Such Good People is a 2014 American feature film comedy from director by Stewart Wade, screenwriter David Michael Barrett, and editor David Avallone, who produced the film under their banner, Such Good Productions. The picture had its world premiere at MiFo: Miami Fort Lauderdale LGBT Film Festival on May 9, 2014 at the historic Colony Theater on Lincoln Road.
A screwball comedy, Such Good People tells the story of Richard (Michael Urie) and Alex (Randy Harrison) who, while house-sitting for rich humanitarian friends, find a huge stash of cash in the residence. When the homeowners die in a car crash, altruism and greed collide as Richard and Alex try to decide what to do with the money.
Michael Urie as Richard
Randy Harrison as Alex
James Urbaniak as Cooper
Scott Wolf as Jake
Ana Ortiz as Det. Kershman
Carrie Wiita as Paige
Rick Overton as Sidney
Kate Reinders as Chloe
Lance Bass as Stuart
Tom Lenk as Logan
Mitch Silpa as Olivier
Alec Mapa as Jigme
Drew Droege as Clay
Tania Gunadi as Priti
Kee Chan as Chana Dorje
Forrest Wheeler as Little Kuenlay/Little Kuenphay
Producers David Avallone, David Michael Barrett and Stewart Wade cast the movie with actors well known to LGBT audiences. Michael Urie, who plays “Richard,” was one of the stars of Ugly Betty. In fact, several cast members of Such Good People appeared on Ugly Betty, including Ana Ortiz (also from Devious Maids), comedian Alec Mapa (who also appeared in Stewart Wade’s film Tru Loved), and Broadway star Kate Reinders. Randy Harrison, who plays “Alex,” is best known for starring in the groundbreaking Showtime series, Queer as Folk. Other cast members well known to LGBT audiences are Lance Bass, (former member of NSYNC), Mitch Silpa, (Bridesmaids), Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and the hardest working gay actor in show business, Drew Droege. Additionally, the movie has comedy heavyweights James Urbaniak (Henry Fool), Carrie Wiita, Tania Gunadi and improv legend Rick Overton (Groundhog Day). Forrest Wheeler from Fresh Off the Boat and one of the biggest TV stars from the 1990s, Scott Wolf from Party of Five, join the remarkable Kee Chan (Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith) to round out the cast. Notable cameos include: Adam Huss (Power), Adam Bucci (Eastsiders), Jason-Shane Scott (One Life to Live), Jeff Marchelletta, Ryan Spahn, John Halbach (Eastsiders), Allison Lane (Going Down in LA-LA Land) and Mario Diaz (Club King). Editor-producer David Avallone also makes a cameo, in the role of “Sketchy Man.”
Young couple Richard (Michael Urie) and Alex (Randy Harrison) want what everyone wants: career, kids and a gorgeous home in L.A. But it all seems so impossible until they crash a party at Edendale, their dream house, owned by Jake (Scott Wolf) and Chloe (Kate Reinders), who are hosting a fundraiser for the orphans of Bhutan. Richard and Alex hit it off with the hosts, and while house-sitting for them, discover a secret room filled with a million in cash.
When Jake and Chloe die in a "rickshaw accident" overseas, Richard and Alex worry the cash might not go to the orphans, so they break into Edendale and take the money. They earnestly try to donate the money to Jigme Wangchuck (Alec Mapa), the deputy ambassador of the Embassy of Bhutan, and his assistant Priti Khagda (Tania Gunadi). But the Embassy officials, thinking they’re being set up, refuse the money. So Richard and Alex deposit the cash, find another charity, and end up writing a check to "The Porpoise Purpose," headed by Stuart Hendron (Lance Bass) and his assistant Olivier (Mitch Silpa).
Just then, they learn from their Realtor, Logan, (Tom Lenk), that Edendale is now on the market. They really want it but have given the money to the porpoise charity—so they stop payment on the check and the money as down payment on the house, intending to repay the charity by taking out a second mortgage once escrow closes.
But tough yet savvy LAPD Detective Dianne Kershman (Ana Ortiz) sees things differently. She tells Richard and Alex that Jake and Chloe were in fact murdered. Worried the killers must be after the money, they panic and confide in Alex's half-sister, Paige (Carrie Wiita) and her husband, Cooper (James Urbaniak) who are therapists and RX drug dealers. Paige and Cooper realize the money Jake had owed them somehow ended up with Richard and Alex, who they convince to take out the second—in cash. And after an ill-fated labradoodle kidnapping and hostage stand-off, Paige and Cooper discover the money hidden in the house and take it.
Shattered, Richard and Alex do in fact sell Edendale. They repay the Porpoise Purpose as Det. Kershman had pretty much guaranteed jail-time if they didn't. Richard and Alex then learn from Jake and Chloe’s questionable Buddhist lawyer Sidney (Rick Overton) that they were in possession of a rare Bhutanese artifact of Jake and Chloe's, the Kuntu Zangpo, worth $10 million, which Paige and Cooper also took. They interrupt Paige and Cooper's black market sale to art dealer Clay Hampton (Drew Droege), and get them—and Sidney—to confess. Det. Kershman rushes in, arrests Paige and Cooper for, among other things, drug dealing. She thanks Richard and Alex for helping with the sting.
The chastened couple flies to Bhutan and returns the $10 million tchotchke to the orphanage, run by Buddhist monk Chana Dorje (Kee Chan) and they finally get their wish—they adopt a young boy, Kuenphay (Forrest Wheeler). They couldn't be happier. Well, maybe they would – if they had a house.
After a Kickstarter campaign to raise initial funds, Such Good People went into production on May 22, 2013 for a 16-day shoot in Los Angeles. In addition to director Stewart Wade, screenwriter David Michael Barrett and editor David Avallone, other key members of the production team were cinematographer Pierluigi Malavasi, composer Jonathan Dinerstein, and line producer Christine Triebel and Production Manager was Nicole Ettinger. Production Designer was Roman Udalov, Art Direction was by Dare Williams, Costume Design was by Cari Avila, Hair and Makeup was by Kat Laskey. The "Kuntu Zangpo" was created and designed by Harwood Lee, of Commercial Costumes. The house prominently featured in the movie, "Edendale," is in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, and is owned by writer/producer David Michael Barrett.
At the conclusion of Such Good People's worldwide festival run, the movie sold to Breaking Glass Entertainment who are distributing the movie on DVD, Blu-ray as well as streaming online streaming platforms Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube and Google Play Movies and others all over the world.