Parents' Guide to

The Nice Guys

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Freewheeling buddy comedy has lots of mature content.

Movie R 2016 116 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 18+

Sexualisation of children, Very strange and unnecessary.

Surprised more people reviewing this didn’t mention the frequent and unnecessary addition of the sexualisation of children. Eg Why was it necessary for the daughter to say she was there for a “ rim job” , or some random young boy riding his bike offering to expose himself discussing the size of his genitalia. Many more examples that were not required for the plot including adults in the film having a conversation with the 13yr old about Anal sex. You have to ask why ?? Would have been an ok film without this but there was something very wrong and the pedophilic undertones were sickening. Really unnecessary if they were just trying to make a half decent movie. So again asking why ? . Something really up with this film.
age 18+

Umbrella for Pedophiliac Romp

This should be dumped in the sea. It is uneven as a a film and derivitative, There are much better films in the genre that don't stoop to exploiting children inside their sex jokes; it was very weird and I felt the director and writer were pushing their pedophiliac tendencies inside a generic film. I left nauseous.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (18 ):

THE NICE GUYS is full of vim and vinegar in the best way, channeling a 1970s L.A. vibe that's been bungled by many other filmmakers but is channeled to great effect here. The result is a buddy comedy that's fresh and fun, if flawed. On the plus side, Gosling and Crowe share such a great chemistry that they should bottle it and sell it to other buddy-comedy franchises. And Rice is a revelation as Gosling's daughter Holly, going toe to toe with the two stars. The pacing is rollicking, the look and feel a perfect breezy-raunchy 1970s. The film taps into nostalgia but feels thoroughly modern in its spirit.

That said, take this film too seriously, and you're bound to be disappointed by how it wraps up, because the plot that drives this vehicle has more holes than Swiss cheese. Of course, that may be the point, as it tweaks its genre, questioning the need for large, ponderous reasons for bad behavior. Good, old-fashioned human blinders and a misplacement of what you might call "core beliefs" may just be enough. (We can't say much more without giving the plot away.) Sometimes, even the baddest of the bunch may have lofty intentions that amount to simple delusion or ignorance. But isn't that how humans sometimes justify their smallest -- and biggest -- decisions?

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