This movie, the Godfather of Green Bay, has been called mainly two things: a super corky local film based on the Midwest town of Green Bay. Plus, a seemingly mediocre comedy indie movie that doesn’t develop correctly and eventually delivers many weird moments that many people have considered funny, but other have found totally inexperienced tries of being hilarious when clearly, they’re not.

The cast of this movie is a total mixed bag, with actors from every place, trying different accents and acting like it was an improvisation from a mediocre theater group from Los Angeles on a Monday. However, there are still many things to save on those performances, even when critics may not find them appeal able, they still deliver some corky and semi-funny jokes and situations that make the movie a little passable, at least.

Pete Schwaba, Filmmaker of The Movie

On the other hand, the responsible for this movie was Pete Schwaba, the director, and writer of the movie. He also portrayed the character Joe Keegan, a nicely mannered but mediocre comic who hasn’t been able to be famous but at least has some great fans around. However, the movie mainly focuses on his misadventures, especially when he goes to one stand-up comedy show called the “Rocktoberfest” in Wisconsin, in search of more popularity and even an opportunity to be seen by a comedy scout.

Even though Pete Schwaba was a beginning as a director with this semi-autobiographical comedy/drama, he did a fairly “not bad” job directing, which makes it a little great for someone who didn’t have any experience before. Even so, this movie was filmed in Marinette, Wisconsin, with a budget of less than 1 million dollars even though he had some stars in his cast and some of the things inside the movie were a little impressive, but just a little, not bad at least.

The Godfather Of ‘Convenient Plots’the godfather of green bay poster

This movie, an independent indie one with some great scenes that may not be as funny as everyone would want, they still make a good point in making the easiest audience giggle. As we’ve said it before, this movie is about Joe Keegan, a man, who is a comic that’s trying, along with an old friend of his, to enter a Tonight Show bar in Wisconsin in search of more popularity and the opportunity of being seen by a comedian scout in the annual “Rocktoberfest”.

His friend, Kenny, who went to the bar with him, tells him that this is a “can’t miss” opportunity for him to become a great comic. That if he wants to become one stand-up popular guy, he will have to perform in front of some people and most importantly, in front of Harvey Skorik, the scout who’s in search of great comedians. So, as a desperate comic who wants to have a better career, he goes there, to the Pine Lake roadside Bar in Wisconsin from L.A, where he’s at when his friend calls him.

Then, when he arrives in Wisconsin, he gets to meet his former English teacher from High School, the beautiful and seemingly sad Molly Mahoney (Lauren Holly), who hasn’t had a great life either, just coming from a breakage in her former marriage and finding everything so reluctantly empty. But now, as she meets Joe, everything changes for both as they start to get really affectionate with each other.

The thing is, Joe just want to prove everybody that he’s a great comic, someone that can make people laugh, but due to his desperate try and a little-misguided effort, he ends up in a problem… As he tries to be with Molly, he finds out that she’s not someone easy to be with, mainly because she was previously dating a thug drug dealer (Tony Goldwyn), who now wants Joe dead for messing with his girl.

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Even though the problem comes from being with Molly, he realizes that she’s who he wants to be with him, that his life hasn’t been as bad as he thinks and that being a comic is something big he could achieve, but not everything he wants. So, as the girl makes him more confident about his talent, he goes for his prize in front of one of the hardest crowds he ever encountered – packer fans, some deer hunters from the area and who we previously talked about – Jake Norquist, the Godfather of Green Bay, a football star from High School that eventually became one of the most powerful drug dealers in the city, but who’s in blind love with Molly.

As you see, the movie is all about a failing, almost popular but not enough comic from L.A who’s trying his best to be recognized in a place where he eventually meets a former love of his life but everything gets all blurry when he eventually messes up by mistake with the mafia and angers the Godfather, the chief and most dangerous man from this place.

