REVIEW: Nice Guys (2016) - ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Nice Guys (2016)


I’ve watched this one with two expectations, can I get a fucking decent movie this year ?
And beyond that, if Shane Black still has it ? Because the guy is in charge of The Predator
next and we won’t get another chance for this solid trilogy we deserve.

The answer is, fuck yes.Shane Black continues to master the buddy movie genre, and the good ones at that (Like Lethal Weapon ,The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero,Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ,Long Kiss Goodbye…).

Gosling plays a feeble, clumsy and alcoholic private detective who earns some bucks by scamming retarded old ladies, his wife’s dead and his young daughter has more balls than him , Crowe is a brutal enforcer and bitter man, a kind of 1977 Joe Allenbeck, and they will team up to find some hippie girl and that will lead them to the classic rotten politics, but isn’t that our everyday reality?

Plot is simple and grounded and I would add that this kind of movie needs a simple plot because
it’s all about the execution and the acting here.Acting was right from everybody,
Basinger has not a lot of screen time but she was okay, the bad guys are not developped but
they’re efficient on screen, special mention to the best of them “John Boy” .I mean Matt Bomer is probably a homosexual and Shane made a menacing skilled assassin out of this guy ,
do you believe that ? Another thing Black is good at is involving kids, usually they suck monkey balls when they’re given more screentime than the usual, but not here.

Despite being filmed in digital the  cinematography mastered by Rousselot works perfectly in this
late seventies environement, Black uses the background a lot and you should lay an eye on
what’s happening out there, dialogues are good, lots of good jokes, also a lot of absurd and random dialogues which I love. There is some action here and there and of course the big finale.
Black uses quite a few plot twists that will make you proud and make you laugh at the same time, but spoiling them would be criminal.  Avoid any fucking reviews which spoil this movie !

I’ve noticed a few things in the trailers that were missing in the flick, and even if the movie
runs almost for  2 hours, I wouldn’t be surprised if 10 to 15+ minutes are missing.
The score fits and the guns sound design is like the good old days, loud.

Now the only bad points, Gosling’s Hitler jokes are unfunny and are an impediment
to the overall politically NOT correct tone, also Gosling has a couple of burlesque
moments that are just plain lame and felt forced.Well I shit on the 3 stooges so…
The movie also drags a little bit a couple of times, to me it’s not a problem
but for some of you ….It could screw the replayability.

Three more things that need to be clarified

1 this movie has nothing to do with the piece of shit Inherent Vice or the overrated Big Lebowski
2 it’s not Lethal Weapon for a New Generation, it’s a bittersweet comedy and
dynamic R rated  buddy flick  made for our fucking generation and everybody who likes real Cinema
3 yes there is an Xmas moment.

Pay the ticket folks.

8/10 which will certainly become a 9 when I’ll get rid of the shitty French dubbing.




  1. The Night Rider

    May 22, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    If Frenchie approves… it’s adone deal.

    • jim

      May 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Blood Father getting good response in Cannes…..and Paul Verhoeven new film has also gone down well there ..

  2. jim

    May 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Looking forward to this. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a favourite. Sad to say it’s not doing well at US box office. A metrosexualised generation of twinky ADHD betamales has spoken.

  3. Slater93

    May 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Saw it last night. Fucking awesome. Gosling was funny as hell, Crowe was finally badass again, but he’s so fucking fat! Anyone know if he put on weight for this?

    • Mucho Macho

      May 22, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      He did gain weight for the role but he has slimmed down since.
      He said this in an interview:
      “I was [268 pounds] the first week of August last year,” Russell told Australia’s Fitzy & Wippa radio show. “I did a movie called The Nice Guys, so I wanted to be the physical juxtaposition of Ryan Gosling.”

      • Slater93

        May 22, 2016 at 5:21 pm

        268?? Jesus fucking Christ. From what I hear he’s not that tall either. I mean good for him for doing what he thought he needed to do, but I thought it woulda been more badass if he was a little chunky but top heavy. He still kicked ass in the fight scenes

        • Mucho Macho

          May 22, 2016 at 6:09 pm

          After “Gladiator” he let himself go a bit. In “Proof of Life” he was still fit but after gallore. In the right roles & movies he can kick ass. He is really good

          • Slater93

            May 23, 2016 at 6:18 pm

            Oh absolutely. He’s a fantastic actor, his performances in Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind are amazing, AND he’s one of the manlier actors out there who can very convincingly and effortlessly kick some ass. Always thought there should be a movie with Crowe and Gerard Butler (another badass actor who makes too much garbage) as costars, I think they would compliment each other perfectly.

