It ain't pretty to look at, makes a lot of noise when it runs, and has more than a few features that don't function, but the car dealership comedy "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" has a beater's clunky, fast-moving charm.
Set in the world of crass, battle-fatigued automobile salesmen and produced by the machismo-skewering team of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay ("Anchorman," "Talladega Nights"), it doesn't set out to be the raunchiest or silliest or dumbest movie you've ever seen. (It doesn't even qualify as the funniest comedy about used cars, which is, well, that desperately venal 1980 model "Used Cars.") But "The Goods" motors along choking out enough lowbrow laughs to make for an agreeably nutty late summer ride.
Out front is "Entourage" dynamo Jeremy Piven -- more huckster than actor, meaning perfectly cast -- as stripper-loving salesman-for-hire Don Ready, a dealership-hopping mercenary hired by faltering lot owner Ben Selleck (James Brolin) to help unload more than 200 cars in one weekend before a competing businessman (Alan Thicke) can make good on his threat to take over. With a crack team -- played by the nimbly funny David Koechner, Ving Rhames and Kathryn Hahn -- Piven's open-collared, swaggering antihero sets out to move product, reinforce tactical capitalism's ugly thrill, and -- why not? -- try to seduce the owner's daughter (Jordana Spiro) before she hitches herself to a boy-band-loving doofus (dim-bulb maestro Ed Helms).