Movie Review: The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
Don Ready has built his career on helping failing car dealerships save the business with 4 day selling strategizing extravaganzas. Everything is going as it usually does until Don falls for the business owner’s engaged daughter. Can he win her over? Can she or his friends mend his damaged heart?
It’s a good enough sounding plot fleshed out by an all-star cast known for their comedy abilities–Jeremy Piven, Ken Jeong, and Ed Helms among them. Unfortunately, it suffers from a bad script and falls flat. Attempts at being funny just induce cringes. The characters either lack motivation entirely or their motivation is so overly contrived that it lacks believability. For instance, we’re supposed to believe that Don Ready was wounded when as a child he traded a ball you sit and hop on for one of those peddle cars in the hopes of getting the attention of a neighbor girl, only to have her still like the other boy better. Um. Ok. I don’t think 7 year olds really think like that…..
Anyone who reads my blog knows that I don’t have a pc sense of humor. I’m not uptight by any means, but I do think there’s a line, and The Goods really crosses it with one situation that is repeatedly played for humor. The used car lot owner has a 10 year old son who has a pituitary problem that gives him the body of a 20 something. One of the female characters is very attracted to him and repeatedly tries to bed him. Although the other characters all scold her and tell her to lay off, the audience is clearly supposed to laugh at this. Child abuse is not funny. Ever.
Fortunately Ed Helms of The Office is around to save things. His scenes are all actually amusing, and we get the chance to sample his singing talents, which are always enjoyable.
Overall, the movie isn’t horrible, it just isn’t worth the time. I’d like those 90 minutes of my life back, please. If you’re looking for bawdy humor, check out The Hangover or Superbad and skip this one.
2 out of 5 stars