Review

I got to the local movie house to see this latest action-comedy from writer/director Shane Black over the weekend, which I refer to as Chinatown meets Boogie Nights. In The Nice Guys, Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe team up as a bumbling PI and, I really don’t know how to describe Crowe’s character – he just sorta beats up dudes who harass little girls – for cash!Like the aforementioned Chinatown, the film is a period murder mystery detective story set in LA, including political corruption, and like Boogie Nights, it’s a comedy set in the 1970’s porn industry! Gosling is very funny, and Crowe is too, in a different sorta way as a washed-up bloated almost Orson Welles-ish version of himself! The real star here though is the young actress who played Gosling’s daughter. She steals every scene she’s in, and I definitely see stardom in her near future. Definite recommend on this one, and, like a lot of Shane Black films, this is a good one to see with an audience. Kim Basinger co-stars.



About the Author

Chad Spar
Chad Spar
Charles (known as "Chad" to his friends) Spar is an all-around "renaissance man", having worked in the psychology profession, the publishing industry, and is also an occasional actor. He majored in creative writing at Bowling Green State University, and also studied theater and acting at Ohio State University and Ohio Northern University. He has attended "Actors Creative Training", studying under Richard Brander (who coached such actors as Kevin Costner and Chuck Norris). He currently resides in Ada, Ohio.