The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

I‘ve been a fan of Jeremy Piven’s for a long time.  I remember being 14 and going to see “PCU” in the theaters and thinking that was one of the funniest college movies I ever saw.  Then I grew up and realized it’s not as funny as I remembered it, but his performance in “Very Bad Things” and the HBO series “Entourage” have kept me a loyal fan.  I may need to seriously re-think that allegiance after seeing this.  Just to give you an idea of how bad it was, there was a woman snoring behind me.  Well, I think she was snoring.  She was either snoring or breathing because she did weigh like 500 lbs.  But if she fell asleep, I wouldn’t blame her.  This movie is damn near awful.  The only reason it got the grade that it did was because of two scenes that involve a celebrity cameo (won’t say who it is, but it’s not hard to guess).  If that actor wasn’t so funny, I don’t think I would have laughed out loud the entire time.  It’s directed by a guy named Neal Brennan, who used to write for that show “Singled Out” and tried his hand at directing for the first time with this.  You can tell it’s his first time.  The movie looks as cheap and tawdry as the used car salesmen the movie centers around.  The poster says that it’s from “the guys behind ‘Talladega Nights’ and ‘Step Brothers.'”  By that they mean the Producers (Will Ferrell & Adam McKay – FunnyorDie.com) are among them.  I want to believe that if this movie was on FunnyorDie.com…it would be die.  Okay.  I know, I’m beating up on this movie pretty badly.  It’s not entirely horrible.  The cast is actually rather impressive.  Ving Rhames, Ed Helms, David Koechner, Rob Riggle and Kathryn Hahn (“Anchorman” and lots more movies to come) round out the cast.  Even “Growing Pains” own Alan Thicke, who’s looking more and more like a Who from Whoville, has a small role in this.  You’d think that with these comedy up-and-comers, you’d knock it out of the park.  Well, they tried.  But after a grueling 90 minutes of movie, the battle was lost.  I had a few moments where I chuckled.  I had two short scenes where I laughed my ass off.  The rest of the time I was looking at my watch and listening to the snoring metronome behind me.  Ironic that a movie about warrior car salesmen that can sell anything fell so far short of closing the sale of making a good comedy.
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (Rated R)
Gavin Grade: D


#1 Tommy G on 08.14.09 at 11:29 pm

Another movie that you’re wrong about.

I just saw The Goods.

It was hilarious!

You know, I fell asleep and snored thru parts of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood SUCKFEST… but you loved it.

You are a strange man, Gavin.

#2 gavin on 08.15.09 at 9:04 am

Tell me one scene besides Will Ferrell’s that was funny.

#3 Allison on 08.17.09 at 7:59 pm

this was the worst movie i’ve seen in theaters. out of the fifteen people in the theaters, only two were laughing out loud. because they were high.

#4 gavin on 08.18.09 at 8:28 am

Well, one of them must have been Tommy.