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It’s Nice — Also Comic, Violent and Funny

Movie: "The Nice Guys"
Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling play a pair of private detectives in “The Nice Guys.”

This is Los Angeles in the 1970s: a city sprawled under a choking blanket of brown smog. Even the opening shot in Shane Black’s “The Nice Guys” is from behind a Hollywood sign in tatters. This is the world of private detectives like Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe, now all flabby flesh, the size of an Army Humvee and just as dangerous) and Holland March (Ryan Gosling, deadbeat in a shiny suit) who scavenge for business.

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