Nice Guy Johnny (Special Edition)
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Good movie, good acting, Ed Burns please make some more movies!
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 ›
I am a "huge" Ed Burns fan for years now. I watch his movies over and over and over. He's an expert at making it look so simple and in doing so we feel invited into a "better world".
It's obvious that Johnny and Brooke are not going to stay together - they'll soon get bored and run off again with other people. It's also obvious that Johnny is on his way to becoming an exact clone of his Uncle Terry down the road. I got the feeling that the filmmaker (Edward Burns) was slyly trying to make that point between the lines.
The only character I *liked* was the "evil" fiancee (honestly, most single guys would be thrilled to find someone like her) who gets stabbed in the back by the "hero" couple.
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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 17 months ago by tpalma
I loved this flick from start to finish. An instant classic!Published 18 months ago by Mountain to Sound
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 on March 9, 2014 by Diana Mcmanus
While I seriously doubt that Ed Burns really made this film for $25,000 (insurance should have cost about that much) it is a brilliant little low budget indie.Published on January 15, 2014 by Mark Dowie
I stumbled upon this little film on Netflix and it became an instant classic in our house. I'm partial to the "sports guy from the Bay Area" main character but the film is... Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Russell Ponce
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