The Nice Guys

2016 R 1h 56m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Nice Guys

2016 R 1h 56m Blu-ray / DVD
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Set in 1970s Los Angeles, this noirish mystery tracks a private eye who teams with a hired bruiser to investigate a missing persons case and a porn star's suspicious suicide. In the process, the pair stumbles onto evidence of a vast conspiracy.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Nice Guys is a '70s-set action movie/buddy comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. It taps into all that was racy/iffy about that time period, including the rise of the porn industry in Los Angeles, the generally somewhat-lax approach to parenting (i.e. drinking/smoking in front of your kids), and more. Teen girls are shown flirting or making out with men twice and three times their age, drinking in the presence of adults, and discussing sex acts openly with adults. Women walk around topless; you also see bare bottoms and lots of skimpy outfits. When characters watch a porn movie, the volume is turned up high; characters having sex in a porn film are shown from the side. The film is also laced with profanity (including "f--k," "s--t," and more) and drug use (mostly weed, and by adults) and has a lot of realistic, sometimes-graphic violence (shooting, killing, fighting, a character falling to his death with a giant splat, children in peril).

Sexual Content

Focus on the porn industry. A young teen ogles a porn magazine and later a naked woman (her breasts are very much on display). Women are shown walking around topless an/or in sheer/scant clothing. Bare backsides seen. A man sits on the toilet with only a magazine covering his privates. In one scene, a teen is (presumably) watching a porn movie -- no images shown, but the sound is turned up high. A porn star doesn't think twice about discussing certain sex acts in a teen's presence. Quick clip of a porn movie shows a couple having sex, seen from the side. Teens make out with much older characters.


Frequent, realistic action violence: Characters are punched, shot at, killed, and more; one falls to his death with a giant splat, which is shown. The action is bone-crunching, sometimes relentless, and at times graphic. Children are frequently in peril.


Frequent strong swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "a--hole," and "d--k."

Social Behavior

Amid the characters' iffy actions/decisions is the idea that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Also, redemption is available for anyone who wants it. And it's important to do the right thing, even if it doesn't solve everything.


A few products/brand names spotted include Mercedes Benz, Orange Crush, and Tower Records.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Loads of boozing and smoking (both cigarettes and pot), sometimes in a child's presence. A main character has a drinking problem and drives drunk.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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