The Good Guy (2009)



Critic Consensus: The Good Guy has an attractive cast, but they aren't done any favors by the film's cardboard characters and cliched plot.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for pervasive language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Julio DePietro
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 2010
Box Office: $34.7k
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as Johnny

as Security Guard

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as Waitress

as Cashier

as Smitten Man

as Florist

as Christie

as Angry Taxi Driver

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Critic Reviews for The Good Guy

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (12)

It's network television drama, starring actors best known for their TV work and full of the petty gripes and mild worries of characters who really have nothing compelling to worry about.

Full Review… | March 4, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It has smart characters, and is wise about the ones who try to tame their intelligence by acting out.

Full Review… | March 4, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The Good Guy has a few half-cute moments, some chuckles, and enough pretty faces to cast at least two TV pilots. What it doesn't have is a clue.

Full Review… | March 3, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

There's too little difference between the good guys and the bad guys in Julio DePietro's uninspired debut, a slickly cynical romance destined to be quickly forgotten.

Full Review… | February 19, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Drawing on his stint at a Chicago investment firm, DePietro creates characters, dialogue and situations that feel authentic, which makes the film relevant in unexpected ways, though not as deeply as you hope he'll do in the future.

Full Review… | February 19, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

resh enough to provide the voyeuristic kick of glimpsing the frenzied lifestyle of aspiring masters of the universe.

Full Review… | February 19, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Good Guy


Not bad. Not great. Seemed to make an attempt at a nice romantic drama, but doesn't quite go all the way.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I was surprised to see this has a fairly bad rating, I actually quite enjoyed it.
I picked it up fairly cheap as it has Alexis Bledel in it. I would never claim she is a great actress, but I liked The Gilmore Girls, and she does have a pleasant girl next door quality which makes her watchable. Then I noticed Andrew McCarthy and Anna Chlumsky where also in it. Even better
The story pretty much just follows a girl and her relationship with her boyfriend, and his situation at work. It is one of those all are not as it seems stories.
Along the way there are a few laughs with some fun supporting characters and also a male makeover, which makes a change to the usual ugly duckling girl story.
I found this pleasant viewing which didn't drag in it's 80 minute run time.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Christopher Haskell

Super Reviewer

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