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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

A hired-gun car salesman (Jeremy Piven) and his crew of eccentric sales associates (Ving Rhames, David Koechner, Kathryn Hahn) come to the rescue of an ailing California dealership during a three-day Fourth of July blowout. This frantic, vulgar, but often clever comedy seems to have been inspired by John Landis's little-seen documentary Slasher (2004), though the dealership's rivalry with a neighboring car lot may also call to mind the old Robert Zemeckis classic Used Cars (1980). It's a grab bag of comic ideas, but some of the gags are impressively perverse (like Hahn's lust for a ten-year-old boy whose glandular abnormality has turned him into a full-grown man). First-time director Neal Brennan is best known for having partnered with Dave Chappelle on the cult sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show; the cast includes Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, and Rob Riggle. R, 90 min.

Credits

Director:

  • Neal Brennan

Cast:

  • Jeremy Piven
  • Ving Rhames
  • James Brolin
  • David Koechner
  • Kathryn Hahn
  • Jordana Spiro
  • Rob Riggle
  • Ed Helms
  • Alan Thicke

Writers:

  • Andy Stock
  • Rick Stempson

Producers:

  • Adam McKay
  • Will Ferrell
  • Kevin Messick
  • Chris Henchy

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