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The Good Guy

comedy, drama, romance

In this unconventional romance, ambitious young New Yorker Beth (Alexis Bledel) wants it all: a good job, good friends and a good guy to share the city with.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
1 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The Good Guy has a few half-cute moments, some chuckles, and enough pretty faces to cast at least two TV pilots. What it doesn't have is a clue.

- Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fresh: Drawing on his stint at a Chicago investment firm, DePietro creates characters, dialogue and situations that feel authentic, which makes the film relevant in unexpected ways, though not as deeply as you hope he'll do in the future.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Friday, February 19, 2010

Rotten: A sort of much more polite, estrogenized filmic companion piece to a lost, mid-era Bret Easton Ellis novel, this movie has a different, interesting cant than most films of its ilk, but can't quite turn that positive into a deal-closing recommendation.

- Brent Simon, Shared Darkness, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Not bad. Not great. Seemed to make an attempt at a nice romantic drama, but doesn't quite go all the way.

- itsjustme2004, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

3 stars

I was surprised to see this has a fairly bad rating, I actually quite enjoyed it. I picked it up fairly cheap as it has Alexis Bledel in it. I would never claim she is a great actress, but I liked The Gilmore Girls, and she does have a pleasant girl next door quality which makes her watchable. Then I noticed Andrew McCarthy and Anna Chlumsky where also in it. Even better The story pretty much just follows a girl and her relationship with her boyfriend, and his situation at work. It is one of those all are not as it seems stories. Along the way there are a few laughs with some fun supporting characters and also a male makeover, which makes a change to the usual ugly duckling girl story. I found this pleasant viewing which didn't drag in it's 80 minute run time.

- romy861, Sunday, June 26, 2011

3 stars

- xas5, Wednesday, July 7, 2010