Parents' Guide to

The Good Guy

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

High-reaching adult drama with lots of language, drinking.

Movie R 2010 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Pleasantly Surprised...

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I found it to be very entertaining and a fun flick to watch with some light comedy. The storyline was good and the acting was way better than I expected especially from Alexis Bledel. I was so happy to see Anna Chlumsky in this as I haven't seen her acting since My Girl. I love her! The language throughout is far too strong for younger viewers and there are some bar scenes with lots of drinking and a few drug references. Also a lot of flirting and some cheating. Definitely not recommended for viewers under 16.
age 17+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This movie is certainly ambitious, but as many Manhattanites will attest, ambition will only go so far. There's this about THE GOOD GUY: As writer-director Julio Depietro's debut, it's an assured foray, styled just so and peppered with all the right elements for a film about twentysomething Manhattanites defining themselves at work and in love. The trading pit patois is spot-on, no surprise given Depietro's experience working at an investment firm. Despite this, the film's unexceptional. For starters, the characters are rote: Tommy's co-workers are fratty traders who play sadistic games and down shots after shots in bars filled with hot women. Bledel plays the prototypical sweet girl (her only role lately, it seems); her girlfriends are all turned off by the dating scene. Greenberg's character, Daniel, has no trajectory; he begins and ends in the same spot. And Andrew McCarthy makes a swaggering, foul-mouthed appearance as a boss, but it's all for show.

As for Tommy, though he's slightly better written, he's still transparent. Why bother to plumb the depths when one can already predict what's underneath? More problematic is the tone: Is the film a romance? A rebuke of Wall Street? A sinister treatise on dating? All of the above? Perhaps none: Its versions of all these options are wan and superficial.

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