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The Good Guy (2009)

Alexis Bledel , Scott Porter , Julio DePietro  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alexis Bledel, Scott Porter, Bryan Greenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Andrew McCarthy
  • Directors: Julio DePietro
  • Writers: Julio DePietro
  • Producers: Julio DePietro, Jonathan Mason, Linda Moran, Melanie J. Elin, Rene Bastian
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EYEE3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Good Guy" on IMDb

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Julio DePietro and Cast Member Alexis Bledel
Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

The crystal-blue eyes of Alexis Bledel are the prize for which two men vie in The Good Guy. Tommy (Scott Porter from the TV series Friday Night Lights) has a great life: he's highly placed on Wall Street and has a smart and beautiful girlfriend, Beth (Bledel, Gilmore Girls). But when he tries to turn the awkward Daniel (Bryan Greenberg, The Perfect Score) into his protégé at the firm, Daniel proves to be an unexpected catalyst in Tommy's life--and Beth's. The Good Guy mixes familiar platitudes about men and women with some surprisingly fresh observations about men and women. The characters actually reveal themselves over time, turning out to be different than you might expect. It's far from perfect--the pace is a little too leisurely and some elements are a little too pat (Beth's book club is reading a novel that sounds suspiciously like the movie itself). Nonetheless, The Good Guy never turns predictable and--though the characters all live in million-dollar New York apartments--there are surprisingly realistic touches throughout, an attention to human details that all too often get lost in Hollywood movies. Also featuring Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink) as Tommy's sleazy boss. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Ambitious young New Yorker Beth (Alexis Bledel) wants it all: a good job, good friends and a good guy to share the city with. Of course that last one is trickiest of all, as Beth discovers when she falls hard for Tommy (Scott Porter), a handsome, young Wall Street hotshot. Just as everything seems to be falling into place, Beth meets Tommy’s shy, clumsy co-worker Daniel (Bryan Greenberg) – and soon learns that the game of love in the big city is a lot like Wall Street – high risk, high reward…and everybody has an angle

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accomplishes what it sets out to do July 12, 2010
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First of all, this movie seems to be billed as some kind of romantic comedy starring Alexis Bledel. It isn't. Rather, it is a character study focusing on narrator / protagonist Tommy (Scott Porter), a charismatic but manipulative Wall Street trader. Secondary focus is placed on his girlfriend Beth (Bledel) and his awkward protege Daniel (Bryan Greenberg) as they try to figure out their place in this Type-A dominated world. The goal is not necessarily to like any of the three characters, just to understand them.

The plot itself is pretty simple but the writer/director compensated by making every attempt to come across as believable and authentic as possible. Usually this hits the mark, but not always. Most of the locations such as offices, apartments, and bars are spot-on and I found most of the dialog and interplay quite believable. On the flip side, while I believe that Alexis Bledel could live in NYC for a while and never have heard of The Cloisters, I find it unfathomable that Beth, an anthropologist, would not. This is a pretty big oversight considering how important a role the excursion to The Cloisters has in establishing Tommy's ability to sweep Beth of her feet. Along these lines, I think the writing went a little too far with the foreshadowing. For example, comparing a book club book to the story itself smacks of trying too hard to be clever.

This leaves the acting. I thought the casting and performances were excellent, with all of the characters fitting the bill perfectly, no matter how minor. This is what I appreciated most about the film - the glimpse into these people's lives provided by the portrayals. They were serious when they mean to be serious, funny when it is meant to be funny, and it all felt genuine. There isn't enough to it to consider a 5* rating, but I believe it is successful in achieving what it sets out to do.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a mini-gem of a movie July 24, 2010
This is a very underrated and underpublicized movie that will be remembered 20 years from now. I liked the script, the characters (thumbs up for Andrew McCarthy as "Cash"), the acting, and the scenery. Directing was first rate and the director seems to have excellent potential. The movie had an "authentic" feel to it. Kudos to Bledel for choosing a movie with mature and semi-dark themes. I would like to see Bledel in a movie along the lines of Erin Brokovich rather than Post Grad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good November 16, 2010
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I thought this was a really great movie. Some parts were predictable, but such is the case with most films of this genre.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Way Too Much Language February 20, 2013
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I was really disappointed to find that I wasted my money on this movie only to realize that the F*** word makes up every other word in the first 5 minutes of the movie. Offensive, completely un-necessary, repulsive, juvenile, annoying... The list goes on and on. It completely ruined the possibility of me continuing to watch this movie. I'm a young, educated woman. I don't want to hear that ridiculous mess. It is a turn off and absolutely ruins the movie-watching experience for me. What a waste of good talent when the writers/director/producers can't or aren't willing to come up with anything more educated than having the actors say "F*F*F*F*F*F*F*F*F*" repeatedly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad language April 21, 2014
By S.A.M.
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Did not watch for long. Gross over use of F-bomb - gratuitous use, totally unnecessary to plot of movie. Bad language use became very annoying after watching for a very short amount of time. Would not recommend, not worth watching!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie April 21, 2014
By Alexa
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Great movie!!! I love Alexis Bledel which is why I watched this movie but found myself later telling my single girlfriends to watch it because its a great movie!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Movie April 9, 2014
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I love all the lead actors which is why I rented it. Cute movie with interesting characters. I recommend this for anyone looking to watch a move on the lighter side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great flick March 23, 2014
By Jaci
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this turned out to be a pretty good movie, you will be suprised and happy by the end of the story
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie makes me wish I could take it back to the store.
But I only rented it on Amazon Prime. Shallow sums it up. She waits two months to fall in bed with the bad guy, and falls in bed with the good guy in about two weeks. Read more
Published 17 days ago by PureWishing
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Much foul language
Too much sex and foul language for me. I watched it when I found out Andrew McCarthy was in it and it was awful! If you had a 0 I would give it that!!!
Published 1 month ago by patsams
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable Movie!
The character played by Bryan Greenberg will put a smile on your face every time you press play. It is an adorable movie!
Published 1 month ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
I really liked this movie. I loved all the main characters from their TV days so I really enjoyed this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Mallory Bacon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad/ Not great
Not the story line I was expecting from the movie. But I don't regret purchasing it. Acting was good, plot was so-so.
Published 2 months ago by Cheresse
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable in a TV kinda way
Not sure if this needed to be made into a full length movie for theaters but it kept me interested. Guess the moral of the story is good guys don't always finish last. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steve K.
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, shallow, and just horrible
Don't waist your money!!! It was boring, slow, and I didn't care about the characters at all. Just don't. I'm a huge chick flick fan, this was AWFUL!!!
Published 3 months ago by Rachelovesea
4.0 out of 5 stars good sums it up
Hey, enjoyable for what it was. Got a kick out of Andrew McCarthy showing up as the head honcho of a Wall Street firm. Talk about less than zero. The acting was pretty good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars BIg fan of Greenberg
This was a cute & adorable movie. Bryan Greenberg plays the "good guy" very well. I loved him in October Road.
Published 4 months ago by Ty
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