SