The Nice Guys (2016)

One hour and fifty-six minutes – count ’em – of a dog’s dinner served up as an action comedy. Evidently director Shane Black’s policy was that nothing should be left on the cutting room floor.

This film has too many characters, too many bangs and flashes, too much violence, and a far too convoluted plot to make it worthwhile picking out the funny bits. Such comedic moments are almost all carried by Ryan Gosling as the earnest but inept private detective. Russell Crowe is his hard-man buddy, these days channelling more than a little John Goodman.

Watch Bad Boys (1995) to see a much more entertaining example of this genre.

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