Dave's Rating:


Better than "Walk Hard" at least.

Who's In It: Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, James Brolin, David Koechner, Kathryn Hahn, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Rob Riggle, Will Ferrell

The Basics: It's about these guys selling used cars. That's kind of all there is to say about it, really. I mean, yes, there's a story about the main dealer--Piven, being jerkish and Entourage-y--and his personal demons. But none of that stuff matters because it's really just a series of dumb gags and naughty bits all thrown together and executed with all the finesse of a drunk driver.

What's The Deal: But just because it's sloppy and about nothing doesn't mean it's not funny. It gets over by being really raunchy and dumb and pushing the edge of what's acceptable to laugh at, like when Kathryn Hahn's foul-mouthed character sexually stalks The Daily Show's Rob Riggle, who plays a 10 year-old boy with a grown man's body. In fact, Piven's alpha-dog dealer, unfortunately saddled with an actual character arc, has the fewest funny lines as a result of the script deciding we're supposed to care about what happens to him. Since no one else in the cast is burdened with being even a little likable, they get away with more outrageous material.

If It Were Ever Going to Win Awards They Would Be For: Ugliest cinematography and production design of the year, weirdest and most fake-looking hair on a leading man, best gay performance by a guy married to Barbra Streisand and most judicious use of Will Ferrell (brief but hilarious cameo with a pair of angels who like to use the MF word a lot).

Funnier Used Car-Themed Movie: 1980's Used Cars. But again, this is barely about cars. It might as well have been set in a really competitive Baskin-Robbins franchise.


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