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2016, Comedy - Adult

The Nice Guys (2016)

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Two doubtful PIs are forced by circumstances to work together to trace a young woman called Amelia. They find that there are others of a more violent disposition on her trail, and also that she is an amateur porn actress, and the participants in the film in which she has performed are being eliminated. One of them, Misty Mountains who was killed in a car crash, has been seen by her aunt two days after her funeral. Fortunately they are helped by the young daughter of one of the detectives, who seems to have a better grasp of events than they have.

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Initially one of the detectives is hired by Amelia, to get the other to stop trying to find her. Some violence results. They drive about in LA a lot and attend a party in the porn film producer’s house where there is a lot of nudity. There are a number of gunfights mostly with hand guns, but with the addition of at least one machine gun. The daughter seems to be central to much of the plot, typically attending the slightly smutty party. There is a lot of drinking, some smoking a bit of drug taking but no sex.

A View Most of the critics liked this a lot, but the ones who did not like it did not like it at all, and some questioned the involvement of a young teenage girl in what is quite an edgy plot. Quite a number of people are killed which for me suggests that it aught not to be considered to be a comedy, but nevertheless it contains a lot of jokes and nods to other movies, and is good fun if you are not easily shocked.
Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story Apparently inspired by a novel Blue Murder by Brett Halliday.
Director Shane Black
Writers/Script Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi
Starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Kim Basinger
Additional Info Shane Black, maybe best known for scripting the Lethal Weapon franchise, first wrote this screenplay in 2001.

 

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