Nice Guy Johnny
|Nice Guy Johnny|
|Directed by||Edward Burns|
|Written by||Edward Burns|
|Music by||P.T. Walkley|
|Cinematography||William Rexer II|
|Edited by||Janet Gaynor|
|Distributed by||Marlboro Road Gang Productions|
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.
- Matt Bush as Johnny Rizzo
- Kerry Bishé as Brooke
- Edward Burns as Uncle Terry
- Max Baker as Max
- Anna Wood as Claire
- Brian Delate as Frank
- Marsha Dietlein as Nicole
- Jay Patterson as Dr. Meadows
- Michele Harris as Amy
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.
Nice Guy Johnny was released on DVD in the United States on April 23, 2010.
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." 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". 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."
- Scott Macauley, 'Breaking Down Ed Burns' $9000 Budget', Filmmaker Magazine, 18 March 2011 accessed 23 July 2012
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- Bailey, Jason (2010-04-25). "Nice Guy Johnny". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2015-01-28.
- Heaton, Dan (2010-11-29). "'Nice Guy Johnny' Is a Little Too Nice". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-01-28.
- Bromley, Patrick (2010-11-04). "Nice Guy Johnny". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2014-01-28.