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The Nice Guys

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Shane Black
  • 111 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jackson HealyRussell Crowe
Holland MarchRyan Gosling
HollyAngourie Rice
Judith KuttnerKim Basinger
John BoyMatt Bomer
Older GuyKeith David
BluefaceBeau Knapp
TallyYaya DaCosta
AmeliaMargaret Qualley
Mrs GlennLois Smith
ChetJack Kilmer
BobbyTy Simpkins
Bergen PaulsenGil Gerard
JessicaDaisy Tahan

Crew

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DirectorShane Black

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2016-06-03
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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