Johnny Rizzo, is about to trade his dream job in talk radio for some snooze-ville gig that'll pay enough to please his fiancée. Enter Uncle Terry, a rascally womanizer set on turning a weekend in the Hamptons into an eye-opening fling for his nephew. Nice guy Johnny's not interested, of course, but then he meets the lovely Brooke, who challenges Johnny to make the toughest decision of is life.
Johnny finds himself choosing to leave his dream job in Talk Radio to up-sticks and move with his fiancée to a small town and a boring job that will pay enough to satisfy her. However a trip to New York for a job interview causes Johnny to reconsider his priorities.
Co-starring director Edward Burns Nice Guy Johnny is like many a rom-com-indie-drama. There is a great deal of off the wall conversation and very little happens in it’s 92 minute runtime, but it still manages to be one of those pleasantly enjoyable movies that creates a handful of fun characters and attempts, in it’s own way, to shake up the norms of Hollywood cinema.
Unfortunately Nice Guy Johnny does little more than attempt all these things, it makes a vague nod toward comedy but never actually makes you laugh, tries to push for interesting romantic leads but serves up rather bland and unimaginative stereotypes and turns potentially quick witted and sparky dialogue into dull obvious prose.
Those who recognize Burns will know him for his directorial popularity in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Yet more recently his movies have lost their edge, becoming little more than watered down staples of the genre. Nice Guy Johnny isn’t bad, in fact there’s not really anything about the movie I didn’t like; it was exactly what I knew it would be and nothing more.
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