the age of the spoof is alive and well. some groan at the thought of another one and others are more like me. ever since abrahams and zucker fell out of the sky with 'airplane' i've looked forward to this rompish, raunchy, ruckus genre's offerings. always in search of the "they can't do or say that, can they?" moments of these kinds of movies. 'the goods' can take its place amongst predecessors of this movie ilk with pride. the film wasn't played up extensively, but when i saw jeremy pivens in the ads i knew i would give it a go. i mean who doesn't think instant party when jeremy pivens is in the house. and the 'most serious' comedic character actor, ving rhames, is in true form, as well. ever since he appeared as the victim of a revenge buggering in tarantinos 'pulp fiction', i have enjoyed his comedic stylings. these kinds of movies are always a chance for us to laugh at ourselves and all the crazy combinations of personalities that we find in each other. stereotypes abound mainly because they are funny and when you leave the theater you don't have to take them home with you, if you're lucky. 'the goods' is stupidity and zaniness for escapists that only harms those that take life a little too seriously. even the serious old guard of hollywood represented by james brolin, who played a closeted, man-chasing car lot owner, was able to laugh it up a bit. at any rate, you'll laugh. and laughter always gives us hope that maybe we aren't as bad as we think we are. and neither is this movie.