able to watch the movie last weekend and have been raving about it ever since. I really appreciated seeing LDS members portrayed without sarcasm and without pushing political or social boundaries. The actors were believable and I was very touched by the story.
A Month in the Life of One Boring Utah Man
by Stephanie - reviewed on January 02, 2010
My husband and I watched this movie together and forced ourselves to watch it to the end. The acting was poor, the story line and plot were very anti-climatic, and the characters themselves were all very boring. The most redeeming aspect about this movie was that it was a very clean movie. So we didn't end up feeling cheated at the end of it. It was a one-timer for sure, but at least it didn't chip away at our morals or values.
One time only
by Coy - reviewed on April 05, 2010
I thought the bishop's acting was convincing, but his family members were a bit light weight. The "Mormon" scenes were well done, but I can't imagine a bishop being dumb enough to go to the bar as a proseletyzing ploy. His wedding decision was a good one. I was disappointed that the job situation was left unresolved. I had hoped he would have stamina enough to resign and find a place in the new company for the man he laid off. Perhaps the writers thought that would be too fairytale-like.
by Guillermo - reviewed on July 09, 2010
The characters in this story touched my heart. It is a movie worth sharing.
Just Sheer Delight
by Glen & Ann - reviewed on August 05, 2012
I yearn to give this gem of a movie ten stars. From beginning scenes to the ending scenes, it simply delights. It is so dang well done--funny, great editing, moving, REAL. No pretense, no bad acting. The casting was fabulous. Proof that LDS Cinema has come into its own: "Redemption" "The Errand of Angels" "Saints and Soldiers" "Forever Strong" "The Book of Jer3miah" "ONE GOOD MAN" Etc. .....