Nice Guy Johnny
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Good movie, good acting, Ed Burns please make some more movies!
Nice Guy Johnny is the story of a young guy, played by newly minted actor Matt Bush, whose been following his dream career as a sports talk radio show host. But he made a promise to his fiance years ago that he would leave that career behind and get a "real" job if it didn't start paying well when he turned 25. Now he's 25, about to get married, and he's still stuck in a middle-of-the-night time slot for his radio show, with little income to show for it. But he absolutely loves his job. And he doesn't really want to leave it behind for a dull job working at a cardboard box manufacturer on the East Coast, provided by his fiance's father. Being the dutiful "nice guy" that Johnny is though, he travels back to the east coast to interview for the job anyways. While he's there, he visits his Uncle Terry, played by Ed Burns, who questions his choice of getting married and quitting his job.Read more ›
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This is a well-made movie with a good premise. A fun romantic comedy. Inspired me with my own filmmaking and acting background. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Genie Ann Chow
This is a sweet and heartfelt movie. It is nicely and simply and clearly made, no frills. I liked the story, the actors, the scenery, the pacing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marcy S. Getz
I like the ending. The story is very good. It good happened in real life. The story was told in a very systematic fashion. I always like Edward Burns stories and movies.Published 11 months ago by tpalma
I loved this flick from start to finish. An instant classic!Published 12 months ago by Mountain to Sound
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... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeremy Baltimore
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 23 months ago by Diana Mcmanus