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Film Reviews It’s all delightfully fizzy, bloody fun in The Nice Guys

Ryan Gosling as Holland March and Russell Crowe as Jackson Healy in Warner Bros. Pictures' action comedy "THE NICE GUYS," a Silver Pictures production, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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3.5 out of 4 stars

Title
The Nice Guys
Written by
Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi
Directed by
Shane Black
Starring
Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger
Genre
Comedy
Classification
14A
Country
U.K.-USA
Language
English
Year
2016

In a summer filled with superheroes and sequels, it's refreshing, if not bewildering, to discover a major studio film with characters you've never seen before, and a plot that doesn't come saddled with the expectations of a franchise wearing it down. That said, there is something familiar in The Nice Guys, though it's a welcome familiarity: the sharp wit, lovably scuzzy heroes and old-school macho posturing that's synonymous with the work of Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). The writer-director's long history with the buddy-cop genre is expertly mined here, as a slapsticky Ryan Gosling and a no-nonsense Russell Crowe team up to unravel a '70s-set crime involving porn stars, hit men and auto makers. It's all delightfully fizzy, bloody fun – even if there's the teeniest, tiniest hint of sequel ambitions.

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