Based On The Trailer, This Looks Horrible: “Nice Guy Johnny”

It’s painful to think that I’m writing something unhappy about the guy who also gave us The Brothers McMullen and She’s The One, but the latest offering from Edward Burns – Nice Guy Johnny – truly takes the cake for what could be a terrible, terrible movie. If you haven’t watched the trailer by now, do so before you read any further. I’ll wait …

Okay, you done? Question: what is that movie about? Seriously, from what the trailer told you, what could you surmise the plot to be other than “It’s about beautiful people who just can’t figure out how to not have sex with each other!”? Here’s the official PR blurb…

Sure, she can be a little overbearing sometimes, but baby-faced Johnny Rizzo loves his fiancée Claire, and he made her a promise: by the time he’s 25-years-old, he’ll trade his current dream job as a local sports talk radio host (even if it is the 2 a.m. slot) for something that’ll pay bigger bucks. And Johnny’s nothing, if not a man of his word.

Now he’s flying to New York to interview for some snoozeville job that Claire’s well-to-do father set up. Enter Uncle Terry, who lives in New York, a rascally womanizer bent on turning a day in the Hamptons into a final fling for his nephew. Nice guy Johnny’s not interested, of course, but then he meets the lovely Brooke…

Where in the Nice Guy Johnny trailer does that story seem to REMOTELY appear? What kind of movie would deliberately mislead an audience, or just not tell them, the plot? The answer: a movie that doesn’t have much to stand on; and the director and studio are painfully aware of that fact.

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