Bad Boys

1982

Bad Boys

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Sean Penn stars in Bad Boys (gee, isn't that a bit redundant?) He plays an incorrigible teen-aged gang member who is thrown into prison with several of his fellow unregenerates. Unlike Mr. Penn's real-life jail terms, this one is of significant enough duration to allow Penn to become Leader of the Block. His leadership is challenged when an old enemy, arrested after raping Penn's girl (Ally Sheedy), ends up in the same cell. Extremely violent, Bad Boys manages to remain compelling--and disturbing--despite its 123 minute length.

Cast

Sean Penn
as Mick O'Brien
Reni Santoni
as Ramon Herrera
Jim Moody
as Gene Daniels
Eric Gurry
as Horowitz
Ally Sheedy
as J.C. Walenski
John Zenda
as Wagner
Alan Ruck
as Carl Brennan
Lawrence Mah
as Ricky Lee
Ray Ramirez
as Mr. Moreno
James Donald
as Black Gang Leader
Jane Alderman
as Woman Victim
Robin Coleman
as Squad Car Cop
David Barrett
as Mess Hall Supervisor #2
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Critic Reviews for Bad Boys

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (2)

  • Director Rick Rosenthal does a topnotch job of bringing to life the seedy, hopeless environment of a jail for juvenile offenders and has gotten some terribly convincing performances from his young cast, notably topliner Sean Penn.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • An oxygenated, thoughtful alternative to the usual run of gangs-in-the-slammer movies.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Owen

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • "Bad Boys" misses its chance at greatness, but it's saying something that this movie had a chance. I have a notion it will stand as one of those bench-mark movies that we'll look back at for the talent it introduced.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It eventually becomes nothing but ugly and sustains that quality to the bitter end.

    Aug 30, 2004
  • A searing and gut-wrenching film, Bad Boys is to the 1980s what The Blackboard Jungle was to the 1950s.

    Mar 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An underrated but excellent near masterpiece...

    Dec 5, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bad Boys

  • Feb 14, 2014
    The original Bad Boys from 1983, not to be confused with the similarly named film starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, is the story of inner-city violence and street gangs and the devastation that comes with them. The story focuses on a couple different kids both of whom are rebellious in nature and have no regard for authority or life. Sean Penn stars as Mick O'Brien and Esai Morales as the drug dealer Paco Moreno who is intimately tied to Mick in a devastating consequence of their lives and company they keep. During a drug deal gone wrong, several of the boys surrounding the two are killed or wounded and Paco's kid brother is accidentally run over by Mick as he tries to get away in a car. Mick is put in a juvenile lock-up where he goes from being the new guy who is harassed and mocked daily to the leader of the facility. Shortly after Mick climbs up the ranks at the facility, angering several others he climbs over one way or another, it's Paco who is the new guy at the juvenile facility. While free he stalks and eventually rapes Mick's girlfriend out of revenge against Mick, but is caught in the act by the police and locked up as well. With Paco locked up with Mick and his vengeance brimming he befriends others who Mick has stood up to in the past and the inevitable fight between the two reaches a climatic end. Bad Boys is a good film, it's message and characters tell a poignant story that resonates to this day but ultimately it falls short of perfection. The film follows the life and goings of the two teenagers and has a strong opening half but falters when it eventually transforms into a good versus bad battle between the two. The performances are good and Penn shines in his realistic portrayal of the troubled teenage Mick but the rest of the script loses focus and is sold short because of it. Still there is a lot of good here and a tough watch but one that remains a heavy-handed look into the criminal world of gangs and drug dealers as well as those children that are affected and brought into this dark and violent world.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2012
    The best and probably the only good part about this teen prison film is Sean Penn's performance. Everything else needs some work. The production value was low even for these types of films. The direction could have been better. The writing was okay. There where no one liners that stood out for me. The film was to fast paced. The film just hits you right away with a shooting that wan't even directed right. I did enjoy the fight scene at the end. I was routing for Sean Penn. But ending was a bit predictable. I take that back, it was really predictable. If your a teen looking for some good fun then watch this.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2011
    A great film following the life of a kid in Juvy. Overall: 8.8/10
    Professor W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2011
    entertaining suspense
    Ed K Super Reviewer

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