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|Originaltitel:||The Nice Guys|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 116 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
Los Angeles in the 1970s: Jackson Healey (Russel Crowe) is a man for the rough. Anyone who wants to send an unmistakable message to someone hires Healy. The young Amelia (Margaret Qualley) hires him to get an alleged pursuer to leave her alone. This pursuer turns out to be private detective Holland March (Ryan Gosling), who got on Amelia's trail by investigating the case of the fatally injured porn queen Misty Mountain. Suddenly the two unequal men are involved in the case and are forced to cooperate. The fact that March's pubescent daughter Holly (Angourie Rice) also gets involved in the investigation doesn't make things any easier, especially as the two of them get onto the trail of a large-scale conspiracy that catapults them directly into the sights of a merciless professional killer&.hellip;
After the great success of "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black bakes smaller rolls again with "The Nice Guys". With this comedy, he thematically follows on from his directorial debut "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang". The author of Buddy-Cop classics like "Lethal Weapon" once again proves his flair for perfect screen duos and a harmonious mixture of comedy and action. When Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling offer each other a great verbal exchange of blows after the other, when they also lay down wild chases through Los Angeles or beat up bad guys and when all this is enriched with a completely bizarre dream sequence and a lot of black humor, then in the end it comes out to be a lot of fun.
It's nice that Black, after the commercial success of "Iron Man 3", resumed the tongue-in-cheek ironic and politically not always correct tone that made "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" so amusing, even though a more "family-friendly" production might have given him a few more viewers. But because Black addresses a more mature audience, he can also incorporate some real surprise moments without any worries. Thus, the already high entertainment factor of the movie is once again significantly increased. Although in the end the whole thing doesn't quite reach the class of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang". But the film has always become a wonderfully quirky crime comedy and an amusing homage to the cinema of the 70s.
The Nice Guys" lives from the great interplay of the two main actors, who don't take themselves too seriously and obviously had a lot of fun shooting it. This also applies to the viewer, who is repeatedly animated to hearty laughter. A cool soundtrack, a successful mixture of action, wordplay and wonderful silly slapstick, as well as a 70's look interspersed with ironic winking help the movie to get over some small pitfalls. Every now and then the feeling arises that the full potential of the story and the good actors hasn't been exhausted. But even though there are some weaknesses and justified points of criticism, the film is so much fun over long stretches, that at the end there remains a very positive overall picture.
Who has a weakness for biting crime comedies, who wants to see how Ryan Gosling makes a monkey out of himself and who liked "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" should not miss this wonderful retro fun. Absolutely worth seeing!
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