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Good Guy
     

The Good Guy

Director: Julio DePietro

Cast: Scott Porter, Alexis Bledel, Bryan Greenberg

 
After executive producing the acclaimed documentary Manda Bala and the J.M. Coetzee adaptation Disgrace, Julio DePietro makes his feature debut as a writer-director with The Good Guy, a drama about ambitious young Wall Streeters fighting each other -- and sometimes their own decent nature -

Overview

After executive producing the acclaimed documentary Manda Bala and the J.M. Coetzee adaptation Disgrace, Julio DePietro makes his feature debut as a writer-director with The Good Guy, a drama about ambitious young Wall Streeters fighting each other -- and sometimes their own decent nature -- to get ahead in the world. Our narrator, Tommy (Scott Porter of TV's Friday Night Lights), is young, clever, charming, and attractive. He's got a smart, pretty girlfriend, Beth (Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls), an urban conservationist. He's also very good at his investment broker job, impressing his ruthless, cynical boss, Cash (erstwhile "Brat Pack" member Andrew McCarthy). When a key member of Tommy's sales team suddenly leaves for a competitor, Tommy needs to fill his spot quickly, and takes a chance on the bumbling Daniel (Bryan Greenberg, Bride Wars), a former Marine and computer geek who seems a bit naïve about high finance and a bit nervous around women. Tommy takes Daniel under his wing, showing him how to dress, where to socialize, and how to charm attractive women. Their relationship is threatened when Daniel begins spending more time with Beth, joining her book club, and becoming her confidant. Tommy begins to question his decision to share his wisdom with Daniel, while Daniel is forced to decide what success really means to him, and where his loyalties lie. The Good Guy also stars Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop) and Aaron Yoo (Disturbia). The film had its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
The Good Guy beat Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel to festival screens by a good year (well, not such a good year on Wall Street), so perhaps it was ahead of the curve in a way, but it still feels a bit tired and familiar. At least Ben Younger had the temerity to make his junior Mamet, testicular-capitalism-run-amok movie, Boiler Room, way back in 2000, before the economy's house of cards had shown any sign of collapsing. While these movies seem to follow a similar formula (wide-eyed innocent taken under the wing of a Master of the Universe, corrupted by wealth and power, eventually reaching a crisis of conscience), Julio DePietro, writer and director of The Good Guy, has real-life experience in the financial world, and he creates a convincingly cutthroat milieu. He also has his own take on the story, complete with literary references (Lolita, Pride and Prejudice, and, most pertinently, Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier are all discussed) and a love triangle. Scott Porter is appropriately slick and superficially charming as our narrator, Tommy, a hotshot investment broker who chooses the naïve Daniel (Bryan Greenberg), an earnest, bumbling former Marine, as the unlikely newest member of his team of sharks. While showing Daniel the ropes, Tommy realizes that Daniel is forging a strong connection with his girlfriend, Beth (Alexis Bledel), and begins to question Daniel's loyalty. The script hinges too heavily on a distinctly literary narrative device. From a thematic standpoint, DePietro's "twist" works, but it becomes transparent well before it's revealed, and more problematically, it relies on withholding too much information from the audience. As a result, it feels gimmicky. The New York locations are well chosen, and the young cast is charismatic. Anna Chlumsky demonstrates some of the comedic talent that she exploited more fully for In the Loop, while Andrew McCarthy is clearly relishing his role as Tommy's crassly amoral boss, Cash. After Daniel fails to impress a client with a night on the town, Cash complains to Tommy that the new guy is "about as much fun as chlamydia." DePietro's script has its share of such Entourage-level zingers, but it also has a heart, and that's actually part of the problem. Like its forebears, The Good Guy spends a lot of time illustrating a seductive high-rolling lifestyle, and then lets us know how empty and meaningless it all is, really. At least one character has to wake up with something much more troubling than a hangover -- a conscience. DePietro shies away from the real consequences of leaving a lucrative career behind in deference to one's ethics. His focus is on the romance, which undercuts whatever points he's making about unfettered greed and ruthless ambition. In the end, the film's morality has more to do with how the villain treats the women in his life than with the unscrupulous way he earns his living. There was a time when such an approach to this material might have been more palatable, but that time has passed. DePietro softens the edge of his morality play by indulging in romantic fantasy. It seems he's trying to shoehorn in a little Sex and the City where he really needs more Glengarry Glen Ross.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/2010
UPC:
0031398123132
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
61,620

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with writer/director Julio DePietro and cast member Alexis Bledel; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Scott Porter Tommy
Alexis Bledel Beth
Bryan Greenberg Daniel
Andrew McCarthy Cash
Aaron Yoo Steve-O
Anna Chlumsky Lisa
Andrew Stewart-Jones Shakespeare
Colin Egglesfield Baker
Eric Thal Stephens
Sarah Glendening Jen
Ursula Abbott Jill
Kathy Searle Susan
Jessalyn Wanlim Jordan
Ed Wheeler Irv
Michael Simeoni Donny
Trini Alvarado Sylvia
Darrin Baker Bobby
Rob Bogue Johnny
Ray Seiden Security Guard
Megan Bones Waitress
Rana Davis Cashier
Adrian Martinez Larry
Adam Le Fevre Billy
David Villalobos Stefan
Christine Evangelista Brooke
Jackie Stewart Sofia
Michael Sirow Smitten Man
Monica Steuer Florist
Jeane Fournier Christie
Denise Vasi Suki
Luca Calvani Paolo
Clem Cheung Angry Taxi Driver
Kate Nauta Cynthia

Technical Credits
Julio DePietro Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Rene Bastian Producer
Sig De Miguel Casting
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Ray Hubley Editor
Amanda Mackey Casting
Jonathan A. Mason Associate Producer
Linda Moran Producer
Erika Munro Costumes/Costume Designer
Tommaso Ortino Production Designer
Joe Rudge Musical Direction/Supervision
Yann Sobezynski Asst. Director
Seamus Tierney Cinematographer
Tomandandy Score Composer
Stephen Vincent Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Good Guy
1. Help Me [7:28]
2. Sharing Scissors [9:00]
3. Your Guy [8:00]
4. Any Woman [4:31]
5. Make It Ring [8:28]
6. Not a Prayer [7:21]
7. Single Most Important Thing [4:55]
8. The Tryout [9:17]
9. Your Answer [9:50]
10. Crazy Christie [6:55]
11. Light [8:39]
12. Headas or Tails [6:17]

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