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Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, The (DVD Review)

10 Dec, 2009 By: John Latchem

Street 12/15/09
Box Office $15.1 million
$19.99 DVD
Rated ‘R’ for sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug material.
Stars Jeremy Piven, Ed Helms, David Koechner, Jordana Spiro, Kathryn Hahn, Alan Thicke, James Brolin, Rob Riggle, Ving Rhames, Craig Robinson, Charles Napier.

This seems like a movie that should have done a lot better in theaters. It has an all-star cast of comedians, a few well-placed cameos, was marketed fairly aggressively and is actually pretty funny.

I can only assume its ‘R’ rating, scaled-back theatrical run and a relatively formulaic plot would account for the lack of box office interest (also, anything associated with Will Ferrell, who produced it, seems to be on the downturn at the moment).

But it has the kind of pedigree that should find a faithful audience on disc.

Jeremy Piven plays Don “The Goods” Ready, another version of the actor’s trademark smarmy, cocky charmer made famous by “Entourage.” Here he leads a team of fast-talking freelance car salesmen who travel the country to supercharge businesses in need.

His latest task finds him in the employ of Ben Selleck (James Brolin), who gives him one weekend to sell 200 used cars in order to save the dealership from bankruptcy.

The jokes are typical of a Ferrell or Judd Apatow-style comedy, and The Goods should have no trouble tapping into that fan base. Piven’s enthusiasm is enough to carry the first two-thirds of the film, which starts to lose steam toward the end of a story that is more akin to PCU than Glengarry Glen Ross.

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