The Nice Guys: An interesting jaunt through an interesting time

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Release date:May 20, 2016
Studio:Warner Bros. Pictures
Director:Shane Black
MPAA Rating:R (for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use)
Screenwriter:Shane Black
Starring:Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David, Kim Basinger
Genre:Comedy, Action

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I just had the priviledge of watching “The Nice Guys” and I have to say that one of the first things that stood out to me was that this film definitely earned it’s “R” rating. This is due not only to the language, but more so because of the setting, which is often times within the late 70’s porn industry. That being said, expect quite a bit of nudity. I mention this for those who might be sensitive towards this element.

The main premise has to do with the search for a certain young lady, which is what brings Gossling’s and Crowe’s characters together. This is a wonderful, comedic pairing! Crowe is the straight man to Gossling’s comedic antics.

When I first saw the previews I thought that Gossling’s character would have played a more heroic role, however it is made clear early on (through many mishaps) that he is more of the comic relief character.

Ryan Gossling does a bang up job as the inept detective trying to keep his business afloat through the taking of odd jobs from elderly ladies while trying to raise his 13 year old daughter. Russell Crowe, however, plays a jaded, muscle- for-hire who deep down wants to feel as though his life serves some greater good.

With the film being set in 1977-78 L.A. one might have concerns about the production going overboard with the 70’s styling and blending the totality of the 70’s into a messed up milkshake of Afros, bell bottoms, and mutton chop sideburns. Happily this is not the case! The production staff, I feel, stayed true to that specific time frame including things like the gas crisis, smog, and polyester.

Overall I found the movie to be very funny, some scenes causing the whole theater to burst out laughing!

In conclusion, I would recommend this movie with this caveat: When you go to see this film know that you will be exposed to a fair amount of nudity (again I mention this for those who might have some sensitivity towards this).