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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)  »

Also Known As:

Segurança Nacional  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

In the scene where Earl jumps the police car through the house at the LAPD Academy the car lands and the hub caps to the tires come off. When Earl jumps out of the car you can clearly see hub caps on the police car. See more »

Quotes

[Hank is mad at Earl]
Hank: You got something in your teeth.
Earl: Where, here or here?
[Hank punches Earl]
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References Men in Black (1997) See more »

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You can cut the racial tension with a chainsaw!
14 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved how martin lawrence kept pushing the racial jokes and "oppresion" or whatever you want to call it.

And the looks on Steve Zahns face are PRICELESS!!!

I think it's a good thing when they put racial differences in comedy movies....because if you can't laugh at it, what's the point? Why get uptight about stuff that doesn't matter in life? You can't go around taking every little thing serious....and if you do then i truly feel sorry for you!

Yes I am white and have many black friends that find this kind of comedy extremely funny...i watch these kinds of movies with them on a regular basis! (so don't even say im racist)

Martin lawrence is EXTREMELY funny as usual.....nuff said.

Steve Zahn is one of my FAVORITE un-utilized actors. This guy needs to be in A lot more movies. He's a perfectly honest/good guy in this movie who's trying to hold back his anger the ENTIRE FILM!

You just gotta love the tension between the two in this movie! It's almost just as good as Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2 (bad boys and bad boys 2 are A lot better overall....but tension-wise, martin lawrence and steve zahn are almost PERFECT partners and enemies at the same time)


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