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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard -- From the guys behind Talladega Nights and Step Brothers comes one of the most outrageous comedies of the year!  Smooth-talking salesman Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) and his crazy crew of closers have just one weekend to move over 200 cars and prove that when it comes to conning, conniving and all kinds of bad behavior, they've got the goods!
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard -- Clip: Never again!
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard -- Interview: Rob Riggle "On the cast and crew"
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard -- Clip: Google it
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard -- Clip: What are my options Don?


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Writers (WGA):
Andy Stock (written by) &
Rick Stempson (written by)
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Release Date:
14 August 2009 (USA) See more »
Used-car liquidator Don Ready is hired by a flailing auto dealership to turn their Fourth of July sale into a majorly profitable event. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Jeremy Piven ... Don Ready

Ving Rhames ... Jibby 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

Craig Robinson ... DeeJay

Bryan Callen ... Jason Big Ups!

Joey Kern ... Ricky Big Ups!

Kristen Schaal ... Stewardess Stacey

Chris Gartin ... Selleck Customer - Husband

Jessica St. Clair ... Selleck Customer - Wife

Mary Castro ... Stripper
Gary Sanchez ... Passenger Mariachi

Matt Walsh ... Captain Ortiz
Samantha Albert ... Selleck Auto Trader Customer

Ian Roberts ... Selleck Customer - Gary

Jean Villepique ... Selleck Customer - Mother

Brooke Lenzi ... Karaoke Pretty Girl

Morgan Murphy ... Karaoke Bartender
Gwen Stewart ... McDermott Angel
Courtney Alain Bradshaw ... McDermott Angel (as Courtney Bradshaw)

T.J. Miller ... Cessna Jim

Molly Erdman ... Selleck Customer of Zooha

Paul Lieberstein ... Selleck Last Customer

Erica Vittina Phillips ... Selleck Customer - Teddy
Sabrina Renata Maahs ... Don's Stripper (as Sabrina Maahs)
Brianne Van Cuyck ... Brent's Stripper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don Abernathy ... Car Buyer (uncredited)
David Bantly ... Selleck Salesman #1 (uncredited)
Bambi Birnbaum ... Screaming Customer (uncredited)
Jason Castle ... Rioter (uncredited)

David Cohen ... Rioter (uncredited)

Ivonnah Erskine ... Gypsy (uncredited)

Will Ferrell ... McDermott (uncredited)

Gina Gershon ... (uncredited)
Jennifer Harkins-Sklov ... Stripper / Dancer (uncredited)
Austin Honaker ... That Guy in the Riot (uncredited)
Kayla Laws ... Enraged Teen (uncredited)
Itai Levin ... Customer / Rioter (uncredited)

Cheryl Lyone ... Excited Customer (uncredited)
Alan Mueting ... Customer / Rioter (uncredited)

Bradley Steven Perry ... Young Don Ready (uncredited)

Sandra Rosko ... Screaming Customer (uncredited)

Vanessa Ross ... Sapphire (uncredited)

Danielle Souza ... Customer (uncredited)

Brennan Taylor ... Karaoke Patron (uncredited)

Kulap Vilaysack ... Blowout Customer #2 (uncredited)

Nancy Young ... Customer / Rioter (uncredited)
Juliana Zanville ... Crazy Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Neal Brennan 
Writing credits
Andy Stock (written by) &
Rick Stempson (written by)

