Nice Guy Johnny

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A man determined to right suddenly isn't sure what the right thing should be in this independent comedy-drama. One of the few things Johnny Rizzo (Matt Bush) loves as much as his job as a host on a sports-talk radio station is his longtime fiancée Claire (Anna Wood), who is gently but firmly persuading him to find a more responsible career. Johnny's show is currently airing at 2 a.m. and doesn't pay very well, and as much as he enjoys it, he decides to make good on a promise he made to Claire that if he wasn't making at least $50,000 a year by the time he turned 25, he'd take a job with her wealthy father's box making company. As Johnny heads to the Hamptons to meet with Claire's dad, he ends up staying with his Uncle Terry (Edward Burns), a chronic womanizer determined to show Johnny a good time whether he likes it or not. Loyal Johnny isn't interested in any of the gals Terry throws his way, but when he meets Brooke (Kerry Bishe), a beautiful woman who is giving tennis lessons to Terry's (married) girlfriend, for the first time in years he finds himself infatuated with someone else. Johnny is thrown for a loop when Brooke tells him the last thing he should do is give up his job for Claire. Written and directed by Edward Burns (who cast himself as Uncle Terry), Nice Guy Johnny received its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

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  • Jun 13, 2013
    A sports talk show host develops affection for a beautiful young woman while resisting pressure from his fiance to take a job in cardboard sales. I'm surprised at how disappointing this film is. Writer/director Edward Burns often crafts complex, colorful characters and puts them in interesting relationship dilemmas. The formula usually works, but these characters are incredibly plastic. Matt Bush says his lines, and that's all that can be said for him. He's nice, as required by the plot, but there's nothing interesting about him. Burns's theme can be summed up by the stupid cliche, "Nice guys finish last." As evinced by Burns and the cliche, "nice" in this context means "weak" or "ineffectual." Thus, the film doesn't say anything unique about niceness or that sticking to a code requires strength and character. Johnny's code is society's code, the code set for him by everybody else, so there's no individuality to the character. Overall, unlike most of Burns's work, this movie sucks.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2012
    I just enjoy Edward Burns movies, they include real characters and real situations. Matt Bush is a little odd for the lead character and lacks that certain strength. It isn't a bad thing as he is serviceable as Johnny but not great. The rest of the cast is good and the story has that issue that affects everyone at some point in there life. The ending is really uplifting and brilliant, completely worth the time.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2011
    Without the right cast, mostly the director Ed Burns, this film would have fallen flat, being pretty predictable from start to finish, but with Matt Bush taking one of his first leading roles, the film actually pulls through. It is hard to follow the logic of the film, as both female leads are very unlikeable, even though you are meant to side with the free-spirited, out-going girl, she still comes off bitchy. By the end, you are just happy that Johnny finally makes a decision.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2010
    I love Ed Burns, and I love what he can do for a movie...his touch is really something special. Everyone has that person in their life that teaches them to be true to themselves, and this movie covers that subject well. A very touching, romantic film. I enjoyed it.
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