We went to see this movie over the weekend. It wasn’t a good sign that we were the only ones in the theater. And I do mean the ONLY ones in the theater. Total take for our showing: $18. Granted, we were in a theater known for its small audiences, and it’s a wonder they even stay in business, considering. The entire time we were there, I only saw 5 other people anywhere.

But this is a review of the movie, not the theater, so I digress.

Overall, “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard” had some very funny moments. The movie starts with a bang, and never really stops. Unfortunately, the jokes are pretty forced, and it never really takes off and becomes particularly funny. It’s certainly not “Superbad” (though there’s a pretty funny mention of it). Jeremy Piven really doesn’t shine like he’s capable of, and probably was the weakest performance in the movie. Too much like Ari Gold in Entourage, but yet not enough.

Will Ferrell makes a funny cameo, at least at first, but when the singing angels show up, it takes it over the top to ruin the fun.

Overall, some very funny parts, but not enough to make this a must-see.

Watch it, but wait for DVD.

Rating: 2.5 of 5

– Reviewed by Bradley K. Brown