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

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$901,698 (South Africa) (30 May 2003)
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DVD has alternate ending. See more »

Goofs

During the final fight scene it can be clearly seen that the truck/crane has its stabilizing feet extended, lifting the wheels off the ground. However, at one point when Hank is in the drivers seat, he is shown to have maneuvered the crane forward. At the end of the sequence, the crane is still in the original position with the feet extended. See more »

Quotes

Nash: I thought I shot you. You must be one tough monkey.
Earl: [laughs] You and the monkey jokes, huh? Didn't your momma teach you any manners while you were humpin' her?
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Stupid characters in bad buddy duo with ugly racist Martin Lawrence
11 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Hank Rafferty (Steve Zahn) and Charlie Reed (Timothy Busfield) are LAPD officers who responded to an alarm. Charlie is killed right in front of helpless Hank. He is forbidden to investigate the robbery. Earl Montgomery (Martin Lawrence) is a smart-mouthed recruit who gets kicked out. He locked himself out of his car and Hank confronts him. A bumble bee cause a media sensation of another police beating. Hank is fired and prosecuted. After time in the state pen, all Hank could get is lowly security guard job. When a similar break-in happens, Hank investigates and finds the same bad guys led by Nash (Eric Roberts). Earl works as the security guard in the building and the unlikely duo goes after the bad guys.

This is not a particularly good way to build a good buddy cop duo. Basically everybody is an idiot. The only hope is that everybody is a corrupt villain. Martin Lawrence is horribly horrendously unlikeable racist. None of his antics are funny. It's the same old character that he does except more annoying. This is just bad.


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