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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this raunchy comedy is packed with over-the-top, crude language and sexual jokes/innuendo from beginning to end. No bodily function is left unreported; no serious issue is safe from the lowest forms of humor. Expect a constant stream of racial slurs, fat jokes, outrageous come-ons, and religious send-ups. Interspersed with these verbal assaults are the visual ones: erotic lap dances, bare breasts and full-frontal female nudity, a bizarre brush with pedophilia, an exaggerated (albeit clothed) male erection, and dildos literally falling from the sky. The objective in all cases? Non-stop gross-out humor.
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What's the story?
Selleck Auto sales is in trouble -- cars just aren't moving. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) and his overworked cavalry of on-call super salespeople (Ving Rhames, Kathryn Hahn, David Koechner) ride to the rescue. With just one long weekend to turn things around and hundreds of cars to sell, the "only" things standing in their way are the economic downturn, shoddy vehicles, overinflated prices, and Selleck's ineffectual staff and bizarre family. Plus, there's the mandatory obnoxious rival -- in this case smarmy Paxton Harding (Ed Helms), who fancies himself a rock star and has delusions of grandeur. Ready may be a confirmed predator, but he's about to experience some truly life-changing moments -- and maybe learn a lesson or two about love and honor along the way.
Is it any good?
It's irreverent and beyond crass, but THE GOODS: LIVE HARD, SELL HART is also very funny. No cow is too sacred to be decimated here. Piven and a long list of brave comic performers and character actors (including a hilarious turn by producer Will Ferrell) give it their all, whether they're on screen for only a few moments or in leading roles.
It's not a movie for the easily offended, and it's definitely not a movie for kids. But if gross-out, testosterone-filled humor and the skewering of political correctness makes you laugh, then The Goods is a definite must-see.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the movie's over-the-top style of humor. How far will filmmakers go to elicit laughter? Did any scenes make you uncomfortable?
The movie is full of jokes about race, weight, religion, sexuality, etc. Is that a form of stereotyping? Is it OK to play up stereotypes in the name of humor?
It's usually important for a movie to have a character the audience can root for. How do the filmmakers make the main characters likeable in spite of their outrageous, ridiculous behavior?
How does the movie depict "families"? How is Don's gang of salespeople like a family? Are there things to admire about their relationship? How does that family compare with the actual Selleck family?
- In theaters: August 14, 2009
- On DVD or streaming: December 15, 2009
- Cast: Jeremy Piven, Kathryn Hahn, Ving Rhames
- Director: Neal Brennan
- Studio: Paramount Vantage
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 90 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug material
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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