Bad Boys


Bad Boys

Critics Consensus

Bad Boys stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have enjoyable chemistry; unfortunately, director Michael Bay too often drowns it out with set pieces and explosions in place of an actual story.



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Former video director Michael Bay had his first big hit with this action comedy, which also returned producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson to the big-budget, high-violence movies that they successfully churned out in the '80s. Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are two Miami cops who watch as 100 million dollars in heroin, from the biggest drug bust of their careers, is stolen out of the basement of police headquarters. This puts them hot on the trail of French drug lord Fouchet (Tchéky Karyo), who leaves a trail of bodies in his wake and only one witness, Julie Mott (Téa Leoni), who quickly teams up with our heroes. Comic hijinks ensue when plot complications force Mike to impersonate the married Marcus, to the point of moving in with his wife and children, while Marcus takes over Mike's bachelor pad and lifestyle. Car chases, snappy one-liners, and nonstop pacing fuel this umpteenth variation on the cop "buddy" formula. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

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Martin Lawrence
as Marcus Burnett
Will Smith
as Mike Lowrey
Téa Leoni
as Julie Mott
Tcheky Karyo
as Fouchet
Theresa Randle
as Theresa Burnett
Marg Helgenberger
as Alison Sinclair
Nestor Serrano
as Det. Sanchez
Saviero Guerra
as Chet the Doorman
Saverio Guerra
as Chet The Doorman
Anna Levine
as Francine
Joe Pantoliano
as Capt. Howard
Emmanuel Xuereb
as Eddie Dominguez
Karen Alexander
as Max Logan
Marc Macaulay
as Noah Trafficante
Lisa Boyle
as Girl Decoy
Vic Manni
as Ferguson
Will Knickerbocker
as Officer Bill O'Fee
Tiffany Samuels
as Megan Burnett
Cory Hodges
as James Burnett
Scott Cumberbatch
as Quincy Barnett
Joey Romano
as Detective
Sam Ayers
as Detective
Fawn Reed
as Woman at Boxing Gym
Heather Davis
as Lois Fields
Juan Cejas
as Ether Van Driver
Ed Amatrudo
as Ether Van Boss
Jimmy Franzo
as Club Bartender
Tony Bolano
as Drunk Guy at Urinal
Shaun Toub
as Store Clerk
Stan Miller
as News Anchor
Dug Jones
as Man #1
John Salley
as 'Fletcher'
Mark Dana
as Police Technician
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Critic Reviews for Bad Boys

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (16)

Audience Reviews for Bad Boys

  • Nov 28, 2017
    Fans of a pre-Terminator Bay are gonna love it, and I can see where it succeeds, but personally Bad Boys makes me kinda uncomfortable.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    This film has one of the better opening scenes of any action film. The banter back and forth between Smith and Lawrence is priceless not only at the beginning but throughout the whole film. Michael Bay loves to saturate his action films with comedy and having real comedians deliver the punchlines actually works, however, compared to forcing others to try it out like in Transformers or Armageddon. The action is great in this one as well as the script. Entertaining film all around.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    "Bad Boys" does get a lot of positive and negative reviews but frankly is quite entertaining to watch. The plot to "Bad Boys" is that a group of gang members break into the police department and steal confiscated heroin. Two hilarious people are asked to assist in the case "Marcus Burnette" portrayed by "Martin Lawrence" and "Mike Lowrey" portrayed by "Will Smith". Later on a woman "Julie Mott" portrayed by "Téa Leoni" witnesses a gang murdering a woman and a male and is taken into protective custody. The movie opens with a comedic scene showing how "Burnette" and "Lowrey" are police officers. The scene is humorous and somewhat unnecessary. Throughout the movie it shows "Lowrey" and "Burnette" taking care of "Julie" whilst some scenes are humorous, "Julie Mott's" character doesn't have much of a purpose to the plot. The movie climax is thrilling and has an excellent antagonist death. Speaking of which the antagonist in the movie "Fouchet" portrayed by "Tcheky Karyo" has little scenes in the movie, and doesn't feel like an antagonist at all. Both "Will Smith" and "Martin Lawrence" are talented actors/comedians and do a terrific job in the movie and almost turn the film into a comedy. The best part of the movie is the cinematography "Amir Rokri" does a splendid job at creating beautiful scenes. The film score in the movie is okay; occasionally the music doesn't fit in well with some scenes. If you are a person who enjoys action/crime/comedy's then I recommend you watch "Bad Boys" as it has amazing acting, gorgeous film shots and humorous scenes. Although the movie isn't perfect it has some issues these being the occasional music being in the wrong place, the lack of a strong antagonist or powerful and some annoying and useless characters. I give "Bad Boys" a 7/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2013
    Will Smith and Martin Lawrence partner up and it's hysterical as it is action-oriented. Michael Bay's Bad Boys is directed in a somewhat-decent way that is also well-scripted in thanks to Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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