Cast: Will Smith as Mike Lowry, Martin Lawrence as Marcus Burnett, Tea Leoni as Julie Mott
Synopsis: Two narcotic detectives chase after missing drugs in this comedy-thriller.
Will Smith. Martin Lawrence. Miami, 1990s and Michael Bay. What do all of those things have in common? They’re all featured in the movie “Bad Boys” of course. The cop buddy genre was booming in the 1980s and 1990s. And “Bad Boys” was just one of many movies in that genre. It’s fun, funny (mostly) and entertaining, starting two of the top comedy stars of the 1990s, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. This is also the movie that launched Michael Bay’s career.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence play complete opposites, of course. Smith plays the cool, calm, womanizing rich guy Mike Lowery. Lawrence plays the far less charismatic, stressed-out , family man Marcus Burnett. Despite their huge differences, they’re best friends and partners on the job. Both Smith and Lawrence deliver good performances in their roles. They are very funny in the movie, but the jokes eventually grow old. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen until later in the film. They were believable, both separately and together. As comedians and action stars. They’re a hoot to watch. Tea Leoni played the damsel-in-distress. She was splendid in her part, but kinda underused. She proved to be quite tough and vulnerable at the same time. I wished they did more with the character. Tchevy Karyo played the main villain Bouchet. He was one terrifying bad guy. A bit overdone, but still very good.
Michael Bay directed “Bad Boys” and its sequel. He made a movie filled with fast cars, high-speed chases, action and explosions. I do enjoy those things, but I wish there a bit more substance. Apparently, this was his directorial debut. You can hardly tell. “Bad Boys” had the look of a movie directed by a long-time action movie director. And that’s what Bay is now. It looked amazing!
This is one those crazy, entertaining, leave-your-brain-at-the-front door movies. It’s fast, fun and filled with action. Rent or buy today on Google Play, Amazon or Netflix. I’d give it a 6.5 out of 10.