A crime drama is a crime drama is a crime drama, but when you can fashion one, in a modern setting, that's really something different, then you've done something special. Well, that's what Kristopher Hardy and Lance Lee Davis have done with Good Chemistry.
Good Chemistry is the story of Tobey, a teacher who's driving home one night when he comes across an attractive hitch-hiker who he stops to pick up. Her car has broken down and Tobey is going to play the good Samaritan. There's an almost instant connection between the two, but all that changes when they pick up Jeff, her boyfriend who's been walking for help. Well, one turn leads to another and Tobey suddenly finds himself held captive by the two, who are in debt to some drug dealers. It seems that the two intend to use Tobey to get where they're going where they'll most likely let him go, that is, until the car they were heading to collect turns out to be as broken down as the one they just left behind. That leaves them in a bit of a mess, and, when they learn that Tobey is a chemistry teacher, Tobey's luck goes from bad to worse. The pair have decided that they can use Tobey to make some synthetic heroin that will be used to pay off their debts to the dealers.
Good Chemistry is part crime movie, part dark drama and part love story and a great mix of all three genres. While Davis plays Tobey as a totally idealistic sap until near the end, it's really his performance that holds the movie together. The audience is really in this with Tobey as he goes from the idealistic guy who just wants to make sure he gets to work in the morning, to the guy who has to do some very harsh things to, first, get away from the bad guys, and, second, to save the woman he's grown to love from them. You can find out more about Good Chemistry by heading over to the Good Chemistry web site and grab a copy for yourself. I'm giving Good Chemistry three and a half out of four cigars, because it's not perfect, but you'll definitely find yourself sucked into Tobey's plight and, eventually, rooting for him to win. So, until next time, when I'll be attempting to chemically create synthetic Twinkees, remember that the best movies are bad movies.