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Bad Boys (1995)

Two hip detectives protect a witness to a murder while investigating a case of stolen heroin from the evidence storage room from their police precinct.

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Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies' man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other. Written by James Hastie <jdh1000@cus.cam.ac.uk>

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Rated R for intense violent action and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »

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7 April 1995 (USA)  »

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Bulletproof Hearts  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,523,358 (USA) (9 April 1995)

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$65,807,024 (USA)
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Martin Lawrence and Will Smith were starring in their own hit television shows, Martin (1992) and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), when filming this movie. In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: I, Stank Horse (1996), Nicholas "Nicky" Banks tells Will that his parents will not let him watch Bad Boys (1995), to which Will replies, "Oh, whatcha gonna do?" See more »

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When Marcus is fighting two thugs trying to kill him in Club Hell, one of them picks him up and slams him into an aquarium. The glass of the aquarium shatters before his body makes impact. See more »

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Marcus Burnett: You better do something quick, 'cause we're running out of road.
Mike Lowrey: Who picked this dumb-ass road? On the goddamn road in Miami, *you* run out of it!
Marcus Burnett: You better come up with an idea fast!
Mike Lowrey: Why I gotta come up with all the ideas?
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Juke-Joint Jezebel
Written by En Esch, Sascha Konietzko, Günter Schulz and Raymond Watts
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Courtesy of Wax Trax! Records/TVT Records
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Michael Bay: The Next Big Thing

I had no high hopes when I walked into this film. I like Will Smith, I like Martin Lawrence, so I figured this film will at least be funny. And it was funny, and then some. It was action packed, thrilling and a helluva good time. I came out of the theatre thinking that the guy who directed that movie is going to be huge.

Michael Bay, former music video and commercial director, has made an incredible directorial debut. The film never stops. When it isn't action-packed, it is funny. It is sexy, fun and always moving. Christian Wagner's editing is phenomenal. I love action movies that really try to be action movies. A lot of action films know that they are action films so they try to incorporate other genres to make the film more complete, but they often fail miserably. They try so hard to be something they are not that they forget what they are in the first place. The essence of the action film is the action. It is a necessary component, it needs to be there otherwise it loses its edge. "Bad Boys" doesn't just throw in the occassional action sequence to meet the expectations of the genre, but instead uses the action to help tell the story. It is this use of filmmaking that allows an action film to remain an action film and still go beyond.

Watch "Bad Boys" again and every time there is an action sequence, ask yourself why that was there and what did it accomplish. You will find that each sequence took the film to another level; it introduced an new conflict, it increased the present conflict, it eliminated a key character, it introduced a new character, and so on. There are a lot of action films out there that sacrifice story for spectacle, and the audience notices this. At the centre of all films lies the story and if it comes to a halt so does the interest of the viewers.

"Bad Boys" of course isn't the greatest story on film, or even in the action genre, but what is so appealing and memorable about "Bad Boys" is that it is just as entertaining with its story as it is with its action by combining the two without sacrificing either. Michael Bay understands the importance of the story within the structure of the film. He tells a visual story, entertaining and complete, and leaves you very satisfied. Watch for Michael Bay because he is here to stay.


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