Bad Boys is an endlessly entertaining buddy-cop, action movie that helped launch the careers of stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence and was actually Michael Bay's first directorial feature! The premise is actually quite strong: a woman witnesses a murder and will only trust the protection of Smith's character, Mike Lowrey, the problem is that he isn't available and they have to pass off Lawrence's character, Markus, as Mike to keep her safe. We then get a murder investigation plot as-well-as a mistaken identity film and the two genres mesh amazingly well. The film's biggest strength is the hilarious chemistry/banter between Smith and Lawrence and you totally buy that they have each other's backs as both partners and boyhood friends. Another highlight is Joe Pantoliano as the obligatory, angry police captain who spews comedy gold every other line and you can practically see the veins waiting to burst on his forehead. Now, being a Michael Bay film, the action scenes are overblown, full of slow-mo, and feature far too many explosions, but this is a far-more restrained effort than what he's doing today and it's remarkably restrained in comparison. As for negatives, they stretch the mistaken identity story a bit too thin for my liking and the villain isn't all that memorable, but overall it's a highly enjoyable popcorn film with lots of cool action and some very funny chemistry between the stars.