The Good Guy
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After executive producing the acclaimed documentary Manda Bala and the J.M. Coetzee adaptation Disgrace, Julio DePietro makes his feature debut as a writer-director with The Good Guy, a drama about ambitious young Wall Streeters fighting each other -- and sometimes their own decent nature -- to get ahead in the world. Our narrator, Tommy (Scott Porter of TV's Friday Night Lights), is young, clever, charming, and attractive. He's got a smart, pretty girlfriend, Beth (Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls), an urban conservationist. He's also very good at his investment broker job,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"It's network television drama, starring actors best known for their TV work and full of the petty gripes and mild worries of characters who really have nothing compelling to worry about."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"There's too little difference between the good guys and the bad guys in Julio DePietro's uninspired debut, a slickly cynical romance destined to be quickly forgotten."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"High-reaching adult drama with lots of language, drinking."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Writer/director Julio DePietro's first effort is every bit as obvious as it sounds, thudding from one symmetrically perfect cliche to another."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
"The cast could not be better."
‑ Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
"It has smart characters, and is wise about the ones who try to tame their intelligence by acting out."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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
"Mild, pleasant, obvious romantic comedy set on Wall Street that's most notable for its (maybe accurate) portrayal of young brokers as amoral idiots oblivious to the real-life consequences of their risky business."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"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
"New York-based love story that illustrates how old-fashioned virtues can still play a significant role in matters of the heart."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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
"resh enough to provide the voyeuristic kick of glimpsing the frenzied lifestyle of aspiring masters of the universe."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Even on a reduced scale of expectation, Good Guy is stunningly empty and obvious, missing its mark as a cautionary tale or a romantic sojourn, instead slogging along a preordained trail of cliché."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"For a movie that clearly aspires to be an up-to-the-minute representation of New York City, The Good Guy already feels quite dated."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"Good guy finishes last and makes mediocre movie."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
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