May was a good month, movie wise. Captain America, the Nice Guys, X-Men Apocalypse. It is the most movies I had seen in theaters in a month, in a long time. But when the extra cash is around, might as well do something you enjoy doing.
Couldn’t convince Foxy Husband to see this one with me, despite pointing out that I saw Ratchet and Clank with him when I didn’t really want to *sigh*
Let’s start off with some basics. Two investigators, one missing girl, one death of a porn star and how it all interconnects with a possible government conspiracy and a hitman nicknamed John Boy [see the Waltons] because of his precariously placed mole. Set in the 1970’s Hollywood area. This was the first film I had seen Russell Crowe (in theaters) since 2013’s Man of Steel and Ryan Gosling (in theaters) since 2007’s Lars and the Real Girl. The humor and wit between the two creates a frenemy/bromance type chemistry that I haven’t seen on film in a while.
This movie was written by Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi and directed by Shane Black.
One (not so spoilery) pleasant surprise is Holland’s (Ryan) single dad status and approach to parenting in the 1970’s. His daughter, Holly (played by Angourie Rice) is smart and sassy, albeit, a bit rebellious. He gives her a long leash, as was popular in parenting back then, but still tries to have those teachable moments.
Holly: “There are hookers here and stuff.”
Holland: “Don’t say ‘and stuff’. Just say ‘there are hookers here.'”
The language is abundant as well as the casual nudity and drug use so this isn’t exactly a family movie. It is hilarious but also will probably hit you in the heart hole just a little if you are at all human and have feelings. As someone who enjoys classic murder mystery shows [Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Rockford Files, and Magnum PI], this was awesome!
I give it a solid 8.5-9/10 while Rotten Tomatoes rates it 7.5/10.
Have you seen it? What do you think? Comment below!