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
At the beginning, when Jackson Healy is learning a new word (equanimity) while feeding his fish and reciting it to himself to memorize it, this scene is exactly like a scene from the Asian-American film Better Luck Tomorrow (2002); even the word is the same. See more »
(1) Killer bees are discussed at one point. Though these hybrid bees were present in South America from the '60s, no one in the US had heard of them until the 1980s, and the first sighting was in the '90s. This film is set in 1978.
(2) In the car show, a 1978 or '79 Cadillac Eldorado convertible is displayed (and later blown up), with a voice over description of a "7 liter V8". However, American car engine sizes were measured and advertised in cubic inches well into the 1980s. It wasn't until Japanese cars began to dominate the American car market (with their engine sizes commonly measured in liters) that American cars followed suit. Also, 7 liters is about 428 cubic inches, so the reference is probably to the 425 V8, introduced in 1977. In the early '80s, Cadillac, in response to the gas crisis of the late '70s (also shown in the film), began to downsize its car engines. See more »
Matching Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in this awkward partnership actually works out very well, they are very true to their character, both a bit off in their own way, but together they really are the nice guys :)
It is the funniest film I have seen in a long time and it really deserves a lot of credit for keeping a good story and not just relying on slap-stick humor, it has both subtle and loud comedy, it has action and something going on all the time, but above all it has timing and precision in the way it delivers the story and how the characters handle the different situations.
Location, seating & time: Kinopalæet, Lyngby, Denmark - Bio 3, row 9 seat 3 & 5 - 27.06.2016 at 19.00
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