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National Security (2003)

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

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

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,813,517, 19 January 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,764,982, 2 March 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,670,324, 7 November 2003
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The second movie where Steve Zahn plays an incarcerated character. He did so before in Joy Ride (2001). See more »

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When Earl is driving the LAPD car at the Police Academy; just before he jumps out of the moving car to arrest his training officer, the police car has a working red and blue light-bar. Once Earl handcuffs his Instructor, you can see the car he jumped out of rolling into a set of billboards and gas barrels- and has a bare roof with no light-bar. See more »

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Earl: This isn't the first time I was arrested for DWB.
Detective Frank McDuff: DWB?
Earl: Driving While Black.
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References Jerry Springer (1991) See more »

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Painfully Unfunny
17 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

National Security is a terrible comedy and one of the worst movies of the year. Earl and Hank have only one thing in common: they're both L.A.P.D. rejects. Hank just got kicked out, and Earl can't even get accepted in. After confronting each other on opposite sides of the law during a traffic stop that escalates way out of control, these two luckless individuals end up in partnership as security guards. Despite being damned to the lowest line of the law enforcement, Earl and Hank uncover a smuggling operation led by Nash and a his thugs. The plot sounds alright and it does have potential to be funny. Funny it wasn't though as this is one of the worst comedies I have ever seen. The reason this film is so bad is because of Martin Lawrence. Besides for a few films, Martin Lawrence has a terrible film record. He continues to get cast since some people find him funny. While he may deliver a funny line here or there, he usually goes over the top. His racism is so annoying and getting tired and he pretty much kills this film from succeeding. Steve Zahn plays his Hank and his talents are wasted. Dennis Dugan directs and he has made some pretty good films in the past including Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore. He does a terrible job this time around and hopefully he can rebound with his next film. National Security is such a poorly written comedy and it seemed like the writers weren't trying at all to be funny. The movie has nothing new to offer just the same tried gags as usual. The story turns out to be pretty dumb as well and not funny. The films running time is a brief 88 minutes. Even though, it drags at a lot of scenes and seems a lot longer. In the end, this film is defiantly worth skipping as well as most of Martin Lawrence's movies. Rating 3/10 avoid this "comedy" at all costs.


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