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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Nice Guys (2016)

I wasn't sure about pairing Russell Crowe with Ryan Gosling, but in this case it really worked.  Jackson (Crowe) is a private detective who you hire for muscle.  If you are pissed off at someone or you want them to stop harassing you, this is the guy that you hire.  He is gritty and competent.  Holland (Gosling) on the other hand, is more in line with the private detectives that Perry Mason would hire, but with one caveat.  He is a hopeless drunk since his wife died in a house fire.  Holland couldn't smell the gas leaking, his wife didn't call anyone but complained about it to her husband, and when the house exploded, she died.  And now he drinks.  All the time.  Even though he is raising their 13 year old daughter, who is seeing a lot that she shouldn't, and she is driving him everywhere.  Between them they are investigating the death of a porn star who some very bad guys are after.  So it is essentially a chase movie with some colorful characters set in Los Angeles in the late '70's.  Light action movie.

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