Television journalist Diana records footage of a cocaine deal gone wrong between the Italian mob and a street gang called The Demons. During the deal, mob boss Giancarlo kills the Demons' leader Grank and a gun fight ensues. Giancarlo spots Diana and her partner Richard and orders his gang to chase them. Richard is captured while Diana flees from the mobsters, bumping into TV chef Jackie, who helps her escape. During the chase, she accidentally switches the videotape of the drug trade with one of Jackie's cooking videos. Jackie brings the tape to his adoptive brother Romeo, a police officer. Romeo's children watch the video, unaware of what it is and that their father is investigating the mob. The mob force Richard to give them Diana's address. They ambush Diana at her house and kidnap her when they realize the tapes were switched and Jackie has the tape they want. Diana escapes after creating a distraction in front of a crowd.
Meanwhile, Romeo discovers his son watching Diana's tape, the proof he needs to arrest the mob, and visits the hospital where Diana and Tara are being treated. The women inform him about what happened to Jackie and the others. At Giancarlo's home, Giancarlo demands the tape from Jackie one last time. Jackie decides to call Romeo, but he is not home. Afterwards Jackie is forced into an unfair fight with Giancarlo. After taking a beating, Giancarlo orders his men to kill Jackie and the women at "the guesthouse", which is code for a mining site used by Giancarlo where he buries people alive. However, they escape and destroy Giancarlo's home by driving through it in a 120-ton mining vehicle, which also causes cocaine to be spread outside in view of the police. The authorities arrive with Romeo, but they decide to state that they did not witness anything and that it was just another gang battle, so that Jackie can go free while the mobsters are arrested for possession of cocaine.
Mr. Nice Guy opened on Chinese New Year, 1997, against director Hung's own Once Upon a Time in China and America. Both were box office successes, but Mr. Nice Guy was the bigger of the two. It made HK$45,420,457 (US$5,866,697) during its Hong Kong run. In Taipei, Taiwan, Mr. Nice Guy grossed NT$43.1 million (US$1.5 million) and sold 201,407 tickets in 1997. In China, it grossed ¥65 million RMB (US$7.84 million) at the box office. In South Korea, it sold 702,027 tickets and grossed US$3.44 million. In Japan, it earned ¥370 million (US$3.06 million) at the box office.
In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy is a 1997 album by American singer Pat Boone in which Boone covers hard rock and heavy metal songs in a jazz/big band style. Boone promoted the album by appearing in leather clothing (and, at that year's American Music Awards, wearing a dog collar). He succeeded in propelling Metal Mood onto the Billboard record charts (making it Boone's first hit album in 36 years), but it did not please some of his older, longtime fans who considered the heavy metal genre in bad taste, or worse. The album has since become somewhat popular as a joke gift to metal fans (as often indicated in reviews given to it) although some serious sites have given it good reviews on its own merits. The album featured guest appearances from well-known rock musicians such as Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore.
In October of the same year, and in a similar vein, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé covered Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" in a lounge-jazz style on the 1997 compilation album release, Lounge-A-Palooza. This idea of giving rock hits a "standards" treatment was imitated later by Boone's contemporary Paul Anka in the 2005 album Rock Swings, which also featured Anka doing a cover of "Black Hole Sun".
Mr. Nice Guy is an underrated, overlooked entry from the prime period of Jackie Chan's career when he was in-between rising in Hong Kong and his watered-down projects in the USA, when each film panicked insurance agents in various European locales. Even by the high standards of Chan films, this easily features several of his most daring stunts and a finale that any other sane movie would have done using miniatures. Not this film. Not when you pair Jackie Chan with Sammo Hung behind the director's seat. They go all the way, those masters of crafting effortlessly watchable cinema.
You could be fooled into thinking this is part of Jackie's Hollywood output without looking at the credits, but only for a split second because once things get going it becomes so effortlessly watchable, as a barely existent plot makes way for fun as fuck set pieces. The cherry on top? Richard Norton as a cigar-smoking, germophobic cartoon villain.
