Friday, December 25, 2015

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)

Director: Neal Brennan

Writers: Andy Stock, Rick Stempson

Composer: Lyle Workman

Starring: Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, James Brolin, David Koechner, Kathryn Hahn, Ed Helms, Jordana Spiro, Tony Hale, Ken Jeong, Rob Riggle, Alan Thicke, Charles Napier, Jonathan Sadowski, Noureen DeWulf, Wendie Malick, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell, Gina Gerson

More info: IMDb

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

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Talk about a surprise.  This is funny as shit.  I'd heard only bad-to-mediocre things about this picture but the cast alone wasn't going to keep me from watching it.  I laughed my ass off.  I thought for sure after the first few minutes they couldn't keep the gags coming so fast and funny but they sustained that drive for at least a solid half hour.  It was relentlessly fun.  Then the slower middle section hits but there are still lots of funny stuff going on.  Everyone on Don's (Piven) team is hilarious, especially Babs (Hahn).  She needs to have my babies.  Fuck that woman is funny...and hot!  Charles Napier (in his last feature film role) was a fucking riot as the WWII vet/car salesman and Will Ferrell's extended cameo had me in stitches when he comments on the falling dildos.  I'm pretty picky when it comes to comedies so when it came out, it was getting some really bad press.  IMDb has a user rating of 5.8/10 and the Rotten Tomatoes  score is at 27%...not good.  I loved it and it tickled me to pieces.  I'm buyin' what they're sellin'. Sadly, the Paramount DVD I've got has only an anamorphic widescreen print of the film with the only extras being 3 non-anamorphic trailers for other films.  That's it.  I'd love a commentary track by the cast and crew. 

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