The Nice Guys / by Kenneth Buff

  3.5/5 STARS

3.5/5 STARS

The Nice Guys is a buddy cop movie in the spirit of 48 Hours, and Lethal Weapon (which makes sense, since it's written by Shane Black, the writer of Lethal Weapon). The film stars Russel Crowe as a leg breaker who crosses paths with a private investigator, played by Ryan Gosling. The two eventually join forces to solve a greater crime.

Like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours what makes this movie work is the actors ability to fill their character types effectively. Gosling is especially good as the goofy and sometimes brilliant PI. His so good they have to be ad libbed squeals really pump humor into the film, which is badly needed with what sometimes feels like a hum-drum plot that's just going through the motions. Crow is also good as the tough as nails enforcer with a hidden heart of gold. It's a good combo, but there's not enough playing off of one another to really live up to the expectations the audience has for a buddy cop movie.

Over all, it's a fun summer film that isn't a sequel, remake, or have a single superhero in it. Definitely worth seeing.