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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y7F1NM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,249 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nice Guy Johnny" on IMDb

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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 By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2010
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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 By Julia A. Cooper on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. H. Breslin on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monkee on November 28, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pratiwi on December 25, 2012
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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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In one of the first major indie films to skip a theatrical release and prove that online and video-on-demand (VOD) distribution can work, Actor/Director Edward Burns recently brought us Nice Guy Johnny (2010). Made for $25,000 according to Burns, and with a production crew of three people, Burns being one of them, Nice Guy Johnny is an impressive all-digital effort by one of the brightest young filmmakers to buck the studio system. Ironically enough, Burns made his first feature film The Brothers McMullen (1995) for the exact same amount of money 15 years earlier. It was this film, shot on repackaged 16mm film stock, that started Burns' career. It's exciting to see him go back to his indie roots now that he's made a name for himself. I have enormous respect for Burns as an Actor, a Filmmaker, and a person. Even if I don't always think his work is the best.

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.
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