New Release: Nice Guy Johnny DVD

Matt Bush and Kerry Bishé star in Nice Guy Johnny.

FilmBuff and MPI Media Group released writer/director/actor Ed Burns’ (The Brothers McMullen, She’s the One) romantic comedy Nice Guy Johnny on DVD on Oct. 26, 2010, for a suggested retail price of $24.98. The independent movie played various film festivals over the past year, including the Tribeca Film Festival, but it’s DVD premiere was its first showing for mainstream audiences.

Nice Guy Johnny tells the story of 24-year-old Johnny Rizzo (Matt Bush of Adventureland), who is engaged to the lovely but demanding Claire (Anna Wood). Claire demands that Johnny quits his gig as an overnight sports radio deejay in Oakland and take a soul-killing job in her dad’s cardboard-box company back home in New York. Being a nice guy, Johnny agrees to give up his sputtering career if he is not making $50,000 by his 25th birthday.

He flies to New York to meet Anna’s dad and hooks up with his Uncle Terry (Burns), a fun-loving, horndog bartender who wants to help Johnny “get some strange” — i.e., have free-wheeling sex with girls in order to dissuade him from marrying too young. Johnny isn’t interested in cheating on Claire, but he accepts Terry’s offer of a ride to his mother’s house in the Hamptons and tags along as his uncle visits a married girlfriend.

The woman, it turns out, has a beautiful young tennis instructor, Brooke (Kerry Bishé of TV’s Scrubs), who takes a liking to Johnny and represents a free and easy alternative to his hard-edged fiancée.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.