The Nice Guys movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The Nice Guys is a fun, entertaining, but mature action-comedy starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Older teens and adults will like this witty film.


In 1970s Los Angeles, hired private eye Holland March and enforcer Jackson Healy become an unlikely pair as they team up to investigate the case of a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

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Movie details

Director: Shane Black
Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David, Kim Basinger
Writer: Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi
Release Date (Australia): 26 May 2016
Runtime: 116 minutes/1h 56m
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film contains mature themes in the form of crude humour.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains scenes of strong violence, including depiction of shootings, punching and a man falling from a high place. There are depictions of bloody spray and large amounts of blood.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains frequent use of the words “f**k” and “motherf**ker”.

Drug Use (M)

The film contains brief depictions of marijuana smoking.

Nudity (MA15+)

There are scenes depicting female full frontal nudity.

Sex (MA15+)

The film contains frequent references to pornography and a scene in which strong sex is depicted on a television screen.

mpaa rating

R (for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The concept delivered by The Nice Guys may not be noticeably compelling, but the fun is the main source of enjoyment. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are absolutely witty and entertaining, forming a memorable action-comedy duo literally by just being fun and silly. You could certainly say this is the result of spectacular performances and excellent writing, but they’re much more than just the Bad Boys or Men in Black.

This is possibly one of the best-rated action-comedies of 2016, obviously due to the characters, but also because of the plot. The plot is well-designed, but is honestly quite overrated. At times, it’s grows very flat and the film’s focus on the comedy duo seems to be an excuse for shying away from sober details or being serious.

It’s a disappointment discovering that the characters are the only components to the film that are actually appealing. It could’ve used its smart idea wisely, still attaching comedy material, but results as flawed and slow. Without Crowe and Gosling, The Nice Guys really isn’t much. The writing is honestly agreeable and Shane Black’s direction is perfect, but most of the themes are draggy.

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