The Nice Guys = 6 out of 10.
In a word: Overrated.
I’ve read two other newspaper reviews, which gave four stars and three stars (out of four) raving about this antic-laden comedy set in 1970’s Los Angeles, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, both seasoned actors. Because the anticipation for hilarity was high, the movie simply did not deliver on the same level of Meet The Fockers, Blazing Saddles or even Some Like it Hot. It’s a good and silly movie, but not a first–rate comedy.
First of all, if you saw the previews, you already saw most of the funniest scenes.
Second of all, while the actors are great, the movie falls flat in many spots which detracts from the story. The problem is not in the plot or the acting, it’s with the writing and/or directing which seemed to over-play the comedy card that fell flat.
Third, some of the lines are just plain dumb, certain to draw painful “ooohs” from the audience.
Russell Crowe is a shabby tough-guy unlicensed private investigator who crosses paths with another licensed P.I., single father, smoke-aholic played by Ryan Gosling. The plot centers around the search for a …