The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★½

"The Nice Guys" was a pleasant surprise. With "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," Shane Black's ambition kinda made him look like a schmuck, like someone trying to be far more clever than they truly were. However, while there are a fair amount of times where you'll be wondering how a stray line found itself into the final draft of the film, Black has found himself a unique comedic voice in "The Nice Guys" (I mean, Hannibal Burress has a cameo in the film... what?). And just as important, whereas buddy cop comedies usually fall short in plotting and action sequences, "The Nice Guys" is more than competent in both. While Shane Black may not have made the best movie of the year, it's easily his best to date.

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