Fun, dumb action comedy that launched the movie careers of Will Smith & Martin Lawrence and, for better or worse, the career of director Michael Bay. The main appeal of this franchise is the crackling chemistry between Smith & Lawrence, who play off each other wonderfully & display true affection of each other's characters. Their verbal repertoire (most of it improv'd) gives the film most of it's humor, while also displaying then surprising chops as action stars (modern viewers will miss the surprise of casting then two sit-com stars in a violent action movie). Behind the camera, Michael Bay makes a solid debut as a director, delivering some stylish shots & enlivening an otherwise stupid script (Bay admits their are plot holes you can drive a truck threw in the film). However, the ridiculousness does get overbearing at times, but luckily the film is just over 2 hours (something Bay will forget in his later films), so it doesn't wear out your welcome too much. Overall, a fun movie to check your brain at the door while watching.