The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard


The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Critics Consensus

Despite the talent in front of and behind the camera, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard largely misfires, proving a squandered opportunity for all involved.



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Who is Don Ready? Salesman? Lover? Song Stylist? Semi-professional dolphin trainer? Ready is all of the above--except for a dolphin trainer. When he's asked to help save an ailing local car dealership from bankruptcy, Ready and his ragtag crew descend on the town of Temecula like a pack of coyotes on a basket full of burgers. Selling, drinking, selling and going to strip clubs is their stock and trade. And they do it well. What Don doesn't expect is to fall in love and find his soul (cue heartfelt piano).

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Jeremy Piven
as Don Ready
Ving Rhames
as Jibby Newsome
Ed Helms
as Paxton Harding
James Brolin
as Ben Selleck
David Koechner
as Brent Gage
Kathryn Hahn
as Babs Merrick
Jordana Spiro
as Ivy Selleck
Ken Jeong
as Teddy Dang
Tony Hale
as Wade Zooha
Alan Thicke
as Stu Harding
Wendie Malick
as Tammy Selleck
Joey Kern
as Ricky
Charles Napier
as Dick Lewiston
Rob Riggle
as Peter Selleck
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Critic Reviews for The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (74)

  • A throng of outrageous supporting characters do little to salvage this stalled effort.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It isn't merely bad, it makes you want to clamp your hands to either side of your face and do an impersonation of The Scream.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

    Toby Young

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • This film is so crass and so lowbrow its hairline is level with the carpet underlay. And yet, and yet, I must hang my head and confess I did laugh a fair bit.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • They look as if they could provide more laughs but are defeated by bovine gags retrieved from a trashcan full of out-takes.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 1/5
  • That mainstream cinema continually serves up such offensive offal is one thing, but the fact that the boundaries of taste are challenged with such regularity is made all the more alarming when passed off as harmless fun.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 1/5
  • It's a grab bag of comic ideas, but some of the gags are impressively perverse.

    Aug 20, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

  • Apr 12, 2016
    I did laugh and I didn't, this was a mixed bag for me. There were recognisable actors everywhere but they didn't always click. I did feel slightly letdown by the poor direction, why they included some jokes I will never know. Mixed focus and storytelling can't survive the duration, the film went all out but couldn't bridge the gap from slapstick to comedy.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2011
    Completely what I expected. Pretty terrible except for Will Ferrell. He was so funny.
    Matt G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2011
    This is what I call a good raunchy comedy that brings the goods! Man was this hilarious from start to finish about a failing car dealership that desperately seeks help from expert salesmen and that brings Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) and his dysfunctional team. There were a lot of great cameos in the film including Will Ferrell that were hysterical in there roles, I was laughing out loud more than once and I haven't laughed that hard at an comedy in quite awhile and it felt good but there are a lot of one liners in the movie so pay attention because they're freaking hilarious. This movie has the same over the top and unbelievable humor in it as the films like The Stepbrothers, Cadillac Man, Harold & Kumar and Hot Tub Time Machine so get ready to laugh. This movie didn't get a lot of great reviews so I kind of avoided it for awhile but now I regret doing that because this is the funniest comedy I've seen in a long time and it is balls to the wall entertainment that doesn't hold back and I dig comedies like that, sure it doesn't bring anything new to reinvent the comedy genre but who cares the movie doesn't try to do that and it knows what it is and it's a comedy that deserves to be called a comedy plain and simple. Overall I had a blast watching this movie and was consistently funny and I might as well buy this film that's how much I like it which I don't say that much about films because I'm not much of a rewatcher or buyer but that's how much I like this movie and I recommend it if you want a good laugh. More of a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2010
    "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" is a moderately amusing comedy that works at cross purposes. On the one hand, you have Don Ready(Jeremy Piven, who I would definitely buy a used car from), master salesman, who is so good at his job that he convinces a flight crew that smoking is okay in violation of half dozen federal statutes.(Smoke 'em if you got 'em. I don't fly. I don't care.) Even though they have not been home in over a year and a half, he accepts another job on behalf of his crew(Ving Rhames, Kathryn Hahn & David Koechner) to save a failing car dealership owned by Ben Selleck(James Brolin) in Temecula, Ca. For which, Don also requires strippers and a DJ. But something has been gnawing at Don since Albuquerque which does not inolve a wrong turn. And beneath the movie's silly veneer, it tries to work in some serious stuff about staying on the road too long but it should not matter if you are enjoying yourself. And since everybody is too busy at the party, they do not have any time to think much of anything. It is the morning after when you have a moment and a huge headache, that the reflecting can kick in but the characters are not quite there, yet. So, while the movie might have ambiguous feelings about its traveling salesmen(never a good sign), it harbors little ill will towards its small town characters, as many a familiar face shows up. And then there is Alan Thicke playing the villain of the piece.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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