The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

 (899)5.81 h 29 min2009X-RayR
From the guys behind Talladega Nights and Step Brothers comes one of the most outrageous comedies of the year! Smooth-talking salesman Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) and his crazy crew of closers have just one weekend to move over 200 cars and prove that when it comes to conning, conniving and all kinds of bad behavior, they've got the goods!
Neal Brennan
Jeremy PivenVing RhamesJames Brolin
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Michael A.Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome cast and chemistry, good laughs, with a pinch of story for good measure.
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Wow. So, this was a pleasant surprise. Having sold cars, once upon a time, I got the inside jokes of that industry. Even without that background the humor in this is still wide ranging enough (although quite silly or goofy) that anyone who enjoys a silly comedy will enjoy this. I didn't read up on this before watching. So, the depth of the cast was also a nice surprise.

Jeremy Piven leads the ensemble, basically playing a used car salesman version of Ari (for those familiar with "Entourage"). The supporting cast are all great and faces you'll instantly recognize if you've watched comedy from the last 15 years. One thing about the support players, many of them are slightly off from their "usual" schtick or role type or it almost feels like they've walked in from another movie, but it totally works here.

Ving Rhames almost has me convinced I'm watching him playing some undercover role in a "Mission Impossible" film. Ed Helms is annoying as ever, but in a way that's almost endearing. Almost, you still get to hate him for being an idiot. And, it's fun.

Ken Jeong shows up and doesn't get nearly enough screen time.

I usually can't stand the type of overdone character David Koechner ("Anchorman", "Hot Tub Time Machine", etc) plays, but here, his character feels real and much more natural. The same is true of Rob Riggle, I just can't stand most of his characters. Here, he plays a 10 year old with a "condition" that has him developed as a 30 year old man...who happens to be pursued by Karthryn Hahn. It sounds goofy. It is. But, it totally works in ways that my text just can't express.

The story is ok; there actually is one. The film is smattered with jokes that are mostly hit, sometimes random, and with good pacing.

The ONLY thing I didn't like about the movie is that it has an ending AND the little blurbs before the credits that tells us how things turned out later. If you watch this and find yourself thinking, "aww, nice a happing ending after all the laughs" DO NOT WATCH THE BLURBS ABOUT HOW THINGS TURN OUT "LATER". I hate when writers just stop writing and don't give a film a proper ending. THIS film has a proper ending and just doesn't need the blurbs about what happened after the events of the movie. It really ruins an otherwise great finale of a mostly funny film. Just stop watching after the end scene and you'll retain the good feelings that watching and laughing gave you, a little bit better.
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D. LarsonReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2019
3.0 out of 5 starsTolerable but put in the shade by “Used Cars”
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“Used Cars” (1980). Look it up. Funnier. “The Goods” is not terrible, but “Used Cars” did more with the same material. Mostly because, Kurt Russell. Also, Jack Warden and Joe Flaherty.

But, we’re here to talk about “The Goods”, and it’s OK. The sort of product we expect from the Ferrell/McKay factory; a hang-loose episodic comedy with a lot of cussing, a little gratuitous nudity, a cast of better than average actors: Ving Rhames (not much to do, though), David Koechner, always good to see, Ed Helms (a bit part but not bad), Craig Robinson in mostly an extended cameo, the always watchable James Brolin and Charles Napier (great!), Rob Riggle, Ken Jeong, Tony Hale, even a few minutes of Will Ferrell himself. Hard to miss completely with a list like that. And it’s not a miss, just not a big hit.

Jeremy Piven, though….A half dozen actors come to mind that could’ve done this movie just as well without being quite so skeevy and obnoxious. Yes, the character is supposed to be a sleaze, but he has to be at least a little likeable, and Piven just isn’t. Hard to care if he makes the sale, gets the girl or can forgive himself for Albuquerque. He’s overdoing the redeemable creep role, mostly because it’s hard to care if he’s redeemable. Actually, it’d be funnier if he stayed unredeemed. Will Ferrell is just so much better at this outrageously un-self-aware dim man-child stuff. Maybe if they’d cast somebody else as protagonist?

But, they didn’t. The Talladega Nights style rapid-fire absurd joke parts work pretty well; the rom-com stuff is just deadly dull. The will-they-won’t-they-who-cares breaks the comedic momentum and dissipates the goodwill of the fun parts. It worked better in “Ron Burgundy” and “Talladega Nights” because Will Ferrell is able to be authentically funny; in “The Goods”, our hero is more than a little tiresome, knowing he’s damaged goods who might turn his life around with the love of a good woman. Instead of being goofily clueless. By the end, I’d as soon Ed Helms drove off in his Mercedes with his boy band and Jordana Spiro, too.

Or that’s my take. For a harmlessly juvenile comedy with a lot of famous people in it, “The Goods” is good enough. For what it is. It does have a Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am with T-tops and screaming chicken decal, so there's that.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsIf you enjoyed "Talladega Nights
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"I must have been owned by a middle eastern Sheik 'cause I'm a god damn Stallion!"

This film is one part comedy and one part absolute profanity! Written by a homeless Dan, a heroine addict residing under the benches of the Total Recall bus stop, it is full of displaced anuses. If you enjoyed "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby", Anchorman, Old School, Zoolander, Daddy's Home and pretty much anything in that style of comedy, you will definitely enjoy this ludicrously well orchestrated narrative filled with more plot holes than Babs's genitals.
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JReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2018
2.0 out of 5 starsI normally like stupid movies
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I expected there to be stupidity in this film given the actors. I normally like stupid movies. But this movie......ugh. Absolutely gross and obscene. 24/7 cursing, stupid stupid jokes. There were a few really funny lines, but the movie as a whole was ridiculously obscene and stupid.
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JScratchReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2018
4.0 out of 5 starsFour Stars
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Great movie, lots of laughs and plenty of replay value as well.
6 people found this helpful
DetectorReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsA life altering experience
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everything you ever needed to know about life, art, literature, culture, religion, in this movie. Watch it, and you will transform your life. And the sound is good, the music is good, production's all good. And did I mention the acting? It never once occurred to me that anybody in the movie wasn't real. I recommend this one.
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Rav VanEedenReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2018
4.0 out of 5 starsIf you like Stepbrothers you'll like this.
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I don't understand all the negative reviews. The description said from the makers of Talladega Nights and Stepbrothers. What were you expecting? It is ridiculous humor like their other movies. Maybe not there best but definitely worth watching. You will laugh approximately 20 times. That's pretty f&%$ing good.
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Kathryn L MonroeReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsEh. A cheap wannabe in the same vein as Talladega Nights
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It had an incredible cast, but only got a few laughs, which was disappointing for me since a lot of those people are hilarious on their own. Same style as Talladega Nights, The Hangover, Step Brothers, etc but not nearly as funny. There are a few scenes that got a chuckle out of me but nothing like the other movies on that list. It was a lot of montages, quick scenes, and a lot of lazy comedy - like bringing a bag full of Arby's to a home cooked family dinner. If you have an hour and a half with nothing better to watch it's something I guess.
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