Monday, August 17, 2009

Box Office Review - The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard.

This film has a classic flaw. Everything that is funny is in the trailer. There were long stretches where I wasn’t laughing and you could have heard the movie in the next theatre if it had of been G.I. Joe instead of Funny People. This film is classic Adam Mackay/ Will Ferrell fare where it is a job (selling used cars) taken to the extreme to get laughs. Unfortunately there are not many laughs to be had.

The movie stars Jeremy Piven as main character Don Ready. Piven is not very good in this. He plays his character as one note and that just isn’t that interesting. Even when he his character was changing from being an egomaniac to being and better person his acting did not change. The supporting cast feautures Ving Rhames, James Brolin, Kathryn Hahn, David Koechner, Alan Thicke, Ken Jeong, Rob Riggle, Tony Hale. That is a great cast, but most of them go underused. Ken Jeong (Pineapple Express, The Hangover) deserves to get more starring roles and hopefully we will see him headline a film in the future.

Like I said before, I did not find the film funny and when I did laugh I had already laughed multiple times at the same stuff in the trailers. This was produced by Adam Mackay and Will Ferrell (one of whom have a cameo in the movie). One thing I couldn’t help but think was that on the HBO show Eastbound and Down Ferrell plays car salesman Ashley Schaeffer. Those portions of the show are much funny than anything that happens in this movie. Maybe if he was starring in this instead of Jeremy Piven the film would have been funnier.

Banana Peel

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