Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Good Guy (2009) [R] ***

Beth (Alexis Bledel) is a twenty-something urban conservationist, living and working in New York City. Her new boyfriend, Tommy (Scott Porter) is a driven Wall Street stock trader with a roving eye, an ex-girlfriend he can't let go of, and a Blackberry full of names and numbers of other women. Tommy also has a problem: his star stock trader has just left to take a better job, and Tommy's boss is pressuring him to pick his next superstar. Tommy picks good-guy Daniel (Bryan Greenberg), the office computer systems administrator, but what Tommy doesn't know is that Beth and Daniel will get to know one another and will discover a mutual attraction just about the time that Beth learns Tommy is cheating on her. 

This is a classic urban love triangle, the first effort by novice writer/director Julio DePietro. While the leads are attractive enough, there's nothing particularly original about the screenplay, DePietro's amateurish direction gives us overacted performances, the romantic chemistry between Bledel and Greenberg is minimal, the trading room scenes are straight out of Wall Street, and the mediocre production values identify this as yet another low-budget independent production. Clearly, Bledel, Porter and Greenberg are talented actors, and they did the best with what they were given. DePietro needs to choose either writing or directing... clearly he cannot do both. 

Labels: comedy, drama, romance    
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 47/100    
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=49, viewers=58)

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