Nice Guy Johnny

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Nice Guy Johnny
Directed by Edward Burns
Produced by
  • Aaron Lubin
  • Edward Burns
  • William Rexer II
Written by Edward Burns
Music by P.T. Walkley
Cinematography William Rexer II
Edited by Janet Gaynor
Distributed by Marlboro Road Gang Productions
Release dates
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25,000[1]

Nice Guy Johnny is a 2010 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Edward Burns, and starring Matt Bush, Kerry Bishé, and Burns.


Johnny Rizzo, a young man who dreams of working in radio, is engaged to Claire. When Claire demands that he pursue a more realistic goal than following his dreams, Johnny's uncle Terry attempts to tempt him away from the relationship with a decadent party. Johnny resists his uncle's hedonistic lifestyle but meets a free-spirited woman named Brooke, whom he quickly befriends. Alarmed that Johnny the direction Johnny's life is taking, Brooke encourages him to pursue his dreams and avoid selling out. When a misunderstanding causes Claire to incorrectly believe that Johnny has been cheating on her with Brooke, Johnny and Claire break up. Now free to pursue a romance, Johnny and Brooke begin dating.



Burns based the film on his own experiences as an independent filmmaker when offered a choice between following his dreams and working for a major studio.[2]


The soundtrack is composed by PT Walkley. His song "Save The World" is featured in the film's theatrical trailer.


Nice Guy Johnny was released on DVD in the United States on April 23, 2010.[3]


Dan Heaton of PopMatters rated it 5/10 stars and wrote, "This good-natured story needs more fiery drama and conflict to make its resolution inspiring."[4] Jason Bailey of DVD Talk rated it 2/5 stars and praised Bishé's performance but called the film "not terribly funny and not really dramatic".[3] Patrick Bromley of DVD Verdict also wrote a mixed review while praising Bishé. Bromley concluded, "I wish I could speak more highly of Nice Guy Johnny, but the audience for Burns' films seems to be shrinking thanks to outings like this one. It inspires mostly indifference."[5]


  1. ^ Scott Macauley, 'Breaking Down Ed Burns' $9000 Budget', Filmmaker Magazine, 18 March 2011 accessed 23 July 2012
  2. ^ Webb, Charles (2011-06-15). "Interview: Writer/Director/Actor Edward Burns Talks NICE GUY JOHNNY". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  3. ^ a b Bailey, Jason (2010-04-25). "Nice Guy Johnny". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  4. ^ Heaton, Dan (2010-11-29). "'Nice Guy Johnny' Is a Little Too Nice". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  5. ^ Bromley, Patrick (2010-11-04). "Nice Guy Johnny". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 

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