However, even when it seems normal, the problem was that Molly was conveniently working at the hotel he stayed at, even so, she gets to attend him as the only mistress and they immediately recognized each other. The worst part is about Norquist, the bad man from the movie actually had some big problems with him when they were little, and now he wants to set everything up when the comic messes with his girl.

Doesn’t all this seem a little overly-farfetched? Like everything was conveniently made in order to make the movie have a plot, which at the end doesn’t deliver anything more than just bad comedy? Well, not that bad at least… It can make you laugh, especially is you are an easy-giggling person who likes little jokes and overly-acted cinema about a misunderstood comic who falls in love with an almost miserable girl.

Why Is It Good Enough…

When you make a movie for the first time, it is almost inevitable to cast a different kind of actors, from experienced ones to first-time-appearing ones who will both underperform or overperform, and even hit the spot if they’re good. That was what happened with Pete Schwaba especially in this online hd movie, and the other actors as well.

Schwaba did pretty good as Joe, but sometimes it felt like he was losing the composure and going a little off his own script, trying to improvise situations or just losing the grasp of what he was trying to tell in the first place. On the other hand, Lauren Holly did an awesomely off the mark acting in the movie as Molly. Even though she was Joe teacher in the past, she actually looks younger than him, but what can we say about it? It is a comedy at the end…

So, with the other actors, like Goldwyn, what can we say? He did “good”, yes. He didn’t force himself into the role and neither did he make a bad impression as a thug. However, the character, mainly the character personality was a little off of what we think Goldwyn was actually used to do. Especially because of his Macarena “skills”, where the movie lost a little credibility and started to be some ridiculous act, even though, it will be funny for some people who like to see badass character dancing to the rhythm of an old Latin song.

The actors were not the bad thing about the movie, as we already made that point. The worst of this mediocre film was the script and direction, even when it seems totally fine and eventually a little simple, Schwaba could have done a much better thing with it.

The Godfather of Green Bay – All in One Comic

Especially the story, it was all about a comic trying to rediscover what he likes about life and what made him a comic in the first place. However, you still can see him totally away from the thought of being recognized as a good stand-up comic and falling in love with a girl who has an ex-“boyfriend” who’s a thug and now wants to kill the main character.

It is like watching two movies at the same time, or even three! A comic trying to be a comic, a love story about a student and his former teacher, plus a drug dealer trying to kill the man that’s stealing his girlfriend and it is a little disastrous at the end…

The movie starts to fail when the montages take too long and the movie gets boring in certain moments. Some scenes are totally unnecessary and others are so long that you may even lose the sense of what’s happening. Schwaba as a director is not the greatest, as we already knew that, however, his jump cuts, sped-up unnecessary action and some freeze-frames seem totally off and of course, were a big sample of his inexperience.

For a movie that was called “The Godfather of Green Bay”, you could totally lose the title and what it was referring to and still have a better movie, without that vengeance plot and a little more comedy in the final cut instead. This would make a better movie, instead of making it seem like it was all patched-up from three different ones in search of more comedy feeling that didn’t have much to say at the end.

The Godfather of Green Bay Can Entertain!

However, at the end, the (now) movie wasn’t as bad as it seems. If you want to watch it on a Sunday afternoon, it would be a great idea, even though there are far better free online hd movies on the net.

The idea wasn’t bad at all, especially about the comic and his life being a “disaster”, but the last half of the movie was totally off, and the thug could be deleted and still make a better impression. But if you want to have some laughs, it can still make you giggle and have a little fun.

So, the Godfather of Green Bay may not be a perfect movie, but can still entertain, and that’s enough for a comedy that comes from the hand of an inexperienced lead actor and director.

tony goldwyn

Tony Goldwyn was born on May 20th of 1960 in Los Angeles, California. He is an actor, director, and producer for film, TV series and many other projects. He started as a movie actor when he was 26 years old, in the movie “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th part VI” where he portrayed Darren, a character who didn’t have much time on screen.

