Director: Shane Black. Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Keith David, Kim Basinger. 116 min. Rated R. Crime/Comedy.
The pairing of a hunky non-nonsense Russell Crowe with a thin whining Ryan Gosling as two 70s PIs in a comedy, is already strange casting, and their attempt to appear as a new generation Abbot and Castello (notably Crowe acting as the wiser of the two, and Gosling's soundless screams when he's scared) is hard to stomach. But somehow, it works. They do manage a few genuine laughs, and their rapport in an elevator scene, without actually doing anything, is the movie's peak. Wouldn't be surprised if there's talks of an upcoming franchise.
PS: There is.