Produced by
Owen Burke .... associate producer
Will Ferrell .... producer
Chris Henchy .... producer
Adam McKay .... producer
Kevin J. Messick .... producer (as Kevin Messick)
Louise Rosner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lyle Workman 
Cinematography by
Daryn Okada (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Jablow 
Kevin Tent 
Casting by
Jennifer Euston 
Allison Jones 
Production Design by
Stefania Cella 
Art Direction by
Robert W. Joseph 
Set Decoration by
Roya Parivar 
Costume Design by
Mary Jane Fort 
Makeup Department
Simone Almekias-Siegl .... makeup department head
Mustaque M. Ashrafi .... additional makeup artist (as Mustaq Ashrafi)
Nanci Cascio .... key hair stylist
Bridget Cook .... hair department head (as Bridget M. Cook)
Allan Cooke .... dental prosthetics
Gabriel De Cunto .... key makeup artist
Peggy Semtob .... additional hair stylist
Production Management
Ralph Bertelle .... executive in charge of production
Louise Rosner .... production manager
Richard Stirling .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Paul Clark .... assistant director
Juana Franklin .... second assistant director
Melinda Johnson .... second second assistant director
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... second unit director
Art Department
Kristen Davis .... set designer
Nicole Dome .... property person
Casey Engelhardt .... art department coordinator (as Casey W. Engelhardt)
Carmine Goglia .... stand-by painter
Glen Hall .... assistant props
Edward A. Ioffreda .... graphic artist
Jim Landis .... first assistant property master
Martin L. Mercer .... storyboard artist
Lanie Mimikakis .... assistant props
Larry Morgan .... carpenter
Matt Sazzman .... carpenter
Tim Schultz .... property master
Bryan Turk .... propmaker foreman
Daniel Turk .... construction coordinator
John Warner .... leadman
Erica Wernick .... graphic designer: props
Whit Vogel .... additional graphics (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Scott Cannizzaro .... adr mixer
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator
Mark Fay .... sound utility
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Justin Herman .... sound engineer
Patrick Hogan .... dialogue editor
Matthew Iadarola .... supervising re-recording mixer
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Susan Kurtz .... dialogue editor
Jared Marshack .... sound mixing recordist
Todd Murakami .... sound effects editor
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Rodrigo Ortiz-Parraga .... sound engineer
Andy Sisul .... first assistant sound editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Shawn Sykora .... supervising foley editor
Robert Ulrich .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Mark Weingarten .... sound mixer
Richard E. Yawn .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Rich E. Cordobes .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Mandy Arnold .... digital restoration artist
Alex Gitler .... digital compositor
Heather Elisa Hill .... visual effects project manager: CIS Hollywood
Sadie D. Johnson .... digital intermediate assistant producer
David Van Dyke .... visual effects producer: CIS Hollywood
Karla Ventocilla .... digital artist
Shane Cook .... compositor: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
Troy Bellinghausen .... stunts
Tom Bergman .... stunts
Gianni Biasetti Sr. .... skydiving supervisor (as Gianni Biasetti)
Gianni Biasetti Sr. .... stunt rigger (as Gianni Biasetti)
Deck Braun .... stunt performer
Eddie Braun .... stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunt double
Rico Burgos .... utility stunts
Harry Daniels .... stunt performer
Max Daniels .... stunt performer
Greg Dela Riva .... utility stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunt performer
Tony Donno .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Michael Endoso .... stunt performer
Terra Grant .... stunt performer
Zac Henry .... stunt rigger
Zac Henry .... utility stunts
Brian Knutson .... stunts
Tony Lazzara .... stunt performer
Rob Mars .... stunt double: T.J. Miller
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt performer
Victory Palmisano .... stunt performer
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Charlie Picerni .... stunts
Steve Picerni .... stunt performer
Steve Stafford .... aerial coordinator
Steve Stafford .... stunt pilot
John Tamburro .... helicopter stunt pilot
Philip Tan .... stunt double
Nancy Young .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Adcock .... camera operator: "a" camera
Norman Ash .... electrician
Nico Bally .... remote head technician
Kevin Britton .... assistant camera
James B. Crawford .... gaffer
Gary Dagg .... key grip
Daniel Dorowsky .... fixtures
Sam Emerson .... still photographer
John C. Flinn IV .... assistant camera
Paul Hazard .... best boy electric
Julie Helton .... second assistant camera
Douglas S. Holgate .... aerial director of photography
James Keys .... rigging gaffer
J. Steven Matzinger .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jim McComas .... lighting technician
John Murphy .... dolly grip
Darin Necessary .... first assistant camera
Ron Newburn .... lighting technician
Jesse Olivares .... key video assist engineer
Jens Piotrowski .... Steadicam operator
Forrest Sandefer .... grip
Jeremy Settles .... camera operator
Joseph T. Terranova .... set lighting technician
Patrick Albani .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Curt B. Walheim .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Angela Campolla-Sanders .... casting assistant
Ben Harris .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yaa Boaa Aning .... set costumer
Phyllis Corcoran-Woods .... costume supervisor
Rebecca M. Graves .... costume assistant
Jim Hansen .... costumer
Ric Spencer .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Cameron Arguelles .... breakdown editor
Vaune Kirby Frechette .... first assistant editor
Ryan Helsley .... digital intermediate producer
David Marks .... first assistant editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
Mike Sowa .... digital intermediate colorist
Jay Steinberg .... on-line editor
Valance Eisleben .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bryan Carrigan .... digital score recordist
Chris Fogel .... music scoring mixer
Matt Franko .... music preparation
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Mark Graham .... head of music preparation
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor
Fred Kron .... orchestrator
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Jason Ruder .... temp music editor
Mike Sawitzke .... pro tools operator
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
John Ashton Thomas .... conductor
John Ashton Thomas .... orchestrator
Rebekah Touma .... music coordinator
Jojo Villanueva .... music supervisor
Erica Weis .... music editor
Richard Ziegler .... music editor
Aron Pinsky .... music clearances (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ronald Arthur Baker .... transportation
Denny Caira .... transportation coordinator
Kevin Caira .... driver
Jayson Chang .... transportation office coordinator
Wallace Frick .... transportation captain
Alex E. Burns .... transportation: re-shoots (uncredited)
Other crew
Laura Bagano .... key craft service
Mike Barry .... assistant location manager
Paul Becker .... choreographer
Colin Borden .... production assistant: reshoots
Ericka Bryce .... supervising medic
Joe Camp .... head animal wrangler
Will Casey .... unit publicist
Gregory Cebulski .... production assistant
John Chisholm .... welfare/studio teacher
Jennifer Clark .... first assistant accountant
Dennis Curlett Jr. .... production assistant
David Diamond .... location manager
Gabrielle Eisenstadt .... production assistant
Jessica Elbaum .... assistant: Mr. Ferrell
Cecilia Escobar .... payroll accountant
Taryn Feingold .... assistant to Jeremy Piven
Wayne Fielder .... set medic
David Goodin .... second assistant accountant
Amy Israel .... production executive
Sean Kaczmarek .... accounting clerk
Lauryn Kahn .... assistant: Mr. McKay
Zachary Kahn .... key assistant location manager
Jason Kaplon .... key assistant location manager
Lizzy Jane Klein .... assistant: Mr. Brennan (as Elizabeth Klein)
Chris Kuhl .... assistant: Mr. Messick and Ms. Rosner
Cary Sato Lee .... craft service
Peter Lowe .... chef
Tammy Maples .... head animal wrangler
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Nick Plantico .... animal wrangler
John Sanchez .... production coordinator
Teddy Saunders .... assistant: Mr. Piven (as Ted Saunds)
Jessica Jane Stewart .... production secretary
Elisabeth Stone .... assistant: Mr. Henchy
Mary Sunshine .... production accountant
Brooke Vannatta .... assistant: Mr. Koechner
Jonathon Carmichael .... technical supervisor (uncredited)
Michelle Faraone .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rena Hanover .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Stiles .... researcher (uncredited)