But he actually began as an actor in theaters. He spent 7 years at the Williamstown Theater Festival in New York. He portrayed main characters on plays like “The Water’s Edge”, “The Dying Gaul”, “Holiday” and many others. All in pretty big places like the Vineyard Theater, the Circle Square, the 2nd Stage Theater and even the Cherry Lane Theater where he could win an Obie Award for his role in “The Sum of Us”.

Getting Noticed – Tony Goldwyn

Even though he became a movie actor at 26 years old, he didn’t get a great role until he could gain people’s attention in the 1990’s drama “Ghost” where he played Carl Bruner, alongside other great actors like Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg and directed by Jerry Zucker, where he started to be recognized as a good actor and eventually started to gain much more approval in the industry.

Good Roles Coming In…

After that, he started to get pretty good roles in movies likeThe Godfather of Green Bay” , “The Pelican Brief” alongside actors like Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, “Nixon” from Oliver Stone’s hand and even “The Last Samurai” with Tom Cruise, and one of the biggest remake of Wes Craven’s classics “The Last House on the Left”.

He has been the voice and skin of many good characters. He played the voice of Tarzan in the old movie from 1998 and even starred in blockbuster movies like “The 6th Day” alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.

TV Shows Take Big Part In The Acting Portfolio – Tony Goldwyn

On the other hand, he’s been able to be cast in great series like “Dexter”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, the HBO super Mini-Series “From The Earth to The Moon”, “Without a Trace”, “Frasier”, “The L Word”, “Designing Women”, and many others. However, many of these roles were astonishingly good, especially the one from “Designing Women” where he played the first AIDS victim.

tony goldwyn in dexter tv show

Tony Goldwyn in Dexter

Now, he plays the President Fitzgerald Grant in the series “Scandal” which is now in its fourth season and counting. Also, he’s been called to portray Adam in the Susan Walter’s comedy “A Little Something for your Birthdaywhich is going to be released this 2017.

Although he’s mainly known for acting, he has also produced but most importantly, he’s directed pretty good movies and various episodes from different TV series. Among the movies he’s directed, we can name his first directorial debut which was “A Walk on the Moon” with actors like Diane Lane and the increasingly famous Viggo Mortensen. This film was premiered at the 1999 Sundance Festival and was praised by critics as one emotional and very appealable romance film.

Directing Movies

He has also directed some other movies like “Someone Like You” with Greg Kinnear and Ashley Judd, plus “The Last Kiss” which was released on 2005 and had actors like Zach Braff, Jacinda Barret, and Rachel Bilson. This movie was pretty good and earned him an award from the Boston Film Festival as the Best Director. Even so, his last effort as a director was in 2010 with the movie “Conviction” that was played by Hillary Swank and earned her a SAG Award nomination, also, Goldwyn won the Freedom of Expression honor for the movie from the Boston Film Festival.

Directing Series

He has also directed pretty big TV series like his last job as a TV series character “Scandal” in three seasons. He also directed “Dexter”, “Justified”, “Law & Order”, “The L Word”, and “Grey’s Anatomy” and many others. However, he has been creating big ideas and projects alongside other colleagues, among them, we can name “The Divide” for AMC Studies where he also directed and produced.

Live & Upcoming Projects

Lately, he’s been in movies like Divergent, Insurgent, and The Mechanic. He’s been making pretty good movies and will keep doing it. However, he’s also a great Philanthropist who has donated a lot of money for many good causes and is an Ambassador for the relief organization of Americares, plus being a Trustee for the 2nd stage Theater in New York, making him not only a successful actor but a wonderful person.

pete schwaba filmmaker picture

Pete Schwaba was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He grew at in Portage Park and moved to Wisconsin when he was already a junior high-school student. That’s where his first movie “The Godfather of Green Bay” was based on and where he happened to live most of his teenage and college years, so it is not a mystery why he likes that part of the country so bad.

