THE GOOD GUY
Reviewed for MovieWeb by Harvey Karten
Directed by: Julio DePietro
Written By: Julio DePietro
Cast: Alexis Bledel, Scott Porter, Bryan Greenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Aaron Yoo, Andrew McCarthy
Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 1/27/10
Opens: February 19, 2010
"The Good Guy" is a young man's "Wall Street." Though no-one in the youthful cast can yet match Michael Douglas's portrayal of Greed Personified, the light, fast-moving comedy with its bright young faces slips by as effortlessly as a couple of dollars on an August day in a Haagen Dazs emporium. As a romance it follows the convention of a couple which at first is unsure of each other's intentions but gets the right people together while giving the cad his comeuppance just in time to complete the frothy ninety minutes of celluloid.
Nor does it hurt to have Alexis Bledel (TV's Gilmore Girls) in the cast as Beth, looking perky as a young woman working for a conservation agency who is attracted to a guy who is almost her polar opposite. Tommy (Scott Porter), her boyfriend for the past three months, may be an environmentalist for all we know, but we see him as a hard-hitting investment banker who has an eye for the fair sex as much as for the buck in New York's financial center. He's your basic Joe College All American success story, heading a sales force under the overall command of the wisecracking, appropriately named Cash (Andrew McCarthy) and hangs out both during the workday and later in the pub with Shakespeare (Andrew Stewart-Jones), an African-American trader with a heavy British accent that astonishes the women he meets.
The plot thickens when a highly paid trader bolts from the firm to a company that will pay him double, and Tommy makes the unusual choice for his replacement of Daniel (Bryan Greensberg), a computer geek-cum-gopher who has no personality: a schlub. Little does Tommy know that when he gives the job to Daniel, a shy fellow of about thirty who seems never to have talked to a woman his age, he is hoist with his own petard. Daniel, the title good guy of the story, has much to offer but simply does not know how to tell others of his experiences as a world traveler, one who in his travels has found the Vietnamese to be the friendliest people he'd ever seen and who appreciates reading a good classic like "Lolita" and much of the output of Dickens and Tolstoy.
There's not a whole lot to say about the production, one which probably could have found a place as easily on TV, but attending "The Good Guy" is not a bad way to spend an evening. It may not be as exciting as a trip to the singles bars that fascinate the men and women of the cast, but at the same time you'll spare yourself the heartaches that befall those who have romantically love and lost.
Rated R. 90 minutes. © 2010 by Harvey Karten Member: NY Film Critics Online