The Nice Guys (2016)

Rated R
Action / Comedy
Try pairing with:  Black Lentil Soup

Jen’s Rating:  B

The Nice Guys is the perfect title for the two lead actors in this film, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. For people who base their judgment on a movie because of the trailer, this is one movie you want to watch without seeing the trailer. The trailer for this action comedy is nowhere near as good as the movie.

Ryan Gosling plays a widowed Holland March who is a struggling private investigator and father of Holly March played by Angourie Rice.  Holly is a charismatic girl who learned a lot from her dad on how to protect herself. Holland was hired to find a woman’s dead niece, porn star Misty Mountains played by Murielle Telio who is believed to be still alive. However, Holland received more than he bargained for with this job.

Holland discovered that Misty is dead but Amelia Kuttner played by Margaret Qualley looks like Misty and was in her home. Amelia hired Jackson Healy, played by Russell Crowe, a brute hired to rough people up. This was the last thing Holland expected.  After several run in’s, the duo decide to team up to find out what is really going on. They found an anonymous hitman was hired to go after Amelia but no one knows why. When they found out who hired the hitman they were all shocked.

This movie was great, full of twists and turns that you’d least expect along with hilarious one-liners. The reason I gave The Nice Guys a B is because parts of the movie were slow, however I definitely recommend watching. Even thought it was slow I’m not wishing for the two hours of my life back. Check it out!

Jeremy’s Rating:  A+

When we first saw this on-demand, Jen and I had avoided it for several weeks, not really seeing anything in the trailer that grabbed our attention.  But after much time had passed, she randomly said one day “I want to see that”.  Not only was I still reluctant to watch, but I even remember trying to talk her out of it at one point.  However, I am extremely happy that I wasn’t able to convince her, because this was a fantastic film and easily found its way into my slot for the best film of 2016, hands down.

Directed by Shane Black, this comedy-driven, action crime drama hits all the marks in all the right places and has a fantastic feel and great presence in its period of the late 1970s.  Although his major credits are for writing—of which he has innumerable classics, I would posit that this is the culmination of his abilities in a directorial masterpiece that couldn’t fall flat even if it had tried.  The impeccable writing and directing ability on display here keep you glued to the screen throughout the entire film, never wanting to look away even slightly, let alone go to the bathroom or grab a drink or snack.

The film follows Holland March (Ryan Gosling), a private investigator hired to investigate the suicide of a famous porn star, who is joined shortly after his investigation by Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) being hired to assist March, but possessing a less-than-professional style of police work.  The two finally get some info on a woman, Amelia Kuttner (Margaret Qualley), who sends them through loops trying to follow their own investigation and center it on the correct people involved.  As the two get deeper and more involved in the hidden underworld of the porn industry and the California District Attorney’s office, March’s daughter, Holly (Angourie Rice), desperate to be like her father and get noticed by him, gets involved in the investigation without his knowledge, leading to a comedic and entertaining romp through the mansions of the Hollywood Hills.  To reveal anymore would take too much away from this film, and I really don’t want to ruin any of it for you, as this is a must see!

The acting from all the main characters and supporting roles is all top-notch, evoking the true feeling of being there and going on a wonderfully funny, yet serious, crime adventure through Los Angeles of the seventies.  Everyone feels completely dynamic and play off each other perfectly, including the interaction between Gosling, Crowe, and Rice.  In my opinion, one of them, if not all should have won awards for their roles in this, but then again, I don’t make the rules or cast the votes.  This film is a must see, and if you end up not being a fan, please post why, as I would love the chance to try to convince you otherwise.  This is a definite A+, and I will definitely be buying this in the near future so I can watch it over and over again like some kind of creepy stalker.

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