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Nice Guys Sleep Alone (1999)

Sean O'Bryan , Vanessa Marcil , Stu Pollard  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean O'Bryan, Vanessa Marcil, Christopher Murray, Michael Greene, Maggie Lawson
  • Directors: Stu Pollard
  • Format: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lunacy Unlimited Productions
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000058DG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nice Guys Sleep Alone" on IMDb

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Carter (O'Bryan) wonders if he's ever going to find a woman who wants to be more than "just friends." His conniving best friend Pat and beautiful step-sister Erin (Vanessa Marcil) both know what's causing the problem: He's too nice! Having never taken them seriously in the past, Carter reconsiders when he meets Maggie (Sybil Temchen), a woman he feels just might be the one. Could it be time for this nice guy to finally start playing games? Set among the gorgeous backdrop of Kentucky horse country, "Nice Guys Sleep Alone" is a hilarious, touching and thoughtful romantic comedy.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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A recent survey found that women who are dating -- and having sex -- casually tend to be attracted to men who like to party and are often somewhat irresponsible, whereas women looking for a serious relationship and/or marriage prefer "nice guys" with jobs and a sense of responsibility. Consequently, although nice guys are sought out as steady boyfriends or husbands, they sleep alone at the end of casual dates far more often than do their party animal peers. This fact is the premise of this movie. Carter (Sean O'Bryan) is a nice guy who buys his dates flowers and takes them to dinner at good restaurants. Consequently his dates usually send him home after the first date with the suggestion: "Let's just be friends." Then he meets Maggie to whom he is seriously attracted (Sybil Temchen) and who is ready for a relationship with a nice guy. Unfortunately, Carter allows a buddy to convince him that he will do better with Maggie if he abandons his nice guy persona. So for once Carter, throws away the flowers he has bought, arrives at Maggie's house a half hour late, and takes her to a hamburger joint for dinner. Naturally Maggie is angry and disappointed that she has apparently misjudged Carter and doesn't even allow him to walk her to her door. The one time Carter was going to score with a woman who is looking for a nice guy, he strikes himself out. However, since this is a fun movie, Carter and Maggie eventually do get together and begin the meaningful -- and, presumably, intimate -- relationship they both are seeking.
The foregoing may leave you disinterested in this film, but I hope not -- because this low-budget little gem of a movie does a beautiful job of exploring and exposing the joys and pitfalls of the dating game while being a fun movie throughout.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming comedy full of simple truths January 1, 2001
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The best comedy comes from simple truths about life. `Nice Guys' captures so many of the essential truths about the dating game that, despite its shortcomings, it is extremely entertaining.
Carter (Sean O'Bryan) is a really nice guy. He is such a nice guy that women are dying to be his friend. At least that is what they all tell him at the end of the first date. Maggie (Sybil Temchen) is a New York veterinarian who is starting over in Louisville, Kentucky working on a thoroughbred horse farm. With the dubious guidance of his best friend, Carter asks Maggie for a date, and the fun begins.
The movie is peppered with vignettes about dating and the games the sexes plays. What makes it funny is that it is all so true, and without much exaggeration. There are quite a few good sight gags and liberal guffaws throughout.
This was a low budget independent production written and directed by Stu Pollard in his first attempt at both. The writing was honest and insightful, but uneven. At times, the dialogue was terrific; sharp, biting humor the captured the essence of this absurd ritual called dating. At other times it was gut wrenching drivel. The same was true of the cinematography. He had some beautiful shots of Kentucky, and then other shots were set up all wrong.
The acting was about what you would expect from third tier actors. Sean O'Bryan was nice enough, but so bland that one might suspect that he was boring his dates into friendship. He did exude great sincerity, though which worked very well with his character. Sybil Temchen was the best actor in the film and seemed very confident in her role. She was strong and self-assured in her role as the vet, but confused and uncertain in dating mode.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect romantic comedy September 22, 2001
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I write romantic comedy novels, so I'm always on the lookout for a good romanctic comedy movie. I'm from Kentucky originally, so Nice Guys Sleep Alone caught my eye. What a great film! My husband (he's from Louisville, the town where the movie is set) and I laughed and laughed. Don't miss it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Like the 1981 Bill Murray comedy Stripes, Nice Guys Sleep Alone was also filmed here in Louisville, Kentucky. And like that film, Nice Guys Sleep Alone is an excellent, hilarious, and entertaining film to watch. Not only that, it has a serious message when it comes to meeting the right person, and how the dating scene is in the 21st Century. Sean O'Bryan, the ever lovely Morgan Fairchild, Will Sanderson, Dorothy Grossman, and all the actors do a remarkable job with the material they are given. Most of all, Stu Pollard (a native Louisvillian)does an excellent job in directing the film. His shots of Louisville and the other parts of Kentucky Horse Country (particularly the horse farm that his family owns)are very crisp, sharp, scintillating, and very beautiful. If not fresh.
If you enjoy excellent independent films, let alone the state of Kentucky and its tradition of horse racing, be sure to check out this film. It's worth watching. It's also on my own top 100 best movie list.
Trivia note - Dorothy Grossman worked with The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival for two years. I had the honor and the privilege of working with her on stage.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Laughs August 6, 2001
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I first caught this movie while flipping channels. It was being shown on HBO. I wasn't really expecting much but, my husband and I watched the movie through. There were lots of great laughs. While it may of been low budget, it was very well written. It was a lot of fun to watch. :)
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1.0 out of 5 stars not too good! Just boring
Do not rent...not too good! Just boring! No reason not to like this guy! Made no sense!
Published 1 month ago by Jean Newman
3.0 out of 5 stars Matein-Movies
Made for TV Movie, could have use more story, more romance and more comedy. Enjoyable on a rainy day.
Published 1 month ago by Matein Movies
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfit
First few minutes were enough to make me know this was not at all the kind of movie I wanted to see, and certainly not fit for the family.
Published 2 months ago by Clint Thornton
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
So bad I didn't watch much.
Published 2 months ago by Sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
It was upbeat didn't drag out, Kept my attention and made me laugh I enjoyed it very much it was a very good movie.
Published 7 months ago by Linda Wendling
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice feel-good movie
This is a nice feel-good movie. I was a little surprised at the main male character's role/personality, but it all turned out fine. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ron
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish watching it.
Tried this movie based on the title. Expected a few cliche's, but not this unbelievably bad plot. Turned it off after a half hour.
Published 10 months ago by Barry Blanchard
2.0 out of 5 stars Sick and tired of movies like this
Simply sick and tired of movies that have people sleeping with anybody and everybody. No mentioned of STD's or the dangers of such behaviors. Just all fun and no consequences. Read more
Published 12 months ago by W. Cleaveland
4.0 out of 5 stars An honor to commitment and what a healthy relationship is really built...
Refreshing to see a movie that honors commitment and values in forming a relationship. The bad language could have been left out. It didn't do anything to improve the plot. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cheryl Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Title is not so good description of story. Good acting .. good storyline .. good/great humor throughout. Good movie overall, even being predictable.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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