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Jeremy Piven has got 'The Goods'

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Jeremy

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Jeremy Piven portrays Don Ready in "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard." (AP Photo/Paramount, Sam Emerson) ** NO SALES ** Photo Credit: AP Photo/Sam Emerson

PLOT

Mercenary used-car salesmen descend on a failing dealership, where they use sex, coercion, lying and shameless con artistry to move those cars. (3.5 stars)

BOTTOM LINE

Hilarious, unhinged, irreverent throwback to '70s genre comedy.

CAST

Jeremy Piven, Katherine Hahn, Ving Rhames, James Brolin, David Koechner

LENGTH

1:30

You know those nice, sweet, domesticated comedies to which one can bring the entire family without fear of embarrassment, disgust or shock and awe? This isn't one of them. Rude, crude and funnier than eight Judd Apatow movies, "The Goods," directed by Neal Brennan and written by the previously unknown Andy Stock and Rick Stempson, stars "Entourage's" Jeremy Piven as Don Ready, who can light up a cigarette on a transcontinental flight and turn a flight attendant's admonition into a freedom rally.

He doesn't know the meaning of no. He doesn't know the meaning of good taste. He knows cars: When he gets a distress call from Ben Selleck (James Brolin) about a faltering dealership and the 200-odd cars Selleck needs to move on July Fourth weekend, Ready assembles his crew of thoroughly unscrupulous/hilarious salespeople and heads to Temecula.

"The Goods" is so good because it has some of the funniest actors around, and has gotten them together before they've all become too big for one movie. Katherine Hahn as the randy Babs Merrick could motor a movie all her own - as could David Koechner's Brent Gage, Ving Rhames' Jibby Newsome and Charles Napier's Dick Lewiston, a madman who leads an attack on the one Asian member of the Selleck team (Ken Jeong) to avenge Pearl Harbor. "We've all just participated in a hate crime," Don says, solemnly. "Let's get our story straight. . . ."

There seems to be no boundary, or median strip, "The Goods" won't cross. But as a comedy, as they say on the car lot, it's loaded.

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