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Nice Guy Johnny (2010)

Matt Bush , Kerry Bishé , Edward Burns  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Matt Bush, Kerry Bishé, Max Baker
  • Directors: Edward Burns
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y7F1NM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Award-winning writer-director-actor Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan, She s The One with Jennifer Aniston) returns with Nice Guy Johnny, his most romantic comedy in years. Johnny (Matt Bush of Adventureland) is engaged to a girl who demands he drop his dream gig as a sports radio deejay and work for her dad in the cardboard box industry. But the bed-hopping, fun-loving Uncle Terry (Burns) has different plans and soon whisks away Johnny to the Hamptons for a lost weekend where his nephew can find some fun. Beautiful tennis pro Brooke (Kerry Bishe, giving what the Hollywood Reporter calls a winning performance ) soon tempts Johnny to serve up a little pleasure and figure out exactly what being a nice guy really means. Nice Guy Johnny shows Burns delivering another gem in the tradition of his heroes Woody Allen and Francois Truffaut.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Gem of a Film December 2, 2010
NICE GUY JOHNNY is another offbeat, casual story written and directed by the inimitable Edward Burns. It boasts a good story, some very fine actors, and carries a message that we all too often forget. This is that polished little gem of a film that surprises the viewer with its quiet manner and message.

Johnny Rizzo (Matt Bush, a VERY promising your actor) spends his nights as a radio sports talk show host, a career he loves but one that his fiancée Claire (Anna Wood) feels is not a money maker and has made Johnny promise that if by age 25 he does not make at least $50,000. a year, he must go to work in a cardboard factory. That time has come and Johnny reluctantly prepares for his interview for the 'new job'. Johnny is nice, loves, Claire, but is frustrated at the promise he's made. Enter Johnny's philandering Uncle Terry (Ed Burns) who wants Johnny to stay with his dream of being a radio host and in order to try to dissuade the ardently faithful Johnny, Uncle Terry invites him for a weekend at the Hamptons. There Terry, unknown to Johnny, uses the home of one of his married 'regulars' and encourages Johnny to have a last fling before his upcoming marriage and before he goes for an interview for the cardboard job. Johnny is nice and respectful and will not jeopardize his relationship with Claire. But he meets a tennis pro Brooke (Kerry Bishé) and soon finds himself in an innocent but apparently compromising position with Brooke: Brooke respects Johnny's engagement status but finds him different and more real and honest than most men and tries her best to win him over. But Johnny rides the waves of discontent his night away form Claire cause, and at Terry's insistence and Brooke's influence makes a decision that changes his life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Guy Johnny November 26, 2010
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Nice Guy Johnny is a realistic film that has wonderful characters played by a stellar, mostly unknown, cast. Edward Burns returned to his roots with this film, made for a scant $25,000 with a 3-man crew. Burns plays the antagonist Uncle Terry who harangues the main character about his impending marriage. He gives the nephew some bad advice, crudely stated. But his underlying message to the kid is a wise one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A feel good movie. November 28, 2013
By Monkee
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I really enjoyed this movie. I like pretty much anything with Ed Burns, but with that said what I enjoyed most was the message in this movie....we should all do a little more of what makes us happy not what everyone else expects us to do! Enjoy yourself while you can and do what you love.
Good movie, good acting, Ed Burns please make some more movies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Im biased!!! December 25, 2012
By Pratiwi
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Anything Edward Burns, I love automatically...It's a good movie about a guy that can't say YES to his life. Johnny is a nice guy, so nice, you want his sleazy, sccammer uncle to influence him every step of the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Guy Johnny - A Film for Everybody November 30, 2010
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We need movies like this to continue to be made. Ed Burns get's it right again and again. Nice Guy Johnny is a film that everyone will find easy to relate to. We've all had or have known someone who has had that "crossroads" which invariably life throws at us. Specifically where you have to choose between your dream and some other competing interest.

Sometimes you are very aware of the choice other times you awaken to it as Johnny did becoming more and more aware of the stakes. He had a lot of prodding from his colorful Uncle Terry (Ed Burns Character). But I've known others, and I'll include myself in this group, who didn't get the benefit of seeing the choice so objectively or didn't have the benefit of an Uncle Terry to give them a verbal kick in the ass when it was most needed. Quite frankly in my life my dreams never seemed to be as fully formed as Johnny's were at his age. But don't get distracted by the main characters age - that's not the point. Hang your hat on your ability to take up the cause of your own dreams at any age.

It's easy to get distracted by the alternatives of something shiny or sexy or maybe its an ideal whose threshold you tease yourself across because of some arbitrary time line - marriage comes to mind. I think for some young people there can be a lot of gravity around the notion that your life starts after marriage. This film deftly portrays this and all the while entertains us with equally real dialogue and solidly formed characters throughout the film.

This is a very enjoyable film, It's innocent and truthful and you easily go along for the ride with Johnny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excuse me? This is NOT a feel good movie September 6, 2014
Entertaining movie, but don't take it at face value. What we have here is a pretty accurate portrayal of a mealy-mouthed, easily influenced guy who lives in a fantasy world, and his homewrecking, enabler, beach bunny.

It's obvious that Johnny and Brooke are not going to stay together - they'll soon get bored and run off again with other people. It's also obvious that Johnny is on his way to becoming an exact clone of his Uncle Terry down the road. I got the feeling that the filmmaker (Edward Burns) was slyly trying to make that point between the lines.

The only character I *liked* was the "evil" fiancee (honestly, most single guys would be thrilled to find someone like her) who gets stabbed in the back by the "hero" couple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great independent film!
I love Edward Burn's films. This is a cute personable film about relationships and people who make a difference to this young man named Johnny.
Published 7 months ago by Diana Mcmanus
4.0 out of 5 stars Burns is brilliant
While I seriously doubt that Ed Burns really made this film for $25,000 (insurance should have cost about that much) it is a brilliant little low budget indie.
Published 9 months ago by Mark Dowie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Film Indeed
I stumbled upon this little film on Netflix and it became an instant classic in our house. I'm partial to the "sports guy from the Bay Area" main character but the film is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Russell Ponce
5.0 out of 5 stars Never enough of Ed Burns' films
Ed Burns, a very talented person acting producing directing always has a great cast! His films not only entertain you they put you there they make you think and feel you can just... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kathleen P Ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice guy gets his reward!
Although the girlfriend is way too nasty, leaving the door wide open for nice guy Johnny, I still loved this movie. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Laura D. Pitchford
3.0 out of 5 stars Pixelated?
Am I the only one who notices that the movie is all pixely looking? It's easy to notice on words, and objects that are not close up. But the movie is good. Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting watch for film enthusiasts and filmmakers
I purchased this out of intrigue as I had heard about the movie, specifically from the point of view of how Ed Burns shot it on a very tight budget, with no name actors in the main... Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by mje
4.0 out of 5 stars Great (Independent) Movie
I watched this movie on Instant Netflix and thought this was a great movie, especially for an Indie. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great (Independent) Movie
I watched this movie on Instant Netflix and thought this was a great movie, especially for an Indie. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by Greg
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly smart, warm and enjoyable film
Nice guy Johnny is still a "kid" at 24 right down to his looks and voice that make him appear to be 17. Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by Birder Girl
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