Jackie Chan's "Mr. Nice Guy" was originally titled "No More Mr. Nice Guy," which would also have worked; as the film opens he's a smiling chef on a TV show, and as it closes he's single-handedly destroying a house with a giant piece of earth-moving equipment. Still, I like the new title, because Chan is a nice guy, with his infectious grin, potato nose, and astonishing physical comedy.
The movie ends, as always, with credit cookies showing outtakes of Jackie landing wrong and nearly getting creamed. They prove what we know, that he does his own stunts. You watch how good he is and how hard he works, and you're glad his plots are an afterthought, because you don't want anything distracting from his sheer physical exuberance.
To try and get Wyatt's mind off of Serena, Jonesy sets himself and Wyatt up on a double date with Britney and Gina. However, when it turns out that the girls like Wyatt's nice personality more than Jonesy's abrasive, assertive one, Jonesy gets mad and decides to try and learn how to act kind.
When date time comes, Wyatt is a bundle of nerves, but Jonesy is calm and collected. He takes charge, directing the girls to the movie that they'll see and telling them about the snack bar but taking no notice of what the girls might actually want. Wyatt asks him about this, but Jonesy responds that girls like a guy who can take charge. While Wyatt is unconvinced, soon the group is in the Gigantoplex getting ready to watch Monk of the Green Dragon.
However, Diana's videotape fell into Jackie's box, causing her to take it by mistake, and the real videotape was taken back to Jackie's adoptive father's house and watched by his brother Romeo's children, despite the fact that they had. Jackie was found by Giancarlo's men while filming a television show and had to run away. Diana went to Jackie's house to look for the tape, but was hunted down by gangs along with him, Lakeisha and Miki.
A typical Jackie Chan film that offers up tons of breathtaking action and not much else, this is action film-making well above average. Now I've heard critics complain about Jackie Chan films and this film in particular having no plot or complex storyline. Instead they possess childish, over-simplified stories which just involve different characters getting chased, caught, escaping, and getting chased again, usually involving a character or an item that the bad guys are after (here it's a videotape). I don't really understand this level of criticism. If you're looking for plot and story go see a film like FARGO or A SIMPLE PLAN instead. Action films I hate are those which contain an abundance of plot and dialogue and a minimum of action. Reverse that quota and you have utterly entertaining cinema, action, and excitement from start to finish with barely time to breathe. MR. NICE GUY is no exception, a return to the old days for Jackie where the action was plentiful and the stunts come thick and fast.Sure, there are a few dodgy aspects to the film but none of them are particularly surprising. The acting is generally terrible, especially from the western actresses brought into the movie to tell it to an overseas audience. Chan speaks English here which adds to the authenticity and his accent is pretty easy to understand. The best role goes to Richard Norton, an old pro who handles the part of his slimy gangster villain with ease and who has some great lines and mannerisms. Check out the bizarre fight sequence between Chan and Norton, which has Chan restrained with elastic to give Norton a helping hand. It makes little sense but is pretty amusing.As for the action, it mainly takes the form of chases which is fine by me. There are fights in a shopping mall (recalling POLICE STORY) and a stand out sequence involving a chase on a horse-drawn carriage which is very well shot (check out the superior stunt in which Chan falls off, nearly going under the wheels of a bus and only saving himself with his hands). The kung fu is nice and fast and always exciting, with Chan making great use of props for danger and action. Another highlight is a battle in a workshop with bits of wood and circular saws everywhere. Things culminate in a terrific finale involving a truly massive bulldozer demolishing a building. Scenes where Jackie lies on his back, pushing himself backwards with his feet to avoid getting crushed under the wheel of the truck, or where he hangs onto the wheel to get into the cab, are classic and showcase an athletic and dare-defying Chan at his finest. Sammo Hung handles the direction and makes a good job of it, only spoiling things slightly with some silly slow-motion inserts. Check out his cameo as an irate cyclist!
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). 781b155fdc