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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Sam Emerson

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 a 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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