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Bad Boys (1995)

April. 07,1995
| Action Comedy Thriller Crime

Marcus Burnett is a henpecked family man. Mike Lowry is a footloose and fancy free ladies' man. Both Miami policemen, they have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other.


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Bad Boys (1995) is the best Michael Bay's buddy action movie, my all time favorite buddy cop film starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. This is a film that I really do believe that it is a classic action movie of the 90's. This is my childhood movie my all time classic action buddy cop films honestly? I think it is MILES way better action movie than Lethal Weapon and Beverly Hills Cop, but that is just me and my opinion. I love this film to death it is my all time favorite Michael Bay film along with The Rock (1996), Transformers and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I saw this movie probably over 10.0000 times more than the sequel, my mom bought me a VHS tape which I still have it. I bought this movie on Blu-Ray years ago and no I don't have (Mastered in 4K) I have a normal Blu-ray disc. The only thing that bothers me is a green cover which does not fit to this film. This is my all time favorite Will Smith movie I grew up watching his TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990 - 1996) and Bad Boys become my favorite Will Smith film along side Bad Boys II and Independence Day, these are my all time favorite Will Smith movies that he did. Someday I am going to re watch Men In Black trilogy.Plot: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are Miami Police Department detectives who find themselves protecting a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin from a dangerous drug lord.The basically plot for this movie is about a 100 million dollars Heroin is stolen from the police headquarters. Two police officers have 72 hours to reclaim the heroin before the Internal Affairs Division gets involved and close their department forever and everyone on the force will lose their job. Their is a lot on stake and only one witness is ready to identify a drug dealer in return to get a justice for her murdered best friend.Why I love this film: This movie has practical everything has ton's of action, great dialogues, a few comedy scenes and a great babes including great theme scores by Mark Mancina. The chemistry between the lead is well written and I love the story off the two unlikely heroes who protect innocent people. It's filled with non-stop action. Michael Bay did a great job, it has awesome action with gory gun fights, fast car chases, massive explosions, but is still funny with Will and Martin.This is a prototypical "good" action movie -- intense, perfectly executed, original action, shown to the tune of a forgettable and occasionally insulting story.The final shoot-out in the airport hanger is one of my favorite action scenes from Michael Bay and it's all beautifully shot.Téa Leoni is hot, gorgeous and sexy as Julie Mott a murder witness she is so charming and beautiful heart in this movie.This film is dark and sometimes is really scary when the moment like Will Smith is attacked in pimp's dark house and thrown out of the window.Mark Mancina gives his second best score (after Speed) which also is very similar in tone. You can tell it's from the same guy. It's got a great theme tune, screeching electric guitars and some funky hip hop beats too.Tchéky Karyo almost steals the movie as the villain Fouchet; he just oozes menace and when he's on screen there is a constant threat of impending violence. Tchéky played another bad guy villain in Jet Li's Kiss of the Dragon (2001), so i saw him twice as a bad guy.The heroes in this movie are two Police Officers Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) who are well written and they are very likable. My favorite character is Mike Lowrey. I love the switch identities that was really hilarious and funny, I laughed my ass off on Martin's character.There's no shaky cam or CGI here but real explosions, Hard-R fight scenes and some nice one-liners.I love Bad Boys song on the end of the title credits performed by Inner Circle.Of course, this wouldn't be an action movie without some action. There's plenty of it, and it's perfectly done. The gunplay in this movie is delivered in a perfect Bay-Lawrence-Smith style (as opposed to the slo-mo John Woo-style) -- you'll see a lot of hand guns and heavy automatic weapons, and you'll see them used well. Hard explosions and an awesome bad ass car chase on the end of the movie! The film is violent, and bloody, but ALL of the mean-spirited violence is dealt by the evil characters, not the ones you root for (Quentin Tarantino fans: sorry). And then the truly amazing scenes that bypass acting are shocking and memorable -- just wait for the bad guy (Tchéky Karyo) been shoot to death by Will Smith on the end sequence.Splitting the difference, I am giving an 10/10 -- an outstanding score.Bad Boys is a 1995 American buddy cop action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith as two narcotic Miami detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey. The first in the Bad Boys franchise, the film was followed by a sequel, Bad Boys II (2003).10/10 Score: Bad Ass Seal Of Approval Studio: Columbia Pictures Starring: Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Tchéky Karyo, Theresa Randle, Joe Pantoliano, Frank John Hughes, Nestor Serrano, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Kim Coates, Marg Helgenberger Director: Michael Bay Producers: Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer Screenplay: Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Doug Richardson Story by George Gallo Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 59 Mins. Budget: $19.000.000 Box Office: $141,407,024


Hilariously enjoyable as any black comedy and full of fast paced action, "Bad Boys," as a 'slick flick,' stars Martin Lawrence as Marcus Burnett and Will Smith as Mike Lowrey playing two cops who fall on to the trail of millions of dollars of Heroin stolen by a criminal mastermind named Fouchet (Tcheky Karyo) and try to recover it as well as rescue Julie Mott (Tea Leoni) who is also involved. Personal matters appear to Marcus Burnett who is obsessed with getting "quality time" with his wife Theresa (Theresa Randle) and almost loses his marriage when he is forced to switch names and use Mike Lowrey in front of Julie. The comedy works unmistakeably well, however, the only mistakes I find in here are the heavy profanity and the violence used. But I keep saying this to myself, how can you pardon the profanity if it works well with the script? Really many actors would probably have the problem with making the jump from TV to film, especially when their primary job had been comedy, with very little drama and no action, but Will Smith and Martin Lawrence succeed brilliantly. The comedic timing between these two actors is outstanding, and both pull off the dramatic scenes very convincingly, and the action scenes are well played and laid out thanks to the adrenaline charged directing of Michael Bay and the athletic prowess of the actors. Jerry Bruckheimer's skill for picking projects and finding the right people to make them come together seems to never fail, and "Bad Boys" is no exception.Overall rating: 7 out of 10.


In the 1980's and 1990's there have been numerous buddy-cop films that were in the long run very entertaining. Stuff like "48 Hours", Lethal Weapon", "Beverly Hills Cop" and more. Sure they're filled with excitement and intrigue leaving you fulfilled, but over the years, the tiresome formula has also spawned several rip-offs that were quite cheap. In 1995 "Bad Boys" was added to this list of cheap knock-offs with the direction that looks too MTV-like and has recycled plots from those action comedies that I have aforementioned. This movie is flooded with action sequences and the real reason behind that is to hide the fact that the storyline lacks any credibility behind it. The director (Michael Bay) thought the audience are only going to watch this movie to see explosions, bullets, and lots of dead bodies and not care in the least for logic and cohesiveness in the story. The inactive moments serve no purpose as were are left wondering if any of these pieces fit. Sure the pacing is very fast but at times it tends to just spin out of control. I mean if you lose control with the action scenes, you lose the story of the script and "Bad Boys" falls victim in that area. When it came time for brainstorming, the writers (Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland and Doug Richardson) had the simplistic idea (drug heist in Miami located in a police safe) and just have a way to wrap things up (like we know what will happen to the villains). Then we have like always the odd couple pairing of Marcus Bennett (Martin Lawrence) and Michael Lowery (Will Smith) who in spite of their hostility towards one another have mutual respect behind it all and a female witness (Tea Leoni) who's role is quite pivotal even if she messes up here and there at times. Sure there's nothing new to offer here, but it's the only thing about the movie that saves it from being entirely contrived. The poor script has very little thought and it truly brought this movie down quite substantially. In one very nonsensical scene Marcus and Michael are forced to swap identities when they are with the murder witness Julie Mott (Leoni). The comical elements serve no real purpose and it comes to the point of even caring about it at all. In fact sitcoms like "Three's Company" has managed to pull it off much better. I'll say that Lawrence and Smith are a likable duo. There's a great chemistry between the two of them goes beyond the humour factor. It's just that even their dialogue is just rehashed from other movies that executed them far better here. The supporting players are also victims to the formulaic tripe like the witty sidekick, the loyal wife (Theresa Randle), the corrupt criminal mastermind (Tcheky Karyo) and the always angry superior captain (Joe Pantoliano). If there was a positive thing about this movie was it was energetic and had a lot of style. The cinematography by Howard Atherton was very vibrant in colour and detail. The score by Mark Mancini compliments quite nice in terms of the chase scenes and the fights. But even the technical traits couldn't really save this film very much which in the end leaves "Bad Boys" an average film at most with lots of details that could've been handled with more care.

Mopkin TheHopkin

Bad Boys is a film directed by Michael Bay, and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as two buddy cops. The film revolves around a drug heist from the vaults of a police station, and encompasses a related double murder, that needs to be solved by Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence). Fortunately for our buddies, one witness, Julie Mott (played by Tea Leoni) survived and will only assist Lowrey in his investigation, for fear of retribution from the criminal gang responsible for the heist and murders.This is a typical '90's action film, with buddy cop comedy, gun fights and explosions, and incomprehensible "switched identities" confusion. This film is pretty muddled where the plot is concerned, to say the least. The acting is typical Smith/Lawrence. They are funny and the buddy drama is well done, but it is difficult to take the two seriously, as they are often pursuing a punch line over any criminals. The heroes feel invincible, as they drop one liner after one liner during gunfights and car chases. This isn't always a bad thing, but leaves the viewer craving more of that, and less of the muddled Lowrey/Burnett swapping, or the wife who mistakes the switch for a cover-up affair with Leoni's character. Leoni herself was pretty good, but her character had little to do throughout the film, besides being the maguffin of the film.As you can see above, my opinion on Bad Boys is mixed. It's fun, and good for a laugh or two. The action is solid, if clichéd and a bit dated, but this is no complaint. The story, however, is a befuddled mess. The side characters are useless, and Lowrey and Burnett's buddy cop routine is strained during much of the film, due to incomprehensible identity swapping. The film is fun at times, and trying at others. It's worth a watch because it's fun, but for very little else.