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In a market that seems saturated by big budget super hero flicks and CG animated kids movies, The Nice Guys stands out as an unapologetic old school action comedy.

The Nice Guys is the story about two not-so-nice guys, Jackson Healy and Holland March. Healy (Russel Crowe) is a thug for hire who will say one thing with his mouth and another thing with his fists. March (Ryan Gosling) is a manipulative and incompetent but strangely lucky PI. The two join forces to solve a mystery after people involved in the making of a porn movie start dropping like flies.

The Good

  • It’s flipping funny…
  • … and the humour is very dark
  • Great performances from Crowe, Gosling, and Rice
  • Engaging mystery/buddy cop story
  • Well shot
  • Realistic ending

The OK

  • In case you didn’t realise by now, there’s a lot of sexual content in this film, so if that’s not your thing then be sure to avoid this movie
  • It’s a bit of a guys movie (see below for more details)

The Bad

  • Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

Final Thoughts

Shane Black is well known for his work as a writer on the Lethal Weapon series and his massively successful directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It’s no surprise that his return to the genre that made him well known in Hollywood is slick, funny, and, at moments, surprisingly deep.

A point to note is that the film’s primary audience is men. This is not to say the film is derogatory towards women or anything (apart from an usual opening scene, there was nothing that leapt out at me as sexist), and it does have an excellent female character in the form of Holly March (Angourie Rice). But let’s be straight here: when it’s a film about two men investigating shenanigans around a porno film and it’s set in the 70s, it’s not trying to be progressive (although there are moments when it is). Just don’t go into this film expecting any Katniss Everdeen type leading ladies.

Overall, The Nice Guys is an excellent and dark action comedy that’s clearly aimed at adults. It may be off circuit already so be sure to support this film via streaming or blu-ray when it’s released.

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