The Nice Guys


On the surface, The Nice Guys looks like an instant hit. A buddy cop film set in the 1970’s with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as the lead characters? What isn’t to like?

Unfortunately, there is a lot that is unlikable about this film. Many of the jokes and attempts at humorous situations fell flat. Don’t get me wrong, I laughed a few times – but not enough to qualify The Nice Guys as a successful comedy. March’s (Ryan Gosling) bumbling ineptitude was initially amusing, but quickly became tiresome as it was portrayed over and over again.

The plot itself also leaves a lot to be desired, and there is much that is left unexplained. Watching the pieces fit together feels very contrived, and there’s never a moment where it feels like Marsh or Healy (Russell Crowe) were remotely close to uncovering the truth.

I don’t look for absolute realism in films, but there are moments where my suspension of disbelief is seriously questioned. Marsh’s daughter, Holly (Angourie Rice), barely looks like the 13 year old that she is portraying and yet she has more intelligence than most of the adults in the film. There is no way, even at a sleazy party for a porn producer, that a young girl would ever be allowed entrance the way that Holly was.

Overall, The Nice Guys is an okay comedy with no lasting presence. I would go so far as to say that the talents of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe were wasted, along with the potential for a great film.

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