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Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 paws out of 4

The Nice Guys

Warner Bros. Pictures, Silver Pictures, Misty Mountains and Waypoint Entertainment present an R rated, 116 minute, Action, Crime, Comedy, directed by Shane Black, written by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi with a theater release date of May 20, 2016.


The year is 1977 and Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is living and working in Los Angeles, California as a private investigator. He’s a single father of a 13 year old daughter, Holly (Angourie Rice), whose mother died in an accident at their previous home. He pays the bills and survives by taking on small cases of which he seems to do well. On the flip side Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) doesn’t live as well and tends to take a rougher approach in his PI work. A young porn star named Misty Mountains (Murielle Telio) has been killed in a car accident but before she passed she muttered these last words, “how do you like my car, Big Boy”. A clue perhaps or maybe just the title to her most recent adult film, either way it brought two enemy PI’s, Healy and March, the chance to work together as partners.

It seems that one person holds the clues to the films murders, oh yes most of the people who worked on this film are turning up dead and a young bird activist and actress named Amelia (Margaret Qualley) holds the scenes that tell the truth and expose the killers. So March and Healy are looking for her with the unauthorized help of Holly, Judith Kutner (Kim Basinger) the head of the Department of Justice who happens to be her mother is also looking for Amelia but an Older guy (Keith David) and his wacky blue-faced partner with a tie in to ruthless killer John Boy (Matt Bomer) among some others also want this mysterious young woman. There are twists and turns, truths and lies, Nixon and a giant bee, nudity and bad language all mixed together as several people are all looking for one person, Amelia, who they all believe holds the answers to the murders and the tie in they have to Detroit, the car industry and porn.

Who would have thought that a porno films point was actually the plot! In the end when you think you will not be happy well you actually might be. Sometimes in life you just win. Cheers to the birds and to “The Nice Guys” agency. Next stop Wonder Woman!

Could this film have been 20 minutes shorter, yes, but I did think overall it was nicely directed and written, I found myself laughing several times throughout the story. I loved the 70’s music, way of life, wardrobe, cars and just the attitude of that decade. I can absolutely see a sequel to this film which to me reminded me several times to the movies starring Abbott & Costello that I used to watch in the 70’s. Grant it some people will not like this film but I think many will. I went in expecting nothing too good but thankfully I walked out enjoying the story and a throwback to 40 years ago. God I am old, ugh!

I was not sure how Gosling and Crowe would work together but they tend to play well off each other. Crowe like Abbott and Gosling like Costello, one more a straight man with not much of a personality and the other lovable and funny with a side of silly, maybe that’s why I liked it because it did remind me of the old comedy team. Bomer not only looks like an old Hollywood actor but he knows how to play one as well while still looking good. Basinger has a small role but pertinent to the plot as does Qualley who does not say much but thankfully so she might have been a weak link if she did. It was great to see David in this film, personally I had the privilege to spend a week in Hawaii with him and other celebs many years ago and since then I have always held a big respect for him as a person and actor. Rice is adorable and does a nice job of keeping up with the two male leads I just thought maybe they could have used her a little less and maybe this would have shaved the film down 20 minutes or so. Nice to see Yaya DaCosta in the film who was first runner-up in a season of “America’s Next Top Model”. In the end, I got more than I expected out of this film thanks more to Gosling than Crowe.

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