National Security

2003, Action/Comedy, 1h 28m

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The action in National Security is mindless, while the humor says nothing insightful about racial issues. Read critic reviews

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Earl Montgomery (Martin Lawrence), a bombastic police academy reject, and Hank Rafferty (Steve Zahn), a disgraced, mild-mannered cop, can't seem to escape each other. They met on opposite sides of the law during a routine traffic stop that escalated out of control; now as lowly security guards they're thrown together to bust a smuggling operation.

Cast & Crew

Martin Lawrence
Earl Montgomery
Steve Zahn
Hank Rafferty
Colm Feore
Detective Frank McDuff
Bill Duke
Lieutenant Washington
Matt McCoy
Robert Barton
Cleo King
Woman in Car
Joe Flaherty
Owen Fergus
Guy East
Executive Producer
Nigel Sinclair
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Moritz Borman
Executive Producer
Martin Lawrence
Executive Producer
Oliver Wood
Director of Photography
Larry Fulton
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April Ferry
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  • May 19, 2011
    National Security is a fun action comedy about Hank (Steve Zahn) who is kicked off the LAPD force for beating up Earl (Martin Lawrence). The two then bump into each other as security guards. While Earl is planning to have a little fun with girlfriend Lola(Mari Morrow) Earl hears gunfire and goes to see what's up, and finds that Hank's been assigned to the same factory. Despite being damned to the lowest rung of the law enforcement ladder, Earl and Hank uncover a sophisticated smuggling operation led by a crazed Nash (Eric Roberts) and his band of thugs. When Earl and Hank get their hands on some hot property, they go on the run from, first the bad guys, then the L.A.P.D.--led by Lt. Washington and Detective McDuff. It's now up to these two unlikely partners to save the day. That is, if they don't kill each other first as Lawrence proceeds to annoy his partner to the brink of insanity. They may not break new ground, but it's a fun ride. I thought the funniest part was when Steve Zahn's character was trying to kill the bee but instead it looked like he was beating up Martin Lawrence's character. Nice to see Eric Roberts here even if it was such a small role!
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2010
    Complete crap, this movie wasn't even funny one bit!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2009
    a hot black chick would never date Steve Zahn
    Coxxie M Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2008
    This movie is painfully racist. The writers of this should be ashamed of themselves and the one who approved it for production prisoned. So much for all the efforts at decreasing racism with this film. This wasn't a great comedy but not unbearable.
    Steven V Super Reviewer

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