In this odd couple tale set in the American west, Cohen Holloway (Until Proven Innocent, Boy) plays an outlaw who abducts an upper class Brit. Calamity ensues when the hardman fails to have his wicked way with her. The self-funded film screened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, winning praise from critic Leonard Maltin. While Utu took the Western genre and applied it to NZ's colonial history, Good for Nothing mines South Island scenery for the first 'Pavlova Western'. Long-time Weta staffer Mike Wallis directs; and the rousing score is by composer John Psathas.
Laugh out loud funny ... all the unspoken truths of the Old West — bad oral hygiene, unspeakable pain and, as the Gene Wilder of Blazing Saddles put it so succinctly, morons — are exploited for great comic effect, against a rather spectacularly ersatz Old West.– Variety, 07 March 2012 review