THE NICE GUYS Movie Review by The Commander


3 (out of 4 stars) 
It has been said that comedy doesn't cross the pond, which makes a lot of sense since things that are funny in the U.S. aren't necessarily funny in Europe and Asia.  However, slapstick is usually funny everywhere.  Whether it's Chevy Chase falling off a ladder, the Three Stooges slapping each other, or Abbot and Costello’s pie in the face—slapstick is universally funny.
So now comes the movie, The Nice Guys, written and directed by Shane Black, a well-known screenwriter of the action genre.  His credits include Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon 2, The Last Boy Scout, and Iron Man 3. 
The Nice Guys is basically a collage of all of Black’s previous works, with a lot of slapstick from the 1950’s thrown in.  This is not the first time Shane has done this.  He did it with Lethal Weapon, as Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) would imitate the comedy routines of Curly in the Three Stooges.

In this film, the comedy-duo is portrayed by Holland March (Ryan Gosling), a down-on-his-luck bumbling detective, with an all too streetwise daughter, Holly (Angourie Rice) and his partner to-be, Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) a non-licensed investigator who's “muscle first, talk later” approach gets the job done faster.
The plot involves the mismatched private eyes, who investigate the apparent suicide of a porn star in Los Angeles during the 1970’s.  While there's not much to the intrigue of the plot, the overall slapstick and humor make up for the story’s deficiencies.  For close to two hours, it is an entertaining film that will keep you laughing, with classic slapstick routines from the fifties.  And, as with all other Shane Black films, they leave the door open at the end for sequels, providing the film does well at the box office.
I would recommend this film to everyone who loves the old comedians and their routines.  While younger audiences may find it just plain funny, for older generations, it will bring back fond memories of a time long ago.

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