          • Mucho Macho

            May 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm

            Problem sometimes lie with the fact that these tough guy / rough actors are living & working in an industry that rejects their type. I love & admire Gene Hackman, imagine him 30 years younger today, he would have some trouble.
            Btw.. A Butler/Crowe collaboration in a movie directed by Shane Black or Mel Gibson would kick ass!!!!
            (Good call on Butler👍..however I do love The Mike Banning character & his 2 “…Fallen” movies)

      • Slater93

        May 22, 2016 at 5:23 pm

        It was nice to see him in a good movie again, giving a good performance. Haven’t liked anything he’s done since 3:10 to Yuma. He was good in body of lies but it’s a pretty lame movie. Hopefully now that he’s thin again he can make a comeback

        • Mucho Macho

          May 22, 2016 at 6:06 pm

          I think “3:10 to Yuma” was awesome & underrated.
          His weight has been up & down in recent years but saw him on tv this past week & he did look like he lost some weight

      • The Night Rider

        May 22, 2016 at 5:56 pm

        Crowe just wanted an excuse to eat pizza for breakfast and ice cream at 4am with the dog.

        • Mucho Macho

          May 22, 2016 at 6:04 pm

          He has gone up & down in reent years.
          But this time he gave the role excuse. Saw him on tv the other day..he has lost some weight
          Btw Pizza for breakfast…👍👍

  4. Mucho Macho

    May 22, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    $ounds like we got a winner!!

  5. Mucho Macho

    May 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    It will open #4 at the Box Office at the US.
    Gotta be honest I was surprised they were releasing it against fat pothead Seth Rogen’s “neighbors 2” which is also Rated R.
    Angry Birds top the charts..& I still dont know what the fuck is an Angry Bird?!?!

  6. Mucho Macho

    May 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I couldn’t go tho the movies this weekend but I definitely will try to go see this in the incoming days.
    Congrats Brotha

  7. crocop97

    May 22, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Can’t wait for this one, might even consider the 2 hour drive to the nearest Cinema. Yeah, fuck my country

    • The Night Rider

      May 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Croatia = Alpha country.

      • crocop97

        May 22, 2016 at 8:01 pm

        Well, we’ve produced many great athletes, but economy wise we’re kinda screwed

        • CyrusTheVirus85

          May 24, 2016 at 12:07 pm

          Is Croatia EU now? There’s yer fuckin problem

          • crocop97

            May 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm

            Yeah, we are… and I fucking hated it when they said that we’re joining in. Fucking fascists

  8. Just Some Polack

    May 22, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Great to hear that. I’m going to see that on Wednesday. Too bad the predicts turned up to be true and it earned only 11 millions in the US – barely a quarter of its budget. Because nowadays among American “adult” audiences: flying pretty boys in spandex and low-brow comedies – good, intriguing, original plot with entertaining dialogue – bad!

    • CyrusTheVirus85

      May 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Wait for some manchild to show up here and “educate” you about how spandex movies come from comics read by men

      • Just Some Polack

        May 26, 2016 at 9:49 am

        I can hardly wait…

  9. Jimmy Smith

    May 23, 2016 at 6:59 am

    It’s a shame this won’t do very good at the box office. It looks good and i’ll definitely try to catch it in cinemas. People are the problem, they don’t want anything original, Just look at the top three movies of the weekend. All based on some pre packaged brand name sequel/superhero movie. They should of released this at a different time in the year.

  10. CyrusTheVirus85

    May 24, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Oh yes… let’s hit this fucker midnight. I’ll pay the ticket and take the money right out of my pocket then I’ll also buy it!

  11. Jacob Phillips

    May 30, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Nice one. Too bad about the dubbing. I’m living in Spain now and they fucking dub everything into Spanish.