National Security (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  17 January 2003 (USA)
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Two mismatched security guards are thrown together to bust a smuggling operation.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Reed
Robert Barton
Woman in Car
Booking Clerk
Hank's Lawyer
Billy Narthax
Owen Fergus


Earl and Hank have only one thing in common: they're both L.A.P.D. rejects. One just got kicked out, the other can't even get in. After confronting each other on opposite sides of the law during a traffic stop that escalates out of control, these two luckless individuals end up partnered as lowly security guards. Despite being damned to the lowest rung of the law enforcement ladder, Earl and Hank uncover a sophisticated smuggling operation led by Nash and his band of thugs. When Earl and Hank get their hands on some hot property, they go on the run from, first the bad guys, then the L.A.P.D.--led by Lt. Washington and Detective McDuff. What these two unlikely partners do to law enforcement is a crime, but they just might save the day. That is, if they don't kill each other first. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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This January, a buddy comedy without the buddies. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Segurança Nacional  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,813,517 (USA) (17 January 2003)


$901,698 (South Africa) (30 May 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Earl's automatic pistol, "Earl Jr.", is a Glock 17 converted to fire fully-automatic. Glock 18C's, as it was meant to portray, have a rate-of-fire selector switch on the slide. See more »


While Hank and Earl are driving the stolen police car, the rear-view mirror appears and disappears between shots. See more »


Earl: Your partner got killed. You lost your job. You went to jail. Your girlfriend walked. You got a job as a security guard at a hundred and eighty-two dollars a week. You know what you are, Hank? You're a black man.
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References The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »

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Blatant racism at its "finest"
4 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like Steve Zahn. I didn't used to hate Martin Lawrence. I put off watching this movie for sometime knowing it was just a goofy, no-need- to-use-your-brain type flick. I regret having turned it on. I gave it 45 minutes, then had to turn it off. I think I've actually only turned off a handful of movies without finishing them in my entire life, but this one was so amazingly awful that I couldn't force myself to finish it. They literally threw Lawrence in a film for the over-the-top goofy black comedian for his "white man always bringing me down" humor. Usually, it flies. It was too much this time. This schtick was straight anti-white racism and anti-societal/anti-authority ignorance. I can't believe this passes as comedy. A wonderful PG-13 adventure for today's kids who we've bent over backwards trying to help embrace acceptance in this life. Lost a lot of respect for Zahn agreeing to be in this. Great call Columbia Pictures.

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