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Good Guy, The (DVD Review)

16 Jun, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 6/22/10
Box Office $0.1 million
$27.98 DVD
Rated ‘R’ for pervasive language and some sexual content.
Stars Scott Porter, Alexis Bledel, Bryan Greenberg, Aaron Yoo, Anna Chlumsky, Kate Nuata, Andrew McCarthy.

Hotshot traders on Wall Street in the movies always have plenty of money, their pick of women and stray beyond more than a few ethical boundaries.

In stylish The Good Guy, Tommy (Scott Porter from “Friday Night Lights”) breaks the mold (at first) by befriending and helping make over shy co-worker Daniel (well-cast Bryan Greenberg from Bride Wars) in the ubiquitous Manhattan bar scene with his sophomoric buds, and at the brokerage firm headed by a ball-busting boss played by sensitive ’80s Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy.

Tommy’s 90-day girlfriend, Beth (“Gilmore Girls” star Alexis Bledel, forever the intellectual conscience), weighs a possible west coast career switch and relationship insecurities while socializing at book club gatherings with her good-looking girlfriends.

Life among these studs (male and female) is beautifully superficial, filled with the kind of angst (Tommy laments a career path overseeing workers making $750,000 a year) few would turn down.

Daniel, of course, is wired differently. He has actually read Pride and Prejudice, recognizes Lolita more as great literature than a sex novel, and doesn’t care about money. So naturally, when introduced to Beth, sparks fly.

The movie conveniently turns Tommy into a cad, with related storylines telegraphed well in advance. Good Guy begins at the end and backtracks six weeks, so there is no surprise ending.

The film is well-acted eye candy that leaves the viewer shamelessly rooting for the title character. If only reality were that hot.

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