The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★★

Thinking about how I'd pitch a sequel for this, you can sort of see why it failed: it's not a pre-packaged product with a massive established fanbase. It'll just never happen: they won't even do a The Man from UNCLE sequel (which is just eating me up inside), and this doesn't even have the little-known I.P. going for it. But it's fun, it's original, and it has a lot of heart. I enjoy when guys who usually take themselves very seriously like Russell Crowe let themselves do something like this, it almost always comes off.

I often mix this up with Inherent Vice and The Long Goodbye. Pretty good company, if I do say so! The funny thing is, it actually pairs best with Shane Black's other comedy-noir masterpiece Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I'd sign up for anything from him in that lane. But keep away from me with the Predator reboots.

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