The Nice Guys (2016)
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger, Keith David, Margaret Qualley
Directed by: Shane Black
Written by: Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr. 56 min
The Nice Guys rolls onto the screen to ‘Papa was a Rollin’ Stone’ by The Temptations, and spends a couple of hours merrily skipping through a tale of porn, pollution, and the US auto business. It’s not trying to say anything meaningful about either industry, nor is its jabs at our own complicit nature in the face of corruption (government or big business) designed to deliver a thoughtful message and perhaps, make us “think”.
This is a reasonably well told and well written yarn looking to entertain—period. It puts two great actors who share superb chemistry in the center of a no frills 70’s crime caper, and lets their charm and wit move the plot along, and hopefully tell a few good jokes.
On that score, The Nice Guys is mostly effective, thanks to its great cast, and the witty script by Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi. It plays to the usual crime action comedy clichés, but still manages to feel fresh, despite a clumsily arranged opening few minutes.
Will we be talking about this movie a year from now? Probably not, it’s not in the same league as say, Get Shorty or Midnight Run, but it’s also not a complete waste of time either, and certainly justifies the cost of a theater ticket.
If you enjoyed movies like Get Shorty or Midnight Run, you’ll likely enjoy this too. Fans of Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe or Shane Black won’t be disappointed either. The Nice Guys is rated R for language, violence, nudity and drug use.