Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling aren’t exactly known for their funny bones, so it’s a joy to report that they’re likely to be 2016’s funniest double act in this charmingly goofy yet at times hard-edged buddy comedy from the genre’s master: Shane ‘Lethal Weapon’ Black. We’re in a Boogie Nights-ish softly stylised Seventies LA and our Oscar-botherers are a pair of private eyes both tasked with finding the same missing girl. They eventually team up, of course – at least they do after Crowe breaks Gosling’s arm – and we’re off on a Byzantinely noir-ish plot taking in evil car manufacturers, porn-as-agitprop and an assassin with his face painted blue. That said, the story’s not really the point: Crowe and Gosling are visibly having a blast, the period soundtrack and suits are on point, and it somehow manages to have a core that is at once ruthless and sweet. Pure enjoyment, this one. Times & trailer
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