This weekend brings two terrific R-rated comedies, of very different moods. The first is The Nice Guys (review here), a Shane Black pic featuring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as two talented, also occasionally idiotic, snoops trying to find a missing girl. Lots of dead bodies and swearing ensues in delightfully dark ways. The second film is Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (review here), where Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron return to duke it out, but instead of drunk dudes next door, a fresh bunch of ladies have moved into the place. Themes of feminism and the shocking confusion of age-gaps are held amidst a creepy clown (are there any other kind), confusion over the nature of boiling water and the world’s best/eeriest Holocaust joke.
Also, in faaaaar more limited release aka you can also get it on VOD, is Ben Wheatley’s unnerving High Rise aka Snowpiercer in a Tall Building. There’s distinctly more to it than that in this terrific movie (review here).