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½ May 19, 2019
Storyline was all over the place. Script was try hard. Ryan Goslings acting was corney. Cool 70s vibe though but cant save this disaster.
May 16, 2019
This film is an example of effective comedy. It isn't the most intense or thrilling ride from beginning to end, but the raw talents of Gosling and Crowe (hell, even the supporting cast) add a charm that is almost infectious. It doesn't take itself too seriously, just enough for the stakes to feel real, and the seedy 70's setting adds a lot to the overall style. It's a fun romp at worst and a surprisingly adept drama at its best.
May 2, 2019
How refreshing to find a noir crime drama that's clearly targeted at adult men that's inventive, funny and contains action scenes that are rousing, entertaining and got my blood pumping. This was the film that I would never have known I needed, sure I've enjoyed Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in other movies but I wouldn't have pegged them as great comedic actors and I wasn't even aware that Shane Black wrote The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996). Unfortunately Predator (2018) didn't really seem to take off but after enjoying this so much I am highly compelled to go check out Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).

Hardened muscle-for-hire Jackson Healy, Russell Crowe, teams up with ne'er do well private detective and single father Holland March, Ryan Gosling, to capture Amelia Kuttner, Margaret Qualley, who has connections to the mysterious death of porn star Misty Mountains. They encounter a colorful cast of characters as their investigation continues and the bond between Healy and March strengthens. March's teenage daughter Holly, Angourie Rice, is on hand to dispense wise beyond her years advice and as their adversaries mount against them and the conspiracy against a pornographic film becomes more and more complicated the two engage in wacky hi-jinks.

Having watched the film just over an hour ago I can't piece together the evidence and how the outcome of the film made any logical sense and yet I can't find a reason to care. Give me some Kim Basinger as a villainous government agent who is also the mother of a porn star that falls from the highest level of a multi-floor hotel onto the top of a car and remains relatively unscathed and I'm happy. Noir films that take themselves far too seriously become extremely dull to me very quickly, here there was enough zippy dialogue and insane plot developments to keep me fully engrossed and laughing all the way. Why would I want a dry thriller like Bridge of Spies (2015) when I could a get a film with all of the same elements that was actually interesting.

It's not just the fantastic screenplay that deserves credit but the two great lead performers. Crowe gives an unexpectedly good comedic turn as his paunchy figure and seeming boredom with the serious roles he has been given has forced him to move beyond his Gladiator (2000) era of acting. He pokes fun at the persona he developed in crime drama films like L.A. Confidential (1997) and American Gangster (2007) with great humor and his quips and one liners are delivered with a charming wink at the camera. Gosling is equally good as the hopeless counterpoint to Crowe as we see him struggling to be a good father and employing questionable ethics as he works. The slapstick moments in the film, save for one scene in which he does a Marx brothers impression, are carried off incredibly well by Gosling as his face which I usually find bland and lacking in expression radiates with joy in this film. It was nice to see two fine actors step out of their usual lane and give highly appealing performances.

The action scenes are also fortunately shot well as the comedy is successfully mixed with moments of genuine tension and unexpected violence that leave you breathless. One particularly entertaining scene occurs when Holly throws cold coffee at a particularly scary villain and we witness her slip and then shoot a bullet at a lamp with fatal but hilarious consequences. The shifts from Crowe and Gosling bickering to them engaging in spectacularly unsuccessful shootouts are smooth and sometimes the two even mix together to form a weird delight. This combination of genres means that the film is enjoyable for most audiences as it is not just a violent action movie for guys but a funny comedy filled with sweet and likable protagonists and outrageous celebrity villains.

The movie is available on Netflix so it is easy to access therefore you have no excuse not to enjoy this weird, wonderful and relatively brief little gem. Crowe and Gosling have snappy interplay, the screenplay just works and it's better than most of the modern film noirs out there despite being a comedy.
½ April 13, 2019
Shane Black's excellent script is brought to life by a great cast, including one of the best performances I've seen from Ryan Gosling.
½ April 13, 2019
This was one helluva movie! I loved that it all was so 70's. The clothing, the homes, just the sets in general. I loved it. For me, it was a quite refreshing story as well. A lot of bad turns, which made it unexpected. There weren't that many jokes, but the once that were in there were funny. I must say, I chuckled out loud a few times. Angourie Rice is such a cool girl. I've never seen her work before but she is really good! I don't know how I feel about Russell Crowe sounding like batman but I liked his character. Don't have much to say about Ryan Gosling, because I will always love him, doesn't matter what he's doing tbh.

