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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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They only look like cops. 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 arguing over which road to take while driving the driving school car they push on opposite directions on the two steering wheels causing them to go straight. In reality the passenger wheel has an override and the car would have gone to the right. See more »


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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Harmless fun
5 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie, some people take offence to it some people don't, i just see it as harmless fun, and it pokes fun at the racism of today. Martin Lawrence was great, very funny, but if your not the sort of person who can have a laugh and have a silly side then you'll find him a put off, truthfully people need to lighten up. Steve Zahn was also great playing your typical 'cop' moustache and all, he has some great moments and Lawrence and him build a great on screen team during the film. I pity all the people who say Lawrence is racist, I don't take offence and at the end of the day he is an actor acting, and a good funny one at that. So if you want to have a fun night, laugh at stupidness and enjoy a film then check this out, you'll only hate it if your a stiff. 8/10.

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