The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (Lonely Devil)

After seeing the previews that featured a couple of actors from The Hangover,  I thought I would give The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard a try. While at times this movie seemed to try too hard to be funny, it still was good for a few chuckles.

Jeremy Piven, of television’s Entourage, heads this movie as Don Ready, a go-to used car salesman for hire.  Ready, with his auto liquidation team including Ving Rhames, is hired by Ben Selleck.  Selleck, played by an amusing James Brolin, owns a family owned used car lot who is struggling and needs Ready and his crew to bring him out of the red to prevent the bank to take over.

Even though some of the biggest laughs are featured in the trailers, when you see the alligators in the lot, you can’t help but laugh as if you didn’t know that was going to happen at all.  Ken Jeong made every laugh count in his scenes as much as he did previously in The Hangover.  In his best scene, as Ready invokes a Pearl Harbor remembrance and gets everyone beating him up, Jeong points out his Korean nationality and not being Japanese to make you laugh and not realize the racism in the scene.

Director Neal Brennan, a former writer-director of Chappelle Show, brings out a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor and provides a few big name actors for cameos.  Alan Thicke brings a few laughs.  However the most amusing cameo has to be Will Ferrell as Don Ready’s old friend who appears in flashbacks and visions.

Overall this film will bring some amusement.  I give The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard 3 out of 5 pitchforks.

 In reality, I give this film 2 pitchforks.  Most of the laughs feel forced and the plot is simple, and ridiculously played out.  Ed Helms, television’s The Office, was more annoying and fake as a rival car salesman and boy band, a man band as his character calls it, member.  Piven tried too hard to channel his inner PCU character in this wanna-be Used Cars knock-off.  This movie can be considered a wait for DVD or even a wait for cable film.



Posted on August 17, 2009, in Film Review, Lonely Devil Review and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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