The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

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Still of Kathryn Hahn in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardStill of Ken Jeong in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardJeremy Piven and James Otto at event of The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardStill of Jeremy Piven and Neal Brennan in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardStill of David Koechner in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardStill of James Brolin and Jeremy Piven in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Used-car liquidator Don Ready is hired by a flailing auto dealership to turn their Fourth of July sale into a majorly profitable event.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.7/10 (11,608 voted)

Critic's Score: 39/100

Director: Neal Brennan

Stars: Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, David Koechner

In a desperate attempt to save his rapidly failing used car dealership, Ben Selleck hires a crack team of "car mercenaries" to ramp up sales during the Fourth of July weekend. Led by the fast-talking, foul-mouthed, self-assured Don "The Goods" Ready, the group has three days to sell over 200 cars. But as Don undertakes his newest mission, and quickly falls for the boss's daughter Ivy, he realizes he'll have to trust more than his cars and his crafty skills in deceit to make a success out of the daunting weekend.

Writers: Andy Stock, Rick Stempson

Jeremy Piven - Don Ready
Ving Rhames - Gibby Newsome
James Brolin - Ben Selleck
David Koechner - Brent Gage
Kathryn Hahn - Babs Merrick
Ed Helms - Paxton Harding
Jordana Spiro - Ivy Selleck
Tony Hale - Wade Zooha
Ken Jeong - Teddy Dang
Rob Riggle - Peter Selleck
Alan Thicke - Stu Harding
Charles Napier - Dick Lewiston
Jonathan Sadowski - Blake
Noureen DeWulf - Heather
Wendie Malick - Tammy Selleck


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 14 August 2009

Filming Locations: Alhambra, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $5,642,137 (USA) (16 August 2009) (1838 Screens)

Gross: $15,102,127 (USA) (27 September 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The Trans Am at Selleck Motors most likely wasn't used in the making of Smokey and the Bandit. The most telling sign of this is that the interior is golden brown, and not dark blue which was the color of the interior in the original Bandit car.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While trying to convince "Paxton Harding" to purchase a vehicle, "Don Ready" suggests he take his band on a tour of the Florida Panhandle. The first city he mentions in Gainesville, which is located North Florida, not the Panhandle.

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User Review

Perhaps targeted at an over-40 audience?

Rating: 9/10

I gotta say, I was surprised (as I'm sure The Goods' many detractors will be) by how much I laughed during this movie. The jokes were silly and often in the background. And funny.

I am really not sure what made me laugh so hard. I think it boiled down to the fact that The Goods is a good ol' raunchy comedy, but with a twist: It seems to be aimed at adults who have lived life a bit, not the Superbad crowd. (FWIW, I do not see the humor in Superbad. I tried. Twice. Couldn't get all the way through it. But was glad I had tried, because it allowed me to laugh out loud at one of the jokes in The Goods.) I am curious if there are older people (over the age of 40, let's say) out there who also dig the film.

As for Pivens' performance, I thought it was weak in the dramatic parts, but this is a comedy, so no harm no foul, and I understand that the dramatic story is there because producers feel it's necessary.

All the players were hilarious. I thought maybe the psycho WW2 vet was a bit over the top, but he did play that part well.

This is normally not my kind of movie -- cheap, raunchy humor is not my bag. I went on a whim and was pleasantly surprised.


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