"The Nice Guys" takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
- The Nice Guys review by RS
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When the opening scene features a car crash that focusses on the naked breasts of the dead porn star driver, you know you’re in for a distasteful time. This oh-so-uncool movie even pokes fun at Richard Thomas’ (John-Boy in The Waltons) facial mole. The film is set in 1977 – cue an awful, funky, wah-wah soundtrack that makes it even more difficult to watch. It’s supposed to be a buddy action comedy in the Lethal Weapon tradition. To be fair, it does try to be funny. Boy, does it try. Ryan Gosling turns every reaction into a hamfest while man-mountain Russell Crowe, here auditioning for the title role in The Incredible Hulk, effortlessly ruins every one-liner he’s given. Not that the script gives them much to work with. It makes the remake of Starsky and Hutch look good.
Obviously there’s a dumbed-down market for this sort of tedium because it did well in the States, but you’d be wise to check out the trailer before sitting through the whole wince-inducing package. One star for the female cast, especially Angouri Rice as a precocious 13yo who steals scenes like a young Hayley Mills or Jodie Foster.