The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys

Shane Black (2016)

111min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Following massive box-office success with Iron Man Three in 2013, writer/director Shane Black returns to the buddy movie genre that made his name (Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout) to deliver unadulterated, rollicking good fun. Los Angeles in 1977 is the setting and the demise of porn star Misty Mountains the catalyst that brings louche gumshoe Holland March (Ryan Gosling) into (painful) contact with sourpuss legbreaker Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe), drawing them into a missing-person mystery involving the adult entertainment industry, colourful Mob killers and municipal corruption. "You're the world's worst detectives", declares March's astute 13-year-old daughter Holly (a poised Angourie Rice) but that is what produces the side-splitting goods in a cracking romp. And with Black's gold-plated wordsmithery (in a script co-written with Anthony Bagarozzi), you are never far away from quipfire badinage, knockabout nonsense or a shoot-'em-up, typified by the shambolic duo's attendance at a suspect's swinging pool party, where March mooches about in an increasing state of intoxication while Healy and Holly do the private-eye stuff. Breezy, beautifully shot (by Philippe Rousselot, subtly capturing the 70s milieu), it combines action, danger and comedy to exhilarating effect. Perfect star chemistry (Gosling has a ball playing the fool, Crowe proves a fabulous straight man), snappy dialogue and laugh-out-loud moments ensure this is entertainment that just keeps on giving.

Summary

A private detective investigates the murder of a porn star in 1970s Los Angeles, only to run into a hired thug employed to scare him off. However, the mysterious disappearance of a woman connected to the case forces the unlikely duo to work together, leading them to uncover a government conspiracy. Crime comedy, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

Cast & Crew

Jackson Healy Russell Crowe
Holland March Ryan Gosling
Holly Angourie Rice
Judith Kuttner Kim Basinger
John Boy Matt Bomer
Older Guy Keith David
Blueface Beau Knapp
Tally Yaya DaCosta
Amelia Margaret Qualley
Mrs Glenn Lois Smith
Chet Jack Kilmer
Bobby Ty Simpkins
Bergen Paulsen Gil Gerard
Jessica Daisy Tahan
Director Shane Black
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Jun 2016
Comedy Drama