After the death of a porn star named Misty Mountains, her aunt seeks the help of detective Holland March (Ryan Gosling) after she believes that she has seen Misty post her death. He takes the case also to find a missing girl called Amelia who then hires enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) to intimidate Holland into staying away from her. Flow of events make Holland and Jackson join hands to find Amelia and get to the bottom of the mystery behind Misty's death. Whether they're successful in it forms the story of The Nice Guys.
As expected, the director has used the odd couple's even odder unlikely partnership. Instead of working against it, Shane has gone with the wave and helped it in making this film a laugh riot. The characterization of the duo seems pretty convincing though. Gosling's character is a clumsy, drunken private eye who's a failure from everyone's POV including his daughter's. Crowe, on the other hand is a rough-knuckled thug-for-hire who beats up people for cash.
It's a no brainer plot and even before intermission the road taken is obvious. Still, even at dull moments, the men keeps us entertained. The way the duo tries to make sense of the happenings are a pleasure to watch and Holly (Angourie Rice) as the 13 yr old daughter practically steals scenes from the seasoned stars with her impeccable acting.
This sleazy world of the 70s has been well plotted by the director and wins it with some hilarious characters thanks to some beautiful performances from the cast. Even if the story isn't something new, the actors and jokes are enough to experience this film.
Overall, The Nice Guys is a wannabe comical thriller that does a pretty good job of making us laugh