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The Good Guy Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

So young. So pretty. So what. Read full review

2.5

Jen Yamato Profile

Girl, don't date him! Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    One by one, each scene goes slack as the script struggles with Screenwriting 101 problems like who the main character is and what he wants -- not to mention why any of us should care in the first place.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    DePietro struggles to reconcile the perceived demands of the romantic comedy genre (though his film is more bittersweet than most) and the tang and hustle and detail of real life.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    The result is a more-clever-than-most window into modern urban yuppie mating rituals, tracking just how tough it is to keep a grip on love and the corporate ladder at the same time.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie’s confident performances and its eye and ear for detail make The Good Guy a satisfying insider’s snapshot of a shark tank.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Like its characters, Good Guy is sharp, fun and pleasant to behold, and its recreational, apartment and workplace locales are appropriately slick and showy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

High-reaching adult drama with lots of language, drinking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tepid drama, which has promise but doesn't make good on it, will likely attract teen fans of lead actress Alexis Bledel (of Gilmore Girls fame), but its mature themes are better saved for older teens and adults. There's little nudity, but heaps of swearing and drinking and, worse, many characters who reek of chauvinism. Both men and women, in fact, are stereotyped to a certain degree; most stock traders are portrayed as scheming users and the women, easily fooled and much too preoccupied with being coupled, or bitterly disappointed.

  • Families can talk about Tommy and how he changes over time? Is it an actual, gradual change, or was his true personality there all along? Who exactly is the good guy in this movie?
  • On Tommy's workplace: Do you think that's really how stock traders all behave? Are they often portrayed in this manner? Why? Is it fair to be displayed in this light? What did you think about all the drinking they do?
  • Why would Daniel want to be a trader in the first place? Why would Tommy take him under his wing? Does this plot point make sense?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Though not all male characters come off as players, most are, and the message appears to be to steer clear of them unless someone is obviously not a user. Not a bad message, but certainly a simplistic one. Guys aren't all looking to add to the notches on the proverbial bed posts, and women aren't all longing for boyfriends, but in this movie, that's how they come off.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main female character is sweet and kind, but she's played for a fool. Most of the other female characters are portrayed as bitter and lonely, frustrated by the guys they date. They do rally around female friends who've been wronged, however. Except for one lead character and another supporting character, the men are chauvinistic and boorish, and relish scoring women for sport. The exceptions, however, are exact opposites, full of heart and good intentions (though they come off as one-note).

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A man punches a friend, who doesn't hit back.

  • sex false3

    Sex: More raunchy talk than action. A couple has sex for the first time, and there's no nudity, but discussion about putting on a condom. Men trawl bars for women to approach and pick them apart based on appearance, and one character, who appears to have a knack for juggling many girlfriends, flirts with another while his date sits right across from him. One character hires a prositute for sex.

  • language false4

    Language: Loaded with swearing, including "bitch," "s--t," and "f--k," which one character utters numerous times within the first 10 minutes of the film.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Labels for beer and iPhone are visible. Microsoft and other stocks, plus Banana Republic is name-dropped.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of social drinking -- beer, shots of tequila -- and sometimes to the point of inebriation. In one scene, drugs in vials -- ecstasy, Viagra, Xanax -- fall out of a pinata.

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