The Nice Guys


“Sleazy Guys” should be the name of this funny, risqué romp instead of “Nice Guys.” This R-rated film certainly deserves its ratings in spades. There is nudity and language and lots of laughs. From the trailers, I was not looking forward to this movie at all. When I saw how disgustingly sleazy the two leads looked, I thought “Oh, no, I want to go home.” But almost immediately I got sucked into the action and fun.

Two slimy guys, one a private eye, Holland March (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) and an enforcer- for- hire, Jackson Healy (Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe) investigate the death of a porn star, Misty Mountains (Muriello Telio) in 1970’s Los Angeles with the help of March’s daughter, Holly (Angourie Rice).

The chemistry between the lead actors is great and adds to the fun. Gosling’s character smokes and drinks incessantly and Crowe has gained so much weight he looks unhealthy. Most importantly, the clothes style of the 1970’s is bothersome at best. What were we thinking?

Matt Bomer is very good as a villain, John Boy. He was really creepy and reminded me of a Ted Bundy. In fact, I kept wondering who that guy was, then finally realized who he was. The handsome Bomer usually plays the lead male, a good guy. Yaya DaCosta is Tally. Margaret Qualley plays Amelia Kuttner and Kim Basinger is Amelia’s mother, Judith Kuttner.

I loved Angourie Rice. She is a fine young actress. This is her 6th movie and she is only 15. I see a great future for this young lady.

“Nice Guys” was directed by Shane Black. The film was written by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi. Black is the father of the action movie. He wrote “Lethal Weapon” and “Lethal Weapon 2” although on LW2 he is only credited with the story because he wanted Martin Riggs to die and left the project when the studio said no because they wanted to continue the serial. For Marvel fans, Black also wrote and directed “Iron Man 3.”

Although there is some rough language, it isn’t constant. There is some total nudity. It is handled with some humor so not as offensive as it could be but the movie is R-rated for a reason to warn those who might be offended.

“Nice Guys” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.