Two professions collide in The Nice Guys: Private eye Ryan Gosling says his job is “very complicated, OK? It’s nuanced.” Russell Crowe’s seems less of both; as the little girl enthuses, “You beat people up, and charge money?!” It’s 1977 Los Angeles — dig the groovy fonts, bitchin’ cars and Tower Records cameo — and it seems the mob is infiltrating the City of Angels. Kim Basinger tells our, uh, heroes that her daughter (Margaret Qualley) is mixed up in that and implores them to find her. Cue the buddy antics amid myriad deaths.
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 writer-director (and Lethal Weapon scribe) Shane Black returns to the crime beat for this zinger-laced action comedy, which he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi. The period-imprecise Hollies classic in the trailer can be forgiven, owing to its noir lyric; the Rod Stewart gem maybe less so. But the dialogue is so much fun that both are mere audio window dressing. And Gosling and Crowe deliver it with disco-era gusto.
Co-starring Matt Bomer, Jack Kilmer, Ty Simpkins, Keith David, Beau Knapp and Angourie Rice, the Warner Bros pic hits megaplexes — and a few drive-ins — May 20. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think.