Movie Review: The Nice Guys (2016)

I had to question the mermaids. What were you doing while I was working?

-Holland March-

There are not major spoilers in this review!

Not Many Nice Guys Exist in L.A.

Whenever I watch movies set in Los Angeles, I look for landmarks and places I recognize. I did the same in this movie too although it became less of an interest for me the longer it played. I’ve seen a handful of crazy things in L.A. when I lived there. The machete wielding guy that wanted to be an actor. The guy that crashed into a pole from driving drunk on Hollywood Blvd. I bring this up because The Nice Guys captures the weird things at parties and don’t mess with me attitude of those working outside 9 to 5 jobs. It brings you into the lifestyle of private investigators, hired muscle men, government officials, and the porn industry. This is an action, comedy, crime movie is written by Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi and directed by Shane Black. It stars Russell Crowe as Jackson Healy, Ryan Gosling as Holland March, Angourie Rice as Holly March, Matt Bomer as John Boy, Margaret Qualley as Amelia Kuttner, Yaya DaCosta as Tally (remember her from ANTM?), David Keith as Older Guy, Beau Knapp as Blueface, Lois Smith as Mrs. Glenn, Murielle Telio as Misty Mountains, Gil Gerard as Bergen Paulson, Daisy Tahan as Jessica, and Kim Basinger as Judith Kuttner. It is rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language, and brief drug use and runs one hour and 56 minutes.

The Breakdown of Living in L.A.

It’s the late 1970s and Holland March is tasked to find Misty Mountains. He is making some progress until he runs into Jackson Healey. They are forced to come together for a common cause because someone that might be able to help them goes missing. To make matters worse, Amelia’s friend, Chet, leads them on a goose chase with more dead ends than answers. They continue on their quest to find Amelia with the little they have to go on along with trying to stay alive with those hellbent on stopping them. They are able to learn a little more about Amelia through her mother, Judith. After officially hiring them, March and Healey go to the airport hotel and then back to March’s house where his daughter is keeping watch of their recent discovery. They still aren’t able to piece together what Judith is hiding and what Amelia wants others to learn until March understands what Mrs. Glenn really saw earlier. A struggle over control of the truth ensues where by the end some things remain the same except March and Healey. They team up together despite their rocky beginning and call themselves “The Nice Guys.”

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Overall View of The Nice Guys

This movie was more of a diversion for me as most movies usually are. The Nice Guys reminded me that sometimes life is not to be taken so seriously. This movie had serious concepts like death, government, and secrets but there were hilarious scenes. The scene with Blueface and Older Guy comes to mind. The part with the fish. It had me laughing so hard. I really didn’t have a sense of how the movie would end and unlike some movies where I’m dying to find out, I let this one play out. The highlights were, of course, the duo of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. The actress, Angourie Rice, who played Gosling’s daughter was great in that her relationship with her dad offered realistic commentary on being a single parent. However, what was missing in certain relationships was the underbelly meat. I wanted a little more built up between Holly March and Jackson Healy as well as more friction between Tally and Holland March. All in all, It’s an entertaining movie with enough substance.

I rate Nice Guys FOUR FINGERS of GREAT at 90%

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