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Bad Boys (1983)

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Following magnetic performances in Taps (1981) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), young actor Sean Penn sealed his reputation as one of his generation's most gifted performers with his gritty star turn in Bad Boys (1983), an entertaining tale of teen hoodlums in juvenile lock-up. Penn plays Mick O'Brien, a Chicago street tough who's planning on ripping off drug dealer Paco Moreno (Esai Morales). When the scam goes bad and his partner Carl (Alan Ruck) is slain, Mick flees from the cops in

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Richard Di Lello

Mar 15, 2000

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

An underrated but excellent near masterpiece...

December 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Mediocre movie with excellent performance by Penn.

December 16, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Gritty prison flick with a fine lead by Penn

June 19, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Sean Penn pretty much explodes in this great (and often overlooked) visit to an ugly juvenile prison.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

strong performances led by Sean Penn in a role that solidified his status as the best young actor of the 1980s

December 2, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Bad Boys

Mick O'Brien: Hey. What are the odds on me now, Perretti? 
Perretti: Three to two... against you. Nothing personal. 

Bad Boys is a solid teenage, juvenile prison drama, that contains two really food performances from Sean Penn and Esai Morales. For Sean Penn, this was his third major role. He had already starred in TAPS in a small role and as the iconic Spicoli in Fast Times At Ridgemont High. His role here as Mick O'Brien; a street tough who lands himself in a Juvenile Prison is the first time we see just how powerful a dramatic actor he was going to become. We got glimpses of it in TAPS, but he didn't have a big role. Here, he's the star and he does shine bright.

The drama revolves around O'Brien and Moreno(Morales). Both are punks who attend the same school. One night while Moreno has a drug deal going down, O'Brien tries to steal everything. His plans backfire and it results in him being in a car chase with the cops. The chase ends with O'Brien hitting Moreno's brother and killing him. Now this is just the setup because soon after, O'Brien and Moreno find themselves in the same prison.

I completely love this movie and it is really overlooked. It's also not widely known or very accessible. Even with how much I love this movie; I'm not going to say it's flawless. The movie contains some pretty awful acting from some of it's supporting actors. It contains a huge editing error and the last fight scene. A camera man is easily visible in front of the crowd of cheering kids. It's music score is really a complete waste and I can't say it's aged too well. 

As a movie that really gives us a really good plot and performance from Sean Penn; it's worth a look. If your a big fan of Penn, like me, you owe it to yourself to watch this. It really does show signs of what he would become. 
July 22, 2011
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Melvin White

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It's the teen drama from hell. You couldn't ask for more of a rough and mature content. Sean Penn gives his best early performance as the sociopath Mick O'Brien. Chalk full of John Hughes favorites, it's sort of interesting to see them play such different characters. I really think the story is revolutionary for it's time and opened the flood gate for better and more sophisticated coming-of-age stories.
March 9, 2010
ythelastman89

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This is a great little Made-for-TV movie starring a young Sean Penn in one of his first performances. You can see why he shot to the top soon after with his impressive performance as a young punk sent to borstal. It's in the same league as England's Scum, but it's an impressive and interesting comparison.
September 21, 2009
SirPant

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This is one of the best teen dramas I've seen. Strong performances by Sean Penn, who shows what a huge talent he is, and Esai Morales.

The film is gritty, raw and works on so many levels. The story moves along on a good pace, avoiding clichés and delivering an unforgettable movie experience.
August 30, 2008
TheMachinist

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    1. Mr. Moreno: You think You're Hip, You're not.
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