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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

Better than "Walk Hard" at least. Read full review

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

  • 2.0
    39

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Tediously one-note comedy.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Ed Helms and Ving Rhames score laughs. But the breakout is "Step Brothers'" Kathryn Hahn as the tough (sales)girl who keeps up with the boys.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Sloppy, grimy but quick on its feet, which puts it ahead of certain other (“The Hangover”) R-rated comedies (“The Hangover”) we’ve seen this summer (“The Hangover”).

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A cheerfully energetically and very vulgar comedy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Anything-goes comic raunch-fest is funny, but not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this raunchy comedy is packed with over-the-top, crude language and sexual jokes/innuendo from beginning to end. No bodily function is left unreported; no serious issue is safe from the lowest forms of humor. Expect a constant stream of racial slurs, fat jokes, outrageous come-ons, and religious send-ups. Interspersed with these verbal assaults are the visual ones: erotic lap dances, bare breasts and full-frontal female nudity, a bizarre brush with pedophilia, an exaggerated (albeit clothed) male erection, and dildos literally falling from the sky. The objective in all cases? Non-stop gross-out humor.

  • Families can talk about the movie's over-the-top style of humor. How far will filmmakers go to elicit laughter? Did any scenes make you uncomfortable?
  • The movie is full of jokes about race, weight, religion, sexuality, etc. Is that a form of stereotyping? Is it OK to play up stereotypes in the name of humor?
  • It's usually important for a movie to have a character the audience canroot for. How do the filmmakers make the main characters likeable inspite of their outrageous, ridiculous behavior?
  • How does the movie depict "families"? How isDon's gang of salespeople like a family? Are there things to admireabout their relationship? How does that family compare with the actualSelleck family?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Material success at any cost is the desired goal. The characters are immoral, unethical, hedonistic, and immature -- and suffer no consequences for their behavior. Racialinsensitivity and exaggerated gay advances are presented as laughable,as are religion, smoking, drug use, and sexuality. By the film's end, minor lessons are learned and values are explored, but not convincingly. Only one positive message is delivered: Teamwork is a key to achievement.

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    Role models: Most characters are driven by selfishness, vanity, and unchecked carnal desires; several also exhibit racism and/or other prejudices. No strongly positive female characters to speak of.

What to watch for
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    Violence: All of the action sequences are meant to be funny: A mini-riot erupts at a used car sale, children in a plastic jumping ring are flung against the mesh walls, several salesmen attack a small Asian man during a moment of racial animosity.

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    Sex: Countless sexual references throughout, all played for humor. Women are bare-breasted in several scenes and engage in pole dancing, as well as erotic lap dance routines. There's also full-frontal female nudity. In one sequence, the camera cuts between two lovemaking scenes, but neither reveals any substantial nudity or sexual activity. A woman tries to seduce a young boy (in the body of a mature man); a man tries to seduce one of his male staff members. Shots of sexual paraphernalia; many references to and one image of male erection (albeit clothed). In more than one instance, stories are recalled that vividly describe past sexual encounters.

  • language false5

    Language: Incessant strong, sexual, and crude language. Multiple uses and forms of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "ass," "hell," "damn," "oh my God," and more. Frequent references to various bodily functions, body parts ("c--k," "boner," "p---y," etc.), and sexual activity. There are also fat jokes, sexual slurs, and racial slurs, including the "N" word, "queer," and "Jap."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Parodies of Men's Wearhouse and Head and Shoulders commercials.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A main character passionately advocates smoking in a lengthy scene on an airplane. Some social drinking. A man is seen snorting cocaine in the background of one shot. Occasional references to marijuana and drug use.

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