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+
Genre: Comedy; Starring: Ed Helms, Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, Will Ferrell; Director: Neal Brennan; Author: Rick Stempson, Andy Stock; Release Date Wide: 08/14/2009; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Paramount Vantage
Posted August 20 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT
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