Sam Emerson
Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 20, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
08/14/09
performer
Ed Helms, Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, Will Ferrell
director
Neal Brennan
distributor
Paramount Vantage
author
Rick Stempson, Andy Stock
genre
Comedy

We gave it an C+

The comedy concept is solid: Jeremy Piven plays a hard-driving used-car salesman — not such a stretch, right? — brought in with his freelance team to save a failing small-town dealership. It’s the execution that’s out of alignment in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, a slightly dinged endeavor from the makers of Talladega Nights: Barely controlled scenes of genial, scattershot political incorrectness (sexual, racial, you name it) bump up awkwardly against a soft, sad story of economic downturn. Ed Helms and Ving Rhames score laughs. But the breakout is Step Brothers‘ Kathryn Hahn as the tough (sales)girl who keeps up with the boys. C+

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