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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Lewiston
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)  »

Also Known As:

The Goods: The Don Ready Story  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,642,137 (USA) (16 August 2009)


$15,102,127 (USA) (27 September 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Trans Am at Selleck Motors most likely wasn't used in the making of Smokey and the Bandit. The most telling sign of this is that the interior is golden brown, and not dark blue which was the color of the interior in the original Bandit car. See more »


During the scene where Don is making a tandem skydive into the Selleck dealership, there are a number of obvious mistakes regarding the parachute gear: You can see there is no main parachute connected at the "three ring circus" connector point on the main harness as the two are in the aircraft doorway; There is no drogue parachute used during the freefall; Under canopy, there are only 5 or 6 straight cords connecting the parachute to the harness, instead of 10 to 12 split lines; The parachute the two land under is very small (less than 200 square feet), instead of the 400 - 500 square feet required for a tandem rig; and when Cessna Jim pulls his parachute up after landing, it is not connected anywhere to the harness. See more »


Ben Selleck: And who is this guy? Well you are a strapping young man.
Brent Gage: Brent Gage, Sir.
Ben Selleck: Brent Gage, Now that is a strong name. I don't know why but right off the bat i like you... *a lot*
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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 The Natural (1984) See more »


Eagle Style
Written by Adam McKay, Kyle Crusham & Kevin Hoetger
Performed by Set the Controls (as Set the Control)
Courtesy of Set the Control Music
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A Prime Example Of How Important Writing Is To A Movie
13 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the cast this movie looks like it will be good. Watching the trailers would further enforce this illusion. Unfortunately, this is not the case. As much as I like Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, David Koechner etc. this movie produces more groans than laughs. When the antagonist (Ed Helms) is more appealing than the protagonist (Jeremy Piven), then clearly the writing has to be pointed at as to why this movie fails to achieve it's intended affect (which is meager at that, to make you laugh). Also, the fact that there are no extras on the DVD should clue you in to how everyone involved with this stinker would rather forget this movie than remember it.

There are some laughs in the movie, Ed Helms is a bright spot, Will Ferrell's cameo is memorable, and there are some hilarious politically incorrect lines that Charles Napier's character (Dick Lewiston) delivers but the main flaw in this movie stems from the fact that I didn't want to root for Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) and his team of mercenary auto sellers. I found them repulsive and with NO redeemable qualities. That would be fine if this was an edgy drama. But this film aims to be a fun comedy.

The handful of good performances by the aforementioned solid cast save this from being a total waste of time but, not so much that you don't realize you've been sold a lemon by a sleazy used car salesman at the end of the movie.

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