Glengarry Glen Ross Can NOT be the best Real Estate Movie!!!

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Cahill Associates

I've just spent the last half hour reading all the blogs about real estate movies and the consensus seems to be that the play adaptation of "Glengarry Glen Ross" is the best one out there.  While I've seen this a couple times and thoroughly enjoy it, these guys are NOT real estate agents!  They are more like those sleazy salesmen who push times share places on

While these characters are certainly deep and wildly entertaining, they do not come close to doing what we as true real estate professionals do.  They go on "sits", which are almost like listing presentations, but once they coax someone to sign on the dotted line, they're done!  No showings.  No open houses.  No walk-throughs.  No inspections.  No crying on shoulders and hand holding.  No stopping by on moving day with pizzas and soda.  Nothing!

There seems to be NO movies out there that show real estate agents in a thoroughly positive light!  The agents in "American Beauty" are unfaithful and do an unreasonable amount of cleaning before an open house at a vacant home.  Pacific Heights just showed how a professional renter and criminal can use the system to his advantage.  Richard Pryor in "Moving" gets hosed by a FSBO who rips out out the pool after he jokingly said that he was taking it with them and has the whole conversation recorded as proof that he was really serious.  Even the agents in "Panic Room" and "Wall Street" had lines that just seemed like they were for pushy stereotypical salespeople. 

I cannot think of any role is any real estate movie (and I feel I've seen most of them) where the real estate agent is portrayed at the hero or even the good guy.  We need a movie where kids walk out of the theatre saying they want to be real estate agents when they grow up and their parents want to call up their agent and thank them again for all the great work they did for them.  Will it ever happen?

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David Cahill
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Comments (3)

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

American Beauty is the BEST movie about a Realtor....Annette Benning vacuuming in her slip before an Open Housie is WONDERFUL!

Hollywood Homicide with Harrison Ford is the SECOND best!

Apr 09, 2011 08:53 AM
David Cahill
Century 21 Cahill Associates - Boston, MA

Do you think any agents really go that crazy before an open house?  I wonder if that sets any unreasonable expectations of us from the seller's point of view?  Can you see someone asking you during a listing presentation if you are going to clean their house before an open house? LOL!  Great scene, though!

I still have to see Hollywood Homocide...


Apr 09, 2011 09:14 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I have to compete with Holmes on Homes. It’s entertainment, people, even if it is in the reality television genre!

Jul 18, 2011 02:19 AM