You Might as Well Live

You Might As Well Live is a 2009 Canadian comedy film directed by Simon Ennis. The film stars Joshua Peace as Robert Mutt, an unsuccessful slacker who has just been released from the hospital following a suicide attempt and is on a quest to transform his life after experiencing a vision of baseball legend Clinton Manitoba telling him that the three keys to success in life are to "get money, a girlfriend and a championship ring." The film’s title comes from the poem "Resumé", by Dorothy Parker.

You Might as Well Live
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Film poster
Directed bySimon Ennis
Written by
  • Simon Enni
  • Joshua Peace
Produced by
  • Jonas Bell Pasht
  • Ari Lantos
CinematographyJonathan Bensimon
Edited byMatt Lyon
Music byDon MacDonald
Distributed byE1 Entertainment
Release date
  • January 2009 (2009-01) (Sundance)
  • August 28, 2009 (2009-08-28) (Canada)
Running time
78 minutes



Critical receptionEdit

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 67% based on 6 reviews, and an average rating of 5.5/10.[1]

Variety's Dennis Harvey gave the film a mostly positive review, remarking that the film was "a promising first-feature collaboration for director Simon Ennis and co-writer/star Joshua Peace", and noted that "[w]hile it's seldom uproarious, there's steady amusement".[2] Katherine Monk of the Edmonton Journal called the film an "overlong comedy sketch", but opined that it was redeemed by strong acting.[3]


The film's make-up team, Robbi O'Quinn and Leanne Morrison, received a Genie Award nomination for Best Makeup at the 30th Genie Awards.[4]


  1. ^ "You Might as Well Live (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Dennis Harvey (September 10, 2009). "Review: 'You Might as Well Live'". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Smart acting redeems overlong comedy sketch". Edmonton Journal, December 11, 2009.
  4. ^ Knegt, Peter (March 2, 2010). "Canada's Genies Toast "Polytechnique," Snub "Mother"". IndieWire. Retrieved August 27, 2019.

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