Friday, June 17, 2016

The Nice Guys (Rhoades)

Front Row at the Movies

“The Nice Guys” Are Not So Nice
Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades

A better title for “The Nice Guys” would be “The Odd Couple,” but that is already taken. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are the mismatched stars of this new action crime comedy movie.

Gosling actually has a comedic sensibility. Crowe has a big enough ego to think he has a comedic sensibility. When they appear on TV talk shows together they seem to get along.

“The Nice Guys” is playing at Tropic Cinema.

In it, Gosling plays an inept private detective and Crowe takes on the role of a heavy-handed enforcer. Set in the ‘70s mean streets of L.A., they join up to investigate the death of a porn star. They bumble about, but so does the script.

Nonetheless, you will want to buy a ticket if (a) you need a good laugh but will settle for a few chuckles, (b) are a fan of Ryan Gosling and think he’s dreamy, or (c) you know that the film was directed and co-written by Shane Black, the guy who gave us all those “Lethal Weapon” movies.

C’mon, you know you liked “Lethal Weapon” before you quit liking Mel Gibson. What’s more, Shane Black also directed and co-wrote “Iron Man 3.”

But the real reason to like Shane Black is that he directed the highly underrated “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” an action crime comedy with Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer.

Sure, “The Nice Guys” would have been better if it starred Downey and Kilmer. But we take what we can get. So buy a ticket anyway. Shane Black has “Doc Savage” and “Predator sequels in pre-production, and we want to encourage him to do a better job.

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