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A cheerfully over-the-top action film, Bad Boys is notable chiefly for the rapport between its two stars, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, as two Miami cops on the trail of a drug kingpin as they try to protect a witness (Tea Leoni). Smith is the swinging bachelor and Lawrence the family man, and both must juggle their personal lives as they baby-sit the one chance they have to recover a stolen drug shipment, save their jobs, and take down the drug dealer. While the film is almost always implausible and its story is something seen many times before, director Michael Bay (The Rock) keeps things moving stylishly and at a feverish pace, as Smith and Lawrence prove themselves a terrific comic pairing. Their odd couple banter flies at a faster clip than the bullets and explosions, and becomes the best reason to see this hyperbolic but entertaining action flick. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In Bad Boys, wild card narcotics officers Marcus (Martin Lawrence) and Mike (Will Smith) are in a bind. Their career dope bust has just been robbed from the station, and their only hope of finding it is the witness to a murder. However, circumstances get complicated when the two are forced to switch roles, and family man Marcus has to become swinging bachelor Mike for 72 hours.
The plot of the movie is fairly weak, centering around the drug bust and the cops' efforts to protect the witness, find the dope, and (shock and awe) keep Internal Affairs off their backs. However, the plot is not the reason to see the movie. For the reason, just look to the stars.
The same spirit of banter and hen-pecking that made the Lethal Weapon series so enjoyable is given a fresh coat of paint, and a couple of fresh voices. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence snap, crackle, and explode on screen, whether their shooting the bad guys or just firing pot shots at each other. While Lethal Weapon showed us the friction between a fresh pair of partners, Bad Boys shows us two cops who have been together six years, and know just how to get on each other's nerves.
But even with the snappy humor that Lawrence and Smith bring to the screen, the movie rides on wheels of action. Micheal Bay has become synonymous with action movies, and Bad Boys is the reason why.Read more ›
If you like completely ridiculous movies with plots that are extremely far-fetched, but have lots of crap blowing up, and the sound on your TV is broken, you may enjoy this film, although I'd advise you to rent Armageddon instead.
As far as the Special Edition DVD goes, I actually own it (gift), and it is far from "Special." The features that are on the special edition should have been included on the original edition. Beside a decent special about how they do the action sequences, everything else on the second disc is pretty boring.
In terms of the actual DVD, it was average, but nothing too special. The "talent files" and "production notes" are simply still images of the main cast that lists their resumes. Not very useful, but not bad to have either. The Michael Bay commentary is decent, although it would have been nice to have more than one person on it. Commentaries are more interesting when you have someone else asking questions or bringing up things the director might have forgotten. It would have been nice to include a commentary with one of the lead actors with Bay. The special effects featurette is very short and not that interesting. It's your standard "here's how we made stuff blow up" featurette.
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i enjoyed this movie quite a bit. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith play
two buddy cops who couldn't be more different. Read more
I love this movie. It is funny and action-packed. I just wish two could have copied the same formula. It had too much action. It made me dizzy.Published on June 29 2004 by C. BULLARD
I have never seen this movie so it will get 4 stars need to get my boycott across to show this pointPublished on April 27 2004 by Chris
Matrin Lawrence and Will Smith are 2 of the best comedians/actors alive, and they do NOT shine in this crap. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Simon Tweed
Hard to believe the reviews praising this worthless rag. For me, the jokes arent funny save one or two, the story is incredibly stupid, and unbelievable, the acting is phoned in... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by SGECKO67
The jabbering of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith is very annoying and seems out-sync with the worn-out protect-the-glamorous-witness formula. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004
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