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The Good Guy (2009)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 18

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


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 8

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



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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


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Julio DePietro

Jun 22, 2010


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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (18) | DVD (2)

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.

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It has smart characters, and is wise about the ones who try to tame their intelligence by acting out.

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

March 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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resh enough to provide the voyeuristic kick of glimpsing the frenzied lifestyle of aspiring masters of the universe.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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High-reaching adult drama with lots of language, drinking.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Mild, pleasant, obvious romantic comedy set on Wall Street that's most notable for its (maybe accurate) portrayal of young brokers as amoral idiots oblivious to the real-life consequences of their risky business.

July 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Even on a reduced scale of expectation, Good Guy is stunningly empty and obvious, missing its mark as a cautionary tale or a romantic sojourn, instead slogging along a preordained trail of cliché.

June 17, 2010 Full Review Source:

Writer/director Julio DePietro's first effort is every bit as obvious as it sounds, thudding from one symmetrically perfect cliche to another.

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

A sort of much more polite, estrogenized filmic companion piece to a lost, mid-era Bret Easton Ellis novel, this movie has a different, interesting cant than most films of its ilk, but can't quite turn that positive into a deal-closing recommendation.

February 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

For a movie that clearly aspires to be an up-to-the-minute representation of New York City, The Good Guy already feels quite dated.

February 22, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

The cast could not be better.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

New York-based love story that illustrates how old-fashioned virtues can still play a significant role in matters of the heart.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Good guy finishes last and makes mediocre movie.

February 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
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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.
September 25, 2012

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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.
June 26, 2011

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July 7, 2010

Super Reviewer

This was actually pretty entertaining. It was a little short, but it was better than I thought it would be.
October 10, 2010

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