National Security (2003)



Critic Consensus: The action in National Security is mindless, while the humor says nothing insightful about racial issues.

Movie Info

Earl and Hank have only one thing in common: they're both L.A.P.D. rejects. One just got kicked out of the force--the other can't even get in. After confronting each other on opposite sides of the law, during a traffic stop that escalates out of control, these two luckless individuals end up partnered as lowly security guards. Despite being damned to the lowest rung of the law enforcement ladder, Earl and Hank uncover a sophisticated smuggling operation led by Nash and his band of thugs. When … More

Rating: PG-13 (for violence, language and some sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Ronn, Jay Scherick
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 27, 2003
Box Office: $35.8M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


as Earl Montgomery

as Hank Rafferty

as Det. Frank McDuff

as Lt. Washington

as Charlie Reed

as Denise

as Robert Barton

as Woman in Car

as Billy Narthax

as Owen Fergus

as Booking Clerk

as Hank's Lawyer

as Stanton

as Cop at Impound Yard

as Cop at Impound Yard

as Bailiff

as LAPD Cop

as Detective at Interro...

as Security Guard

as Sarcastic Cop

as Sarcastic Cop

as Latino Convict

as McDuff's Secretary

as Trucker Woman

as Woman at Impound Yar...

as Woman at Impound Yar...

as Guard in Solitary

as Himself

as Student Driver

as Driving Instructor

as Detective

as Obnoxious Guy

as Councilwoman

as Training Cop

as Training Facility Of...

as Training Facility Of...

as Jaguar Lady

as Carjacker

as Training Facility Of...

as Latino Convict

as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for National Security

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (32)

It's too bad Martin already made What's the Worst That Could Happen? The title really fits this one.

January 31, 2003
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

As the two cop manqués overcome their dearth of common sense to save the day, the film achieves a comic playfulness.

Full Review… | January 21, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

Despite some tasty contributions from Lawrence and Zahn, too much of National Security has the bland flavor of microwaved leftovers.

Full Review… | January 20, 2003
Top Critic

Indistinguishable dumb action comedy.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

If... Martin Lawrence and Adam Sandler [were] in the same movie, it might... create an anti-comedy field so strong that both their careers would be sucked into the vortex...

Full Review… | January 4, 2004

A patently offensive, racist and repulsive waste of celluloid, an affront to blacks, whites and human beings in general.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Audience Reviews for National Security


Richard C

Super Reviewer


Complete crap, this movie wasn't even funny one bit!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


a hot black chick would never date Steve Zahn

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

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