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Bad Boys (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  7 April 1995 (USA)
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Two hip detectives protect a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin.

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Carjacker
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Eddie Dominguez
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Fouchet (as Tcheky Karyo)
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Noah Trafficante
Ralph Gonzalez ...
Kuni
Vic Manni ...
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Andy
Will Knickerbocker ...
Officer Bill O'Fee
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Cory Hodges ...
James Burnett
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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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drugs | murder | heroin | police | witness | See All (176) »

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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£843,940 (UK) (16 June 1995)

Gross:

£4,734,434 (UK) (11 August 1995)
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The experience Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer had on Beverly Hills Cop (1984), where a vehicle intended for Sylvester Stallone became a blockbuster starring Eddie Murphy, was their inspiration to re-start their project with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the lead roles. Columbia was already interested in making an action film with Smith; Simpson and Bruckheimer got the studio to OK the casting of Lawrence. See more »

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On the basketball court with Marcus, Mike, and the Captain, they do a close up and Marcus has a booger in his nose. 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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Bad Boys
Written by Ian Lewis
Produced by Ian Lewis, Touter Harvey and Roger Lewis
Performed by Inner Circle
Courtesy of Big Beat/Atlantic Recording Corp.
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The Bay of bud.
31 July 2009 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Michael Bay - just the man's name is enough to set some cinephile's teeth on edge and to have people spouting such phrases as "downfall of Hollywood", "all that is wrong with modern mainstream cinema" and even "the lord of darkness". Not me though. I happen to enjoy most of his movies on a basic, visceral, testosterone-fuelled level and this one, his first full-length actual movie, remains a mindless pleasure.

Let's face it, it takes some doing to make Martin Lawrence actually funny (I think it's been managed with this film, it's sequel and, arguably, Wild Hogs so far) but Bay manages to do it through some bizarre form of osmosis by placing him alongside the fantastic Will Smith. Smith (in the role that really started his transformation into the leading man moneymaker he would become) and Lawrence play two detectives who may bend the rules now and again but always get the job done. They ARE the bad boys, but in a charmingly cheeky way. Lawrence is a happily-married guy while Smith is the very epitome of a single ladies-man so some confusion arises when they have to swap identities in order for Lawrence to bring in a material witness (played by Tea Leoni) to a shooting that has been linked to a large drugs robbery. Hijinks ensue along with some frenetic action sequences.

It's all really rather good but nothing spectacular, with the film coasting along through some of the duller patches thanks to the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence (and, enjoyably aggrieved in the aggrieved captain role, Joe Pantoliano). Leoni isn't as irritating as she can be in the damsel in distress role and Tcheky Karyo gives us an enjoyably urbane bad guy.

The action, as to be expected from Bay, is good stuff with plenty of bullets flying and explosive material just waiting to be lit up. It's also worth mentioning that while it's, ummmmm, a little choppy in places here there is nothing quite as bad as that eye-hurting car chase in The Rock and no overuse of Bay's standard tricks while he gets used to his commanding role.

Sit back, crack open a cold one and enjoy.

See this if you like: Lethal Weapon, Running Scared, The Rock.


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