Yara Martinez, Joel Johnstone, Andrea Londo, Sharinna Allan, Haas Manning, Nick Creegan, Nicholas Cirillo, Priscilla Lopez, Tibor Feldman, Joseph Melendez, Gopal Divan
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Nicole Gomez Fisher
Movie Review: Good Egg
The complexities of fertility treatment are at the heart and humor of writer/director Nicole Gomez Fisher's adventure comedy Good Egg, an inspired indie currently on its festival run with several fests already under its belt including Bentonville, Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, Vail Film Festival, and Cinequest among others.
The film stars Yara Martinez (Bull, Jane the Virgin) as Jessica, a warm-hearted high school drama teacher whose biological clock is ticking but whose body isn't quite cooperating with her desire to experience motherhood alongside hubby Gordon (Joel Johnstone, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). After more than her share of in vitro disappointments, it appears that alternative options will have to be explored.
Through a variety of twists of complicated fate, Jessica crosses paths with Bridget (Andrea Londo, Narcos) and we're all off on a spirited adventure that's, well, fertile territory for an abundance of heart, humor, adventure, and hijinks galore.
Known for Sleeping With the Fishes, Nicole Gomez Fisher has crafted a genuinely entertaining yet meaningful film inspired, at least somewhat so, by her own experiences and by the 7.3 million plus couples in the U.S. alone who struggle with infertility. While likely not always resulting in the kind of mayhem that unfolds here, it's pretty clear throughout Good Egg that Fisher is out to tell a story that tackles a difficult subject in an accessible way.
Yara Martinez is a delight as Jessica, embodying her with both the sincerity and silliness necessary to bring this story to life. While there's humor in abundance here, infertility itself is certainly never treated as a joke and it's that ability to infuse the story with a heartfelt center that makes the film work so wonderfully. Joel Johnstone similarly shines as the IT nerd hubby tasked with intervening in this unexpected adventure. As Bridge, Andrea Londo gives Good Egg a lot of its outlandishness yet does so in a way that never feels too much over the top.
Indeed, there's a hopefulness throughout Good Egg that is essential to its success and that helps to turn this indie gem into such an enjoyable film. D.P. Eun-Ah Lee's lensing is crisp and lively throughout and James Bartol's production design is equally impressive.
However, much of the success of Good Egg must be attributed to Nicole Gomez Fisher herself. Able to balance humor and humanity with a seriously awesome adventure, Fisher gives us a film that will resonate with millions of couples who've struggled to remember hope in their infertility struggles while also entertaining millions more who will simply appreciate a really good film.
Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic