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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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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$65,807,024 (USA)
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The original title for this movie was Bulletproof Hearts, and was written for Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz because they were very popular, and based on their Saturday Night Live (1975) work. But producer Don Simpson arranged a trip for the actors and him to go to Las Vegas, to celebrate their upcoming work, and Carvey was so horrified by the notoriously wild Simpson that he withdrew from the project altogether, sending the film into turnaround, and causing the rights to go from Disney to Columbia. See more »

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The huge car-jacker's gun (the man on Marcus' side) switches hands between shots (right-left-right). See more »

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Marcus Burnett: [after the Fouchet thug tries to shoot the gun nothing happens and Marcus slams him into a urinal] Next time, learn to work the safety with your punk-ass.
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Never Find Someone Like You
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Frivolous but fun
16 October 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A typically bombastic and derivative actioner from the Bay/Bruckheimer team, this time taking the form of the age-old '80s "buddy-buddy" movie and reinventing it with the casting of not one but two black men in the leads: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Surprisingly, the central pairing is what makes this film work just fine. Despite the juvenile and unnecessarily crude script, Lawrence and Smith have a successful enough screen chemistry to provide a fair quota of laughs along the way (their pairing proved successful enough for an sequel in any case). In fact this film works just fine as an action comedy without ever breaking any new ground. Every scene and situation is sign-posted and clichéd but nonetheless I still found myself enjoying the laughs, antics and comedy situations in which the protagonists find themselves.

The action sequences are often loud and quite splendid, although I would have liked a little more originality in the settings and events rather than the predictable old shoot-outs and gun-battles. At least the choreography is spot-on and the action is greatly improved by the bombastic music score which just pumps sheer adrenaline through the listener's system. Highlights to watch out for include an excellent car chase scene and the final, bloody battle at the aircraft hangar which doesn't disappoint in any respect.

The usual cast of solid faces flesh out this big budget enterprise: a young and surprisingly beautiful Tea Leoni is the fragile but feisty witness; Joe Pantoliano is the stressed out superior and the sneering Tcheky Karyo is the evil European bad guy (a nice part but Karyo is grossly underused; to see him in a similar but far better role check out KISS OF THE DRAGON). Even Marg Helgenberger and Kim Coates have brief cameos. On a final note, BAD BOYS is one of those films where the two characters have to swap identities halfway through, leading to a major running gag which never lets up and provides some worthwhile situations and banter. Frivolous but fun entertainment.


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