• Aug 18, 2009
The Goods trailer - Click above to watch the NSFW preview after the jump

After watching a few previews for the Jeremy Piven comedy The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, we were sold. After all, the movie showcases a hilarious cast, and it's about selling used cars. How can you possibly script a movie about super-elite used car salespeople that travel the country bailing out downtrodden dealers and not make it amusing? And those trailers, man were they funny – especially the raunchy, restricted viewing clips.

With visions of plaid suits and added-cost paint sealants dancing in our head, we hurried out to the nearest cineplex this weekend to see if The Goods was good enough to take its place in the illustrious pantheon of car salesmen flicks. Hit the jump to see how the movie unfolded and to take part in our film poll.

Don Ready, played by Jeremy Piven, is the quintessential salesman. He's quick-witted, devious, and full of bunk. Ready and his band of car salesmen mercenaries will do anything for a sale, including making a farewell commercial with dealer Ben Selleck (James Brolin) that asks locals to buy one more car from Selleck before he dies of a terrible disease. Classy.

The other members of Ready's sales dream team are Babs (Kathryn Hahn), a hottie with a guy's demeanor; Jibby (Ving Rhames), who says a lot of funny things but loses us with the whole "never made love to a woman" thing; and Brent (David Koechner), a great side kick to Ready that is for some odd reason the object of Selleck's affection. Something about James Brolin openly making passes at Koechner in front of his wife and kids didn't play well with us.

While the movie's main characters are pretty entertaining and well-realized, the best parts of the movie contained bit characters Teddy Dang, who plays a Korean American with no game and Charles Napier, who plays a WWII vet and full-time hard ass who can't seem to say anything politically correct. Ed Helms is also great as the boy band bad guy, and Rob Riggle kills as a 10-year-old in a 40-year-old's body.

Will Ferrell also makes a cameo in the movie, and he's very funny as Ready's best friend, who dies when he jumps out of a plane dressed as Abe Lincoln and his chute doesn't open. Also interesting were some of the car sales gags, which includes the dealer-to-dealer sale of the supposed Bandit Trans Am and the mention of a car that is purchased from a customer who later buys it back at a markup. We'd tell you about the main plot, which involves Ready falling for the dealer's daughter, and a young man who Ready thinks is his son, but it's not really worth writing about.

After watching The Goods from start to finish, we're pretty sure the script was written around a series of crudely funny pre-fab jokes. We've come to this conclusion because other than a series of really funny gags and one liners, the script just isn't that entertaining. The Goods also finishes with one of the biggest whimpers we've ever seen on the silver screen. We're thinking The Goods is a movie best experienced at home when it shows up on cable, but it is worth watching if only because the jokes really are funny – even if you saw most of said yuks in the previews. But then again, what do we know? We're car guys, not movie critics.



If you haven't seen them yet, you can check out the trailer below, but fair warning - some of the footage contains nudity and explicit language.



[Source: Funny Or Die]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This movie sucked. I went with a couple friends and we just couldn't believe we sat through it.

      My advice: Don't bother
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw it Tuesday at an advanced screening, and while yes, it had some great one liners, some funny visuals, that's about it.

      Hell, they even got the interior of the Bandit car wrong!!!
      If it was used in the film, it would have BLACK interior. Not Gold.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best line in the movie:

      After Teddy was fooled into taking a bag of cold hard cash in exchange for a Mustang, only to open it and be sprayed in the face with blue ink.

      "I feel like a Smurf just jizzed in my face!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, you're really not selling me here. If those are the best lines, combined with the fact that Jeremy Piven is in it (man, what a beating that guy is), I may have to wait for this to debut on Comedy Central next month.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No problem lol. Another "quality" line: "Get me another drink before I cut your tits off with a knife you skinny bitch!"

        I completely agree with the review. I told my friends its just one of those movies you should see if it's cheap and if you're bored

        Funny yes, but I still felt like I wasted 11 bucks
        • 5 Years Ago
        If that was the best line in the movie, I'll wait to watch it when my roommate buys the BR. Thank you for saving me 8$.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I waited for this movie like a kid waits for Christmas...watched all the trailers. I did the travelling road show for close to a decade. Was massively disappointed.

      How could all that talent lay such a egg? I wish they would of consulted me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      USED CARS - Rebooted & Low On Gas

      well, just my opinion from seeing the trailers! =P

      i'll probably rent it at least...
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw it last night... I like Piven but the movie seemed really thin and forced... I hate to say it wait for rental...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw it. Meh, I wouldn't pay to see it again. The jokes were written outside of the plot and didn't really have much to do with cars or car sales. Even though much of the comedy was based entirely in vulgarity I still laughed at a lot of the gags. I'll watch it again when it hits Spike, TBS, etc...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ehh, it was okay. I probably wouldn't see it again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a waste of money! After seeing it I wonder myself if I should recommend this even as a Netflix rental......
      • 5 Years Ago
      What, no option for stealing it online and watching it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      saw it this weekend, and i liked it. my sentiments are more along the lines of kevin's: it's not going to be the greatest story ever told, plain and simple. you're going for the crude humor. and as far as that, it certainly delivered.

      i don't eant to give too much away for anyone that still hasn't seen it, but i think the cameo was by far the funniest part of the movie!!!
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