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Bad boys - Michael Bay, Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Téa Leoni

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Whatcha gonna do?

Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) is a happily married family man. Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies' man. Both are Miami narcotics cops who have 72 hours to reclaim a large amount of heroin that was stolen from their police station. In order to get the assistance of the sole witness, Julie Mott (Téa Leoni), they have to pretend to be each other. When Mike can't be found, Marcus must pretend to be him to fool their only witness into co-operating with them. When Mike is found he has no choice but to go along and pretend to be Marcus. The situation is getting even worse when Marcus' wife and the witness Julie realise what's going on. Julie is angry at Mike and Marcus for what they did so she runs away and gets kidnapped by the bad guys who want her dead. Marcus and Mike now have an even bigger problem than before, they must reclaim the drugs and do everything they can to save their witness.

Persons of interest

  • Martin Lawrence .... Marcus Burnett
  • Will Smith .... Mike Lowrey
  • Téa Leoni .... Julie Mott
  • Tchéky Karyo .... Fouchet
  • Joe Pantoliano .... Captain Howard
  • Theresa Randle .... Theresa Burnett
  • Marg Helgenberger .... Alison Sinclair
  • Nestor Serrano .... Detective Sanchez
  • Julio Oscar Mechoso .... Detective Ruiz
  • Michael Imperioli .... Jojo
  • George Gallo .... Storywriter
  • Michael Barrie .... Screenwriter
  • Jim Mulholland .... Screenwriter
  • Doug Richardson .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Bay .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Two smart aleck African-American police investigators with different personalities team up to save the freaky Friday and can only do so by trading places.

Bad boys is all you'd expect from a cop film that's headlined by Martin and Will. Action, wisecracks, shooting, bleeding, cussing, egos. The action is good, the wisecracks are funny, the shooting is exciting, the bleeding is nyucky, the cussing is mother-fucking good and the egos are well fed - You da man! Where the flick falls down is by trying to add romance between Mike and Julie. This is an action film, folks, no-one cares if anyone falls in love, as long as they shoot someone. Just ask James Bond.

Meanwhile, if you want to switch your brain off and bask in the glow of your own subnormality, Bad boys is the prefect flick with which to do it.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby digital 5.1
  • Disc: single side, dual layer
  • Languages: English, French, German
  • Picture disc
  • Picture: Widescreen (16:9 enhanced)
  • Special Features:
    • Commentary: Michael Bay
    • Documentary: Putting the boom and bang in "Bad boys" (24 minutes)
    • Featurette: Multi-angle special effects
    • Isolated soundtrack
    • Music videos: 3
    • Photo gallery
    • Talent profiles
    • Trailer
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

114 minutes (1:54 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 14 February 2001

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