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Bad Boys for Life (2020)

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The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life.


Adil El Arbi (as Adil), Bilall Fallah (as Bilall)


Chris Bremner (screenplay), Peter Craig (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Will Smith ... Detective Mike Lowrey
Vanessa Hudgens ... Kelly
Alexander Ludwig ... Dorn
Martin Lawrence ... Detective Marcus Burnett
Paola Nuñez ... Rita
Michael Bay ... Wedding MC
Kate del Castillo ... Isabel Aretas
Joe Pantoliano ... Captain Howard
Charles Melton ... Rafe
Jacob Scipio ... Armando Armas
Emily Towles ... Hot Miami Model
Bianca Bethune ... Megan Burnett
Jennifer Badger ... Dr. Julie Weber
Melissa Kennemore ... Major Patel Miami PD
Happy Anderson ... Jenkins


Marcus and Mike have to confront new issues (career changes and midlife crises), as they join the newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami police department to take down the ruthless Armando Armas, the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel.

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Ride Together. Die Together.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, sexual references and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Boys 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,504,105, 19 January 2020

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Mike Lowrey called Ammo a 'High School Musical' boy band with guns. Vanessa Hudgens who's in the movie appears in the High School Musical films as Gabriella Montez. See more »


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Detective Mike Lowrey: I've never trusted anybody but you. I'm asking you, man. Bad Boys, one last time?
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How to make Good Bad Boys - Subtract Michael Bay
19 January 2020 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

I don't think that the original Bad Boys is a great movie (or a particularly good one) but it WAS lightening in a bottle and the correct mix of talents at the right time. It kickstarted the career Michael Bay and turned Will Smith from a TV star into a movie star. It took an unusual amount of time for the sequel to arrive and by the time summer 2003 came around we were treated/subjected to Michael Bay at his absolute worst with full creative autonomy. Bad Boys II is one of the most utterly repugnant films I have ever seen and I once thought that it killed the series forever. In the nearly seventeen years since its release there has been lots of talk about a Bad Boys III but with the once high-flying, then stalling career of Will Smith and the non-star power of Martin Lawrence there was never a right moment.

Thankfully, the long wait meant that Michael Bay was off the project. Instead Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are calling the shots and new writers are involved, and it's far, far superior to either of the previous movies with some truly shocking moments that will have you holding your breath. What a happy surprise.

Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowry are now in their 50s and feeling the toll that their lifestyle has taken on their bodies, though Mike is in denial about it. They know that they are nearing the end of their careers and partnership but are finding transitioning into the next phase of their lives difficult. Meanwhile, a maniacal villainess down in Mexico is planning a series of revenge executions with Mike Lowry as the final target into backstory before the events of first movie and ties them all together.

The bad guys in the first two movies were just cardboard cut-outs with little-to-zero motivation while Marcus and Mike themselves had rather poor character development, relying too much on the ad-libbed chemistry between the stars and the perceived idea of childish "cool" that they were supposed to exhibit. Bad Boys for Life delivers so much, much more than that. Not only is the directing more mature and restrained but the writing is far superior, giving everyone depth, meaningful dialogue, and some really involving conflict and character development.

This movie is "Bad Grown-Ups". Michael Bay makes movies for angry teenage boys, but Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have superseded him and delivered the absolute best in the series so far. You could call it a million times better than Bad Boys II but a million times nothing is still nothing, though it's better than that. I went in with expectations lower than minus infinity and was quite surprised and taken aback. Lorne Balfe even brings back Mark Mancina's original themes, which Trevor Rabin unwisely ditched for the second movie.

I'd like to see Bad Boys for Life be the success that it deserves. Will Smith's career has been a trainwreck for a long time now, and with the recent bomb of Gemini Man still haunting him it would restore his credibility if Bad Boys for Life did bigger business than Bad Boys II. The theatre I went to was packed for an afternoon showing, so it's looking promising. They've made a silk purse out of a pig's ear and in the process they have, by accident, bigged-up the first two movies. Michael Bay does make a cameo as a wedding announcer, but that's the limit of his involvement, and everyone is better off for it.

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