Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. Written by @onecriticalgeek (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
I was looking forward to this film upon seeing the trailer thinking it would be a barrel of laughs seeing Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling playing buddy detectives. Upon actually seeing it I felt different. I feel in some way the comedic timing was off in a complicated who done it. I also felt its attempt to appeal to a wider audience and keeping it less gritty lost me nearly from the start. The title “THE NICE GUYS” should have been my cue, but I watched anyway. I also think there were plans for a part two, which if it does happen I don’t think I’ll take part. So for THE NICE GUYS I give it 2 ½ stars.