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The Nice Guys  : Madness And Mayhem
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Friday, June 3, 2016
Comedy
Shane Black
Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer

Stocky Russell Crowe’s fists are for hire; he’s Jackson Healy, available to anybody who wants anybody beaten up. Ryan Gosling playing Holland March is a bumbling detective who’s never cracked a case. 

 

They’re introduced to each other when Healy takes a fee to amble up to March’s house and break his arm.

 

But they’re soon on the same side, looking for a missing girl called Amelia. Goof-ups and gun fights with dead bodies at every corner lead Jackson and Holland to intrigue that goes all the way to the top.      

 

Everything leads to a climactic chaos where clumsy gangsters and inept private investigators chase a can of film reel. It’s a porn film they’re all chasing but it’s got a political message wrapped in it. There’s dirt on the Detroit car industry packaged within the dirty movie and the big guns don’t want that to tumble out.   

 

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling clearly enjoy the nonsense nostalgia that doffs its hat to the 70s. Crowe adds to the comedy by not even attempting it. Charmer Ryan Gosling as Holland who loves his alcohol, has a flair for poker-faced fun. It’s his daughter Holly who’s an annoying presence in the film. She’s a precocious 13-year-old who drives a car and acts irksomely grown-up.

 

Porn, fun, guns and goons make up this retro slapstick. Director Shane Black who also co-writes the screenplay, comes up with enough comic moments in the Justice Department, in a men’s room and in a protest on the steps, to make this breezy and enjoyable but ultimately, completely forgettable.

 

For nearly two hours of escape cinema which you leave behind the minute it’s over, The Nice Guys gets a 3* rating.   

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Columnist & Author

 

 

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