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Two mismatched security guards are thrown together to bust a smuggling operation.

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Storyline

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 »


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

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17 January 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$319,131 (Australia) (9 May 2003)

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$901,698 (South Africa) (30 May 2003)
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More than 400,000 bottles of soft drinks and beer were used as background scenery, during the shootout in the warehouse. See more »

Goofs

When Earl and Hank are airborne in the Driving Instructor car, when in mid-air, the wheels are not turning, but in the next shot they are spinning very fast. See more »

Quotes

Hank: Get out of the damn car!
Woman in car: [Slapping Hank] Didn't your mama teach you any manners? The least you could do is ask me nice!
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Pretty painful overall, but has it's moments
14 July 2003 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie could have worked if Martin Lawrence wasn't so goofy and over the top. He was just flat out annoying in this movie. Maybe the writing was so poor that this is the only way for him to play the character, or maybe he had too much artistic license and the director was too sheepish to keep him in line. Whatever the case, the movie isn't a total loss, but you know you have a bomb on your hands when your two year old likes this seemingly adult-oriented movie more than his father did.


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