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Good Advice (2001)

An investment banker loses everything and must discover what's important in life.

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Steve Rash
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Ryan Edward Turner
Angie Harmon ... Page Henson
Denise Richards ... Cindy Styne
Jon Lovitz ... Barry Sherman
Rosanna Arquette ... Cathy Sherman
Estelle Harris ... Iris
Barry Newman ... Donald Simpson
Lisa Rinna ... Veronica Simpson
John de Lancie ... Ted (as John DeLancie)
Francoise Surel ... Lucy Stone
Pete Gardner ... Carl
Troy Byer ... Nancy (as Troy Beyer)
Andrew Berman Andrew Berman ... Steven
Christopher Burkott Christopher Burkott ... Mail Room Clerk
Madison Mason ... Jim Pearson
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Ryan is a womanizing stockbroker whose unethical business practices cost him his job and his trader's license. Unable to find another job, he is forced to move in with his equally self-involved (and completely oblivious) girlfriend, Cindy, an insensitive advice columnist on the cusp of losing her own job due to her poor advice and slow work habits. Finding that the truth behind his moving in has nothing to do with romance, Cindy runs off with another man. Ryan decides to stay in the apartment and earn a living by doing Cindy's job. Ryan establishes himself with Cindy's editor, Page, as Cindy's go-fer, collecting Cindy's paychecks and mail and delivering "her" columns. Initially as hopelessly inept as Cindy in giving advice, he nearly gets the column canceled. However, he rapidly grows into the job and the combination of forced introspection, research and the growing knowledge that he is touching other people's lives transforms him. The column becomes an amazing success. Ryan finds his... Written by Anonymous

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From fixing stocks to fixing hearts.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Charlie Sheen met his future wife, Denise Richards, on this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Ryan is talking with Page over drinks/contract discussions, the camera moves in and out from Ryan/Page to Page. In the switch between close-up and distant shots, you see locks of hair dangling near Page's face in the close-ups, but, in the distant shots, her hair is perfectly set. See more »

Quotes

Donald Simpson: When I want something, Miss Henson, I usually get it.
Page Hensen: Well, you'll have to get it somewhere else. If you'll excuse me.
[Page starts to exit the office]
Donald Simpson: You never wrestle with pigs, Miss Henson. You'll both get dirty. Only the pig likes it.
Page Hensen: Well, at least I know what species I'm dealing with. Good day, Mr. Simpson.
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References Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »

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Let It Go
Performed by Saq
Vocal by ziggy kormandel
Bass/loops: Lauren Scheff
Drums: blair sinta
Produced by Lauren Scheff
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Hilariously funny
17 October 2005 | by i-brixSee all my reviews

I bought the DVD at the local video store and nearly passed it up: after all, there are never any good movies in the sales section, are there? Well, this one definitely is good.

The Story: Ryan is a Wall Street Broker and a real big asshole (as his friend states: "huge would be an understatement"). But after losing his job and his girlfriend leaving him for a richer guy, he has to pay the rent somehow. And the only job he can lay his hands on is writing his girlfriend's "Ask Cindy"-column. And after dropping all his machismo the column even turns out successful.... (But before the end of course he still has to get his revenge for losing his job and also to get a new girlfriend. Wouldn't be a comedy otherwise, would it?)

While not the very best of movies, it is very and funny and also has a few memorable quotes. I personally liked the way the camera followed Ryan's butt several times which was quite refreshing to all the times a camera drops down a woman's neckline (even though my husband pointed out the camera did follow Page every time she leaned forward to get up from her chair).

For me, the movie was actually rather hurtful: I like to clap my hands or slap my knees at scenes which I really like. And after the movie, my hands hurt!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2001 (Netherlands) See more »

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Good Advice See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$475,628
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