My favourite thing about this movie for sure are the sets and clothing. I do recommend this movie because the storyline is good and the actors are great, all is good, all is great.
½ March 30, 2019
Boring with an uncomfortable Hollywood pedo vibe.
January 30, 2019
This movie was perfection. Gosling and Crowe are hilarious together and the movie never made me want to look away. The action was well done and wasn't too over the top or needless.
½ January 28, 2019
A grate movie, so funny and, well acted. Russell Crow and Ryan Gosling are grate. I love how it feels like a 70ds movie.
½ January 23, 2019
This movie is awesome. Ryan Gosling teaming up til Russel Crowe is fantastic, they both did an amazing job. On top of that, the movie has a strong plot, with a thrilling storyline, and also good dialogue. I can definitely recommend watching this movie. I myself have seen it 4 times.
January 20, 2019
Can't believe I waited to watch this film... it was great... Gosling & Crowe work surprisingly well together... and Rice, the young lady who played Gosling's daughter, was a very pleasant surprise.
January 16, 2019
I absolutely love this film, truly hilarious and the acting is superb. The setting for the film is excellent, I can't imagine it being any more successful in any other time period. Ryan Gosling is at his absolute best in this film bringing forward his great acting with excellent comedic timing and grandeur. I wish they would do a sequel to this movie, it truly is an underrated piece of film, it's too bad that it performed so poorly at the box office, would love to see a sequel.
½ January 12, 2019
Great action-thriller comedy. It's very well written and even better acted with Goslings and Crowe being perfectly cast here. Loses a 1/2 star for overusing the happy coincidence trope that's a joke and helps the story at the same time.
January 10, 2019
A semi-sweet but dark dry-comedy crime-drama. Fun, funny, good story, modern take on classic buddy cop movie. Loved watching the two leads together.
½ January 3, 2019
Strengths: Shane Black is one of Hollywood´┐ 1/2(TM)s most underrated directors. His movies usually handle the action scenes with grace and manage to be pretty witty. This might be his best work. Every action scene in this is very well done. We get a true sense of what´┐ 1/2(TM)s happening, yet there´┐ 1/2(TM)s still humor attached to it all. It´┐ 1/2(TM)s also not just action for the sake of it, instead being done in a way that moves the story along. Russell Crowe (Jackson Healy) is very good as the tough, hardened enforcer who becomes a better person at the end. However, Ryan Gosling (Holland March) steals the show. He´┐ 1/2(TM)s absolutely hilarious in this, while also showing how much he cares for his daughter. Speaking of her, Angourie Rice (Holly March) is fantastic. She´┐ 1/2(TM)s a highlight who plays well off both leads. The 70s setting adds a lot, giving this a funky vibe to help it stand out from the crowded field of buddy action comedies. The script gives us great plot twists, funny situations, and sharp dialogue.

Weaknesses: Some actors feel underutilized. Matt Bomer (John Boy) doesn´┐ 1/2(TM)t get to do a whole lot as the quiet assassin and he ultimately looks so ridiculous, it´┐ 1/2(TM)s hard to take him serious. I also didn´┐ 1/2(TM)t really see the point of Kim Basinger (Judith Kuttner). She´┐ 1/2(TM)s a recognizable face but didn´┐ 1/2(TM)t do anything in this movie. Margaret Quailey (Ameila Kuttner) is fine from a performance standpoint, but her character is ultimately unlikable.

Overall: A top 3 favorite movie of 2016 for me (behind Captain America: Civil War and La La Land). It has everything you could want, from great action to hilarious comedy to emotional moments. A strong script, great acting, and a high quality director brought it all together.
½ December 30, 2018
Loved this flick! Definitely surpassed my expectations.
December 14, 2018
If you are looking for a slapstick buddy comedy film with great chemistry between leads then you´┐ 1/2(TM)ve found it. If you are expecting something else because these are Oscar caliber performers then you will be disappointed.
December 6, 2018
One of the best movies i have ever seen !!!
November 24, 2018
This is a must see film one of the best infact that ive ever seen shane black and ryan gosling have fantastic chemsitry the writting is spot on the characters are just so memeorable and the comedy is spot on as well
½ November 9, 2018
The worst type of flic. Jaded, mentally ill Hollywood boardcasting their lack of imagination for all the world to see. Crow's light outshines the entire production making the whole tthing even more awkward and ugly. I hope the sun sets on evil producers such as this soon.
½ November 5, 2018
With an unconventionally witty script, a fully realized time period, and confidently hilarious performances by Gosling and Crowe, The Nice Guys celebrates everything we love about buddy comedies and more
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