Then, before finishing college he went to Chicago again and graduated from the DePaul college, after that, he lived there until his late twenties and eventually moved to L.A in his first thirties. That’s where he started his career as a director and an actor. Living in L.A for more than twenty years have given Pete another view about movies, especially because he’s lived there enough to become a director.

Indie Filmmaker With Comedian Roots

Even though he’s more inclined towards movies, he was actually a comic, a stand-up comedian from Wisconsin who tried hard to be recognized. However, he started in DePaul, Chicago in his twenties. He actually started in a contest at his college and won the big prize as a comedian, so, he started to see it as a way of life because he liked it enough.

Now, he has even directed and acted his own semi-biographical movie that compliments his own life a lot. He wrote that movie called “The Godfather of Green Bay” in the first months of 2003, to eventually make it real a year later and going out in cinemas in 2005.

The movie, as his life goes, is all about a comic from L.A who’s trying to make his life have a sense of purpose with that field of work, comedy. He goes to the roadside bars of Wisconsin to perform in order to get famous and recognized, but everything is not as easy as he thinks. He has said that his life was pretty much as it was in the movie, going from hotel, motels and checking rooms to other motels and hotels or checking rooms looking for great bars to perform and make people laugh, but it wasn’t easy.

So, he was eventually drawn to that feeling on the road, of what he experienced in his early years as a comedian and what made him write that movie. He wrote about what he knew the most – being a comedian and living on the road, not as a homeless man, but more as a guy in search of popularity and a way of living.

Preparing The Godfather of Green Bay Movie

He actually started this script when he was in Chicago still, along with a friend of his Noah Garber. the godfather of green bay posterThey both had the script already finished, but neither of these two men happened to know what to do with it. Actually, not knowing what to do with a script taught him to become a better writer, as now he needed someone to read it and make it happen.

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However, it wasn’t the first time he chose to write something. As he already had some good script sold to Warner Bros and MGM. The first one, sold to MGM was called “A Guy Thing”, a movie he wrote in 2002 and was directed by Chris Koch to be released in 2003. This movie was greatly known as a good comedy around the world, making him a little more recognized among the comedy field.

Pete Schwaba Breakthrough in Hollywood

After that, he wrote “Dream Girl” in 2003 and sold it to Warner Brothers. This movie was totally under the radar, but still made a good point about how decided he was about writing his own movie. Then, one year later he finished writing his own movie about himself “The Godfather of Green Bay” who has become his first directed and acted movie from his career, and now, the movie by which he’s most recognized by.

This was a movie he really wanted to write and make happen. Something he did eventually. However, it wasn’t his last movie, as he later wrote and directed another movie, but this one didn’t get as much praise as The Godfather of Green Bay.

This movie, called “The Disco Principal” released in 2009, didn’t even get into cinemas of the US. Only about two or three on L.A could air this movie. However, it didn’t mean it was bad, it just didn’t have the necessary commercial value it should.

Moreover, Pete could later become one great script writer and a good director. He’s been called one of the funniest comedians who has entrepreneurs into the world of cinema with comedies which have traveled around the world.

To make all this happen, he just needed people to fund his projects. And as he’s said before, the only people who could fund h is projects, were people as crazy as him. He made all these possible thanks to his family, friends, and co-workers. People who he had known his whole life helped him achieved what he always wanted – his own movie about his own life.

Comedian To The Bone

Moreover, he’s also been writing more comedies now. He’s been talking about some great college comedies about, also, his own life, things that he could relate too. He’s said that he wants to make movies about his life at DePaul, movie that could depict what he felt and did while he was there, and how he began as a comedian.

However, to make all this happen he will need more and more people than before. He’s said that he’s waiting for the right talent to come and help him make all this happen. He needs great actors, cameramen, producers and much more.

Even though he’s just an independent director and actor, he’s been praised for being one intelligent and funny comedian, something that not many people have been able to achieve. Schwaba has managed to live in three different cities in the US, but his movies have developed a much larger tourist VISA.