The Goods – Live Hard, Sell Hard Review: Good Enough

THE GOODS: LIVE HARD, SELL HARD: On General Release From Friday 23rd October 2009

If you’re a fan of Entourage then you probably know how persuasive Jeremy Piven can be as the workaholic agent, Ari Gold.

So I can’t say I was surprised to see him play the ultimate salesman, the man who could sell snow to an Eskimo, Don Ready in The Goods.

A desperate car dealer who’s about to lose his dealership hires Don Ready and his team of hard-hitting salespeople to help him survive a Fourth of July sale weekend. But Don is still struggling with a mysterious incident from his past whilst falling for the car dealer’s daughter, Ivy.

Can he save the dealership by the end of the weekend or will he lose out to Paxton, lead singer of a ‘manband’ and Ivy’s fiance?

Behind the wheel of the movie is the relatively inexperienced director, Neal Brennan. That said his direction is passable, and while he doesn’t exactly reach for the stars he makes a decent effort.

The writing team, Andy Stock and Rick Stempson, are even more inexperienced but manage to deliver some good laughs. The plot is standard and predictable so it’s best to go and see this if you want an easy, fun, slightly raunchy movie that won’t take up too much of your brain’s time.

Piven seems to be having a good time as Don Ready, whose arrogance and self-importance is reminiscent of Ron Burgundy. But the character is written as a half-badass/half-good guy and it ends up a little uneven.

Don is backed up by his sales team: Jibby (Ving Rhames), Brent (David Koechner) and Babs (Kathryn Hahn). This is more of a breakout movie for Kathryn Hahn than anyone as she delivers Babs’ sex infused dialogue with fervor. Though you might have seen her in Step Brothers or How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days, you’ll remember her for this.

The existing sales team at the dealership who get whipped into shape by Don and co also provide some laughs, particularly Ken Jeong as Teddy Dang. Remember Doctor Kuni from Knocked Up? That’s the guy; he’s fast becoming one of our favourite supporting actors around.

Jeremy Piven might be persuasive but it feels like he’s sold us a Jag but we’re driving away in a Ford. Predictable and easy-going; it’s just a fun way to fill 89 minutes but there was definitely room in the boot for more.


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