BAD BOYS (1995) 

Martin Lawrence
Will Smith
Téa Leoni
Tchéky Karyo
Joe Pantoliano
Theresa Randle
Marg Helgenberger
Nestor Serrano

Michael Bay



Time: 118 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Action/Comedy

SYNOPSIS: Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies' man. Both are Miami policemen, and both 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.

BOTTOM LINE: This poorly plotted yet vividly orchestrated action flick shot first-timers Bay, Lawrence and Smith to the top of the buddy/shoot-em-up heap. There isn't much of a plot, but if you like explosions you won't care. The chemistry between Smith and Lawrence and the near constant barrage of bullets is so distracting and exciting, most viewers won't miss the lack of depth or complexity to the story.

Leoni's tough cookie demeanor shakes up the usual mix, as she plays the only person who can identify the bad guys, who've stolen 100 million dollars of heroin the cops recently impounded. It's the job of Smith and Lawrence to keep her alive while trying to find the villains, led by Karyo. If they don't succeed, internal affairs will shut down their department for good.

Comedy ensues when circumstances force them to trade places, so to speak. The rest of the time they're fighting, shooting and chasing after the bad guys. The action sequences are bigger than life, giving this fairly routine buddy flick real bang for the buck. It has one of the bloodiest and highest body counts I've seen in a long time. It's "Miami Vice" on steroids with a sense of humor. Cinematic heaven for the adrenaline junkie. Fun, but pointless for those who require an intelligent plot.

"You know you drive almost slow enough to drive Miss Daisy."

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