Good Grief is the newest Netflix project from actor, writer, and debut director Dan Levy, featuring a poignant story of love and loss with a gay lens.
There have been a lot of firsts for LGBTQ+ content in the last few years, and it only makes sense that we see another from the talent behind Schitt’s Creek. Dan Levy will be making his directorial debut with Good Grief, a film full of humor and heart that is coming to Netflix in the near future. What we know for sure is this film will make us laugh, cry, and rejoice in the honesty of Levy’s honest depiction of LGBTQ+ life.
The film promises a later-in-life coming-of-age tale that takes shape in the form of a getaway to Paris after the loss of two loved ones. Good Grief is a romantic comedy, drama, and cautionary tale wrapped into one, and we’re so excited to watch Dan Levy star in a project he has full creative control over. If Good Grief has an ounce of the humor found in Schitt’s Creek, we’re certain this movie will be a hit! So let’s take a look at what we know about Good Grief and when we could see it arrive on Netflix.
Good Grief: The Plot
Good Grief is set to follow Marc Dreyfus, a gay man whose life becomes a series of tragedies following his mother’s death. To avoid his grief, Marc marries and unexpectedly loses his husband as well. Following these two devastating losses, Marc and his friends journey to Paris to heal. Good Grief has all the makings of a tragedy and a romance film, and with Dan Levy behind it, we’re excited to see how the story unfolds. Dan Levy shared his thoughts in an interview about the film, which sheds more light on the heart of the story, and the man behind it. With Good Grief’s story coming from a place so close to Levy’s heart, we can only imagine how moving the final film will be.
Good Grief: The Cast & Crew
The most publicized star of Good Grief is of course its creator, Dan Levy. Levy will be the writer, executive producer, lead actor, and will be making his directorial debut with Good Grief. With so many roles on his plate, it’s no wonder Levy is a rising star. He’s proven in the past that he can handle many aspects of creating a successful show, so we’re excited to see how Good Grief turns out with him at the helm.
In addition to Levy, Good Grief features many other talented actors in starring roles. Luke Evans, perhaps best known for his role as Gaston in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, will be a featured role in the film. David Bradley (Harry Potter), Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Himesh Patel (Yesterday), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and many more will appear in Good Grief, though their roles are yet to be announced.
The crew behind Good Grief is just as talented. Debra Hayward will be producing, coming from a background of box office hits like Les Miserables, Ghosts, and About a Boy. Cinematography will be done by Ole Bratt Birkeland, who is best known for his work on Judy and American Animals. Editor Jonathan Corn will be on the team as well, with successes like The Adam Project and Fatherhood under his belt.
The film Good Grief is the first partnership between Dan Levy’s production company Not a Real Production Company and Netflix. It seems there may be more collaborations between the two companies in the future, especially after the success of Schitt’s Creek. While the television series has departed from America’s Netflix service, it remains popular on its new streaming platform Hulu. Overall, Good Grief has a fantastic team, and we can’t wait to see it when it releases on Netflix.
Production has just concluded on Good Grief, with post-production underway now. There are plans for the film to release in 2023, but with no official statements from Netflix, we will just have to wait to see this feature when it comes to the streaming network.