William F. Reed
William F. Reed
Matt is a man who runs from his problems, and in a sense - it's that flaky disposition that ends up being his saving grace. So you see, reader, Matt is again starting fresh, which has led him to Escape Room Austin, where he hopes to find himself a job. A place he can earn some easy money and simply go home - no strings attached. But destiny has something else entirely in store for this young man because this particular job is about to change his life.
After proving his worth to shop owner Terry and a half dozen employees, it seems Matt may have finally found a place and people that's are a little different and worth opening up to. But as luck would have it, Escape Room Austin is on the verge of closing its doors for good. This stems from a little of this, a little of that, and big greedy corporate America trying to take over the world - but all hope is not lost. With the zest of the "new guy" and the love of what Terry's humble escape room has given its staff, Matt proposes a plan to save the shop and keep the family together. So to speak. It's all or nothing as Escape Room Austin's crew attempt the impossible - and save the business. The path to success will be a rough one, but for those who watch "The Good Hearts Club," it's evident that familiarity is this movie's ace in the hole. The short and sweet of this review? Anyone who grew up watching feel-good films from around the 90s will instantly enjoy the ride and be at home here. William F. Reed's film is full of hope, inspiration, and obviously - comedy.
"The Good Hearts Club" is a lower-budget indie film that was done right. It mainly takes place within a single location but adds just enough scenic variety to keep things moving along. Although some of the staple indie hallmarks are present, it just adds to the charm of this flick - and yes, reader, "The Good Hearts Club" has plenty of charm. For me personally? I got a distinct early "Ernest" franchise vibe; obviously, more adult-oriented - I also got a helping of the "American Pie" movies. Hell, this movie even has its own Stifler in the form of the dude who works across the street.
As I wrote above, I feel there's a definite inspiration from older franchises, and honestly? I think that's a good thing. There's a familiarity present when watching "The Good Hearts Club" that acted as a comfort food of sorts. I'm not saying this film is a clone, or anything like that, only that the familiar sense you get when watching makes this film feel slicker than it probably is. I'll be honest and write that this movie gets better and better as it progresses. I know that's said a lot within movie reviews, "It gets better at the end." In this case, however, it really does. As I watched the film, my estimated rating continued to grow, and as the credits drew closer and closer, I was pulled in more and more. Usually, it's the other way around, and as a film progresses, it begins to lag and drag. For "The Good Hearts Club," the opposite took place. Again, I'm not saying this is a perfect film, but the more you watch, the more you'll enjoy it. Of that, I'm sure.
When it's all said and done, I ended up really enjoying this movie. William F. Reed and his troupe have put together a great feel-good film that will probably be especially appreciated by those thirty and over. That's not to write that there is nothing for the current generation, "The Good Hearts Club" offers a little something for everyone. It also doesn't hurt that this flick features some good performances, either. Personally? The more I watched, the more I liked - so why not give it a go yourself? Three and a half stars. Well done.