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug material
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA15+ (2010) | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Iceland:14 | Ireland:16 | Malaysia:18 | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #44379)
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Did You Know?

Jeremy Piven and Will Ferrell 's second movie together. They previously worked together in the film Old School (2003) wherein Ferrell played one of the main character while Piven played the main antagonist. Ironically, while Ferrell's character was shown to have died in this film, in Old School Piven's character died in the end.See more »
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.See more »
Don Ready:Pain is weakness leaving the body.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Silence of the Lambs (1991)See more »
Eagle StyleSee more »


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a true hit and miss comedy, like a dartboard of high and low raunch, 17 August 2009
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

It's something to note since not too many other reviews will point it out that the director of The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard is Neal Brennan. Who is Neal Brennan? For about the last decade and a half he was the white-guy collaborator, super-close in fact, with Dave Chappelle. Now that their collaboration has fallen apart after Chappelle's walk-away from his show, Brennan is now left to put his own career forward. If The Goods is a sign of where his career might be headed... he still has some ways to go. But it's a decent start: he can definitely let his actors go totally wild and is able to capture plenty of jokes and wacky characters along the way... and also, sometimes, not really at all.

Plot? What plot? It's so thin that you'd need Nicole Richie standing by it for comparison. Oh sure, there's character development, sort of, where we see Don Ready (Jeremy Piven), super hot-shot car salesman and his crew of hot-shot car salesman, come to a small town to help a fledgling car dealership for one weekend to avoid getting bankrupt and/or taken over by the dastardly competition plus a "Man-Band" (over thirty boy band) headed by Ed Helms. The rest of the movie's story focuses on this rag-tag group of characters and their one-track adventures, and Ready's whole "finding-himself" saga which includes facing the fact that he's an a-hole who wanders from town to town without any connections personally or acknowledging that he might have a son (who isn't really, by the way, another 'joke'), and the ultimate goal that you know is going to come around, with a twist or two perhaps.

This is a true throw-a-dart-at-a-board comedy where the filmmaker and writers just keep the gags going and going on. It's not just Brennan pushing it either, since Will Ferrell (who appears in one of the funniest scenes in the movie as an angel visiting Ready to give him a boost as a former salesman) produced it, and it has that crazy anything-goes style. What works? This will be subjective, 100%. You can't go into this knowing what to expect even if you think you'd like 'this' kind of movie, meaning a movie with lots of (very) R-rated comedy and actors that those of us who see these movies recognize (Craig Robinson, ken Jeong, Helms, Rob Riggle). Some may dispute if Rob Riggle playing a 10 year old man-child is funny (or the female salesman who keeps hitting on him) or if James Brolin's gay thing for another salesman is funny, or if Helms as a guy in a "Man-Band" going completely obvious is funny.

Some of this, in fact, is. But if I had one problem really overall it was Jeremy Piven. I have a feeling you either really go with this guys work or you don't. I don't, at least not anymore. To describe his performance as Ready is as simple as saying that he walked off the set of Entorage and didn't get out of character except to switch from talent agent to car salesman. It's old-hat by this point, and it's something that Piven has had for a lot of his career going back to PCU. If someone else had played this character it might have been funnier, or more interesting, but with Piven his obvious streak in this film becomes obnoxious, and even funny lines are overplayed as if "hey, this is FUNNY". This can be a problem sporadically in the film as well (one of the characters, for me, that had this was the WW2 veteran car salesman), but none so more prevalent than Piven.

On the opposite side of this is Ving Rhames, who gives a surprisingly funny comic performance as a mack-daddy who's had sex with hundreds of women... but has 'never made love' and finds his possible match with a political-science major stripping to make ends meet. It's a sign of subtlety that the film lacks otherwise. The Goods is an in-your-face * broad* comedy that keeps the jokes flying like a fast food joint. I don't fault the film for trying, but it will be at best a cult curiosity as opposed to something fans of 'this' kind of comedy fully embrace (the Will Ferrell school of crude absurdity to a tee). 5.5/10

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