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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

This was actually pretty entertaining. It was a little short, but it was better than I thought it would be.

- irisheyes686, Sunday, October 10, 2010

2 stars

Not too bad as far as a romance movie goes. I like the fact that it shows you that sometimes don't know a person as well as you thought you did.

- majikhandzz, Thursday, October 21, 2010

3 stars

Not too bad as far as a romance movie goes. I like the fact that it shows you that sometimes don't know a person as well as you thought you did.

- acorn072681, Thursday, July 22, 2010