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January 10, 2020

Bad Boys (1995) --- “Whatcha’ Gonna Do?”


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Hello, Movie Buffs!
     Miami narcotics detectives Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), a hen-pecked family man, and Mike Lowry (Will Smith), a foot-loose and fancy-free ladies' man blow a fuse when $100 million worth of confiscated heroin is stolen from station headquarters. Suspecting it was an inside job, the pair have 72 hours to track down the drugs before the narcotics department is shutdown. Their situation becomes even more complicated when unforeseen circumstances force them to pretend to be each other in order to get assistance from a key witness (Tea Leoni) in their investigation.
     Directed by Michael Bay (Transformer films), written by Doug Richardson (Hostage), and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Gemini Man), Bad Boys (1995) is a comedy-action cop film filled to the brim with high-energy action and big explosions. The story is a fun waste of time but it is nowhere near perfect. The action sequences and there are a lot of them, take over most of the film in an attempt to conceal a lackluster story. There are shootouts and chase scenes amongst the palms of Miami beach. The action is not inventive or unique but it is made up of mayhem that is discharged with professionalism from Michael Bay in his directorial debut.
The cast performances are good. Martin Lawrence (Bad Boys For Life) and Will Smith (Gemini Man, Bad Boys For Life) are comedic and talented actors that give first-rate performances ass the lead characters. I can’t think of anyone that could have played these characters with the justice that Smith and Lawrence do. They talk way too much throughout the film but the dialogue in general runs on endlessly throughout a number of scenes. The villain Fouchet is well-played by Tchéky Karyo (The Core, The Patriot) and the beautiful Téa Leoni (Madam Secretary) is perfect as the interesting sole witness, Julie Mott. The rest of the characters are good in their respective roles.
     Overall, Bad Boys (1995) is not the greatest action comedy and the story is lackluster but it is an entertaining wait of time filled with explosive action sequences and high-speed car chases. The cast performances are also good, especially from Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. I recommend that you check out this film and decide for yourself if you enjoy it or not.

Final Vote --- 6 of 10 stars

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