Guest Author - Jamise Grace Liddell
Don �The Goods� Ready (Jeremy Priven) leads a travelling team of professionally hard core, do-and-say-anything sales people: Jibby Newsome (Ving Rhames), a strange man who falls for the wrong kind of women; funny man Brent Gage (David Koechner), who unsuspectingly becomes the apple of another man�s eye; and Babs Merrick (Kathryn Hahn), a salacious woman on the prowl.
Temecula is Team Ready�s next target, on the popular three day weekend, the Fourth of July. Ben Selleck (James Brolin) beckoned the sales gurus to move the inventory sitting on his lot so he won�t have to close the dealership.
Selleck has a broken family complete with a son Peter (Rob Riggle), who is a grown man, that acts like a child; daughter Ivy, (played unimpressively by �My Boys� star Jordana Spiro) a woman who thinks so little of herself that she is engaged to rude, self-centered Paxton Harding (Ed Helms), the son of a competing car dealer, and a man trying to make it in a boy band; and wife,
In the genre of dumb and dumber. �The Goods� is timely if nothing else. After all a movie about the in and outs of selling cars is a great way to sardonically smirk at America and during the �Cash for Clunkers Debacle�. As if car salesmen didn�t all ready have infamous reputations.
Executive producer Will Ferrell makes a Will Ferrell-like appearance in this film as McDermott, �the best car sales DJ anyone has ever seen,�. Same stuff, different set.
And you got tired of Jim Carrey? At least Carrey varied his roles, if not his characters. In �The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard.� In this film Ferrell takes the time to fall out of a plane surrounded by dildos
What is so infuriating about �The Goods� and other films like it, is that its filthy laughs are cheap, easy and not all that funny. Out there somewhere are filmgoers who actually like to feel good when we laugh. But most of the cackles in this film are born out of a kind of funny material that while funny, doesn�t make you feel good for laughing. For instance, Will Ferrell, appears in the film as a cursing angel, and he has two large, African American actresses, singing soulfully his curse words. In another scene Babs, is chasing and lusting after the severely immature manchild, Peter, which is just wrong on so many levels.
Jeremy Priven as "Don Ready" is his own clich� in that this role is like so many other roles in which he is �fast, talking.� Snore.
Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy. Money must be the goal, cause your latest film, �The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard.� Has one appropriate word in the title. HARD. As in hard to watch, hard to swallow, hard to believe.
Directed by: Neal Brennan
Written by: Andy Stock and Rick Stempson
Starring Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, James Brolin, David Koechner, Kathryn Hahn, Ed Helms, Jordana Spiro, Rob Riggle and Craig Robinson
Rated: Rated R for sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug material.