Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe bring the heat—and not, as the latter defines it, “equanimity”—in the red-band trailer for director Shane Black’s ragged, 1970s-set action-comedy “The Nice Guys,” co-written with Anthony Bagarozzi.
The shenanigans on display when Crowe’s P.I. Jackson Healy (violently) enlists Holland March (Gosling) to help investigate the disappearance of a young woman in 1977 L.A. are reminiscent of Black’s scripts for the “Lethal Weapon” franchise and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” Gosling’s high-pitched shriek when Healy breaks March’s arm is one for the ages, as is his slapstick with a gun, a magazine, and a bathroom stall.
The film, co-starring Kim Basinger (in full “L.A. Confidential” mode), Matt Bomer, and Margaret Qualley (“The Leftovers”), is due in theaters from Warner Bros. May 20, 2016.