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The Nice Guys
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09.20.2016 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Shane Black

Actors:
Russell Crowe
Ryan Gosling
Angourie Rice

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two bickering private eyes get caught up in the case of a missing girl that involves murder, sex and the Detroit auto industry.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

If there was justice in the world, THE NICE GUYS would be one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters. In a season where sequels and reboots did nothing but disappoint, here’s an original, smart and fun film that deserved to be seen and appreciated by the masses.

A twisty turny, period piece in a similar vein to KISS KISS BANG BANG, THE NICE GUYS is a classic, pulpy detective story, one where the little guys uncover and take on big city corruption, but it manages to feel fresh with modern sensibilitites. It’s also really, really funny. And you should expect no less from writer/director Shane Black, easily one of the sharpest, most subversive minds working in the studio system. NICE GUYS feels like classic Black through and through, with a smart -ass attitude, smarter writing, and of course Christmas cheer. The movie is so chock full of memorable lines, hilarious off-kilter moments and unpredictable turns that I defy anyone to walk away from this movie without a smile on their face.

The entire film hinges on the chemistry between the title characters and Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling couldn’t be better. You probably don’t immediately think “comedy” when you think of either actor but both prove to be adept at the genre and pull off Black’s patented banter perfectly. Crowe has a deadpan style and brings a gentleness to his bruiser character that’s unexpected, but welcome. However, Gosling is the VIP of the duo, pulling off perfect comedic timing and some classic, old-school slapstick gags with ease. Whether it’s seeing him discover a dead body while drunk, chase a mermaid in a pool, or simply trying to close a bathroom stall door, Gosling owns moment after moment in THE NICE GUYS.

Black also pulls in some great actors in small but memorable supporting roles, including David Keith, Matt Bomer, and Kim Basinger (reuniting with her LA CONFIDENTIAL costar Crowe). However, Angourie Rice is the real find of the film as Gosling’s precocious daughter who’s always inserting herself in to every dangerous situation so she can keep an eye on her dad. It’s a tough role as written, but she holds her own against the big stars and walks away with the movie in the end.

THE EXTRAS

Given the film’s box office performance, it’s not surprising to see a lack of special features on this Blu Ray. But man, what I wouldn’t give for a commentary by Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

Always Bet on Black (5:27): A brief look at Shane Black’s style as a filmmaker and his past work, with glowing interviews from cast and crew.

Worst. Detectives. Ever. Making THE NICE GUYS (6:15): Mostly generic studio fluff recapping the characters, but there are a few interesting tidbits about the movies path to the screen and how it evolved and changed throughout the production process.

A DVD and Digital Copy are also included.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

If you love KISS KISS BANG BANG, you will no doubt enjoy THE NICE GUYS. It’s got great comedy, great acting and just an overall unpredictable and fun vibe that makes it stand out amongst most of the other garbage we got this summer. Despite the lackluster Blu Ray, this is still worth picking up.

Extra Tidbit: Towards the beginning of the film, you can spot an adult theater playing a movie called BANG BANG KISS KISS.

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4:27PM on 09/24/2016
So, the whole great promotional material for the movie is NOT in the BR/DVD... How disappointing !
So, the whole great promotional material for the movie is NOT in the BR/DVD... How disappointing !
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11:02PM on 09/20/2016
I enjoyed it overall, but I think if you've seen KISS KISS BANG BANG, then it loses a lot of its luster. The comedic beats, filming style, dialog, pacing, and even the mystery within a mystery pulp themes are replayed here. I didn't think it was as good the second time around. However, it was nice to see Gosling do something more than just mope and looked unimpressed for two hours.
I enjoyed it overall, but I think if you've seen KISS KISS BANG BANG, then it loses a lot of its luster. The comedic beats, filming style, dialog, pacing, and even the mystery within a mystery pulp themes are replayed here. I didn't think it was as good the second time around. However, it was nice to see Gosling do something more than just mope and looked unimpressed for two hours.
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2:07PM on 09/20/2016
I really tried to like this one but I couldn´t. It reminded me of a wannabe smartass jokster kid in school; all wisecracks and banter but no substance or brains.
I really tried to like this one but I couldn´t. It reminded me of a wannabe smartass jokster kid in school; all wisecracks and banter but no substance or brains.
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1:25PM on 09/20/2016

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Am I the only person that buys a blu-ray solely for a commentary track whether it's the lead actors / director / producers /craft services second cousin? Seems fewer movies get that treatment these days, you'd think the studio's would do more cause you can't pirate them
Am I the only person that buys a blu-ray solely for a commentary track whether it's the lead actors / director / producers /craft services second cousin? Seems fewer movies get that treatment these days, you'd think the studio's would do more cause you can't pirate them
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