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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)

R | | Comedy | 14 August 2009 (USA)
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Used-car liquidator Don Ready is hired by a flailing auto dealership to turn their Fourth of July sale into a majorly profitable event.


Neal Brennan





Cast overview, first billed only:
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


In a desperate attempt to save his rapidly failing used car dealership, Ben Selleck hires a crack team of "car mercenaries" to ramp up sales during the Fourth of July weekend. Led by the fast-talking, foul-mouthed, self-assured Don "The Goods" Ready, the group has three days to sell over 200 cars. But as Don undertakes his newest mission, and quickly falls for the boss's daughter Ivy, he realizes he'll have to trust more than his cars and his crafty skills in deceit to make a success out of the daunting weekend. Written by The Massie Twins

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Goods: The Don Ready Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Alhambra, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,642,137, 16 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,102,127, 27 September 2009
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kathryn Hahn also had a love interest with a man child in Step Brothers (2008). See more »


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: You give away free hot dogs and put up an inflatable gorilla, shit's gonna go down.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is a scene with Don Ready and Ivy Selleck set to music. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Amazing Grace
Traditional, arranged by Rob Mathieson
Courtesy of APM Music
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Captain Querque
16 August 2009 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Billed as 'from the makers of Talladega Nights and Anchorma', this one doesn't come close to either. Sure Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are as listed Producers, and Mr Ferrell has another of his unending string of cameos, but the film has none of the charm or big laughs that those two far superior comedies offer.

Jeremy Piven just can't carry a film ... and I believe he is a talented actor. But after this one, Smokin Aces and Keeping up with the Steins, he has proved to be much more effective in supporting roles (see Entourage). His career will last much longer if he will just embrace the supporting role. In this film, he is so over the top that his character is neither a parody nor believable nor really very funny. Comedy works best if we feel a touch of empathy or even hatred for the lead. Here, I liked the movie best when Piven was not in a scene (which rarely happened).

The good things about the film are the work of Bab's husband James Brolin, the interesting Kathryn Hahn, the raging Charles Napier, "10 yr old pituitary case" Rob Riggle, and Cameron Diaz lookalike Jordana Spiro. But the absolute best part is the fast rising Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover). He really goes all out in his role as spoiled grown-up in a "man band".

For two better comedies set at a car lot, see Used Cars (with Kurt Russell and the great Jack Warden) and Cadillac Man (Tim Robbins and Rosin Williams). For better comedies ... the list is limitless.

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