Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Comedy The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Cast: Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, David Koechner, Kathryn Hahn, James Brolin, Alan Thicke, and Ed Helms. 

Plot: Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) and his crew of car salesmen (David Koechner, Kathryn Hahn, and Ving Rhames) are hired by Ben Selleck (James Brolin) of Selleck Motors. At first they are hired just to help with business over Memorial Day weekend. Their first day goes well and they sell plenty of cars. Don starts to get a little sweet on Selleck’s daughter Ivy, but she is already engaged to Paxton Harding (Ed Helms) who is in a “man band” with two of his other friends. Paxton’s dad, played by Alan Thicke, makes a deal with Selleck that if he can’t sell every car on his lot then he has to sell the company over to him. Selleck is going to need Don and his team, as well as his employees to help save the dealership.

Breakdown: The movie offers up some laugh out loud moments but not enough of them. Some of the jokes fall flat and just aren’t really funny. Also there isn’t much of a story here. I mean yes there is some plot but overall this movie is relying on the plot of the movie. Some of the cast seems like there just in this for the paycheck while others make the best out of their performances.

Performances: Jeremy Piven is the perfect choice for Don Ready. He is basically playing the character he plays on Entourage but it doesn’t really matter because he makes us like the character. Even though Piven does a fine job this movie really relys on the supporting cast to make it funny. Koechner, Hahn, and Rhames all do fine jobs in their roles. They mostly steal the show in all of their scenes and provide most of the laughs. Ed Helms, who was also in The Hangover, isn’t really all that funny here. Other than him being in a “man band” he doesn’t offer a whole lot. Craig Robinson also steals all of his scenes as a DJ hired to provide music for the weekend car sale. You can assume that he steals all of his scenes since he does in all of his movies. And lastly we have a cameo from Will Ferrell, who also produces the movie. His cameo in Wedding Crashers was better but here he still gets a few laughs.

Overall: The Goods isn’t one of the best comedies of the year but its definitely not the worst. It has enough laugh out loud moments and one-liners to satisfy the fans of R-rated comedies.

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