"Pitfalls of Love in the Big City"
What You Need To Know:
THE GOOD GUY is a well-written, well-acted romantic drama with some comedy. Although there is plenty of crude talk and some sleeping around, the entertaining movie eventually affirms marriage and family. Daniel (played by Bryan Greenberg) gets good advice from a family man about those topics. And, Tommy’s cheating ways leave him with nothing that truly matters. The movie’s excessive foul language and suggestive content require extreme caution, however. There are no religious references in THE GOOD GUY.
(BB, PaPa, P, LLL, V, S, AA, D, M) Strong moral worldview affirming marriage and family but with some strong pagan behavior, plus pro-military patriotic element where the best man turns out to be the former Marine; about 65 obscenities and three profanities, plus some crude sexual references; light, brief comical violence; some crude sexual references and shots of couples in bed, but nothing depicted or very graphic; no nudity; some excessive alcohol use; smoking; and, greed, cheating, lying.
THE GOOD GUY is a story about an art curator in Manhattan named Beth, played by Alexis Bledel. Beth is looking for the right job, the right friends, and the right man. She falls hard for Tommy, a handsome, charismatic Wall Street hotshot played by Scott Porter. Everything seems to be going fine, until she meets Daniel, Tommy’s sensitive, equally handsome co-worker. Tommy has been training Daniel, a former Marine with computer skills, for a sales job, to replace a colleague who has moved up the ladder.
As her relationship with the two men changes, Beth learns that love in the big city is like Wall Street – full of high risk and untrustworthy people.
THE GOOD GUY is a well-written, well-acted romantic drama with some comedy. Although there is plenty of crude talk and some sleeping around, the movie eventually affirms marriage. Tommy helps Daniel (played by Bryan Greenberg) overcome his shyness, but Tommy is a cad who cheats on Beth. In one scene, one of the older brokers in the office sits down with Daniel and affirms marriage and family. You can look around and flirt, he says, but at the end of the day you have to go home to your wife and kids. Family is the real joy, he tells Daniel. The rest is just an illusion.
[SPOILERS FOLLOW] At the end, therefore, Daniel ends up with Beth and the last scene with Tommy shows him with a prostitute he can’t even pay for because he lost his wallet.
Despite the positive message about marriage and family, THE GOOD GUY requires extreme caution because of excessive foul language and other immoral behavior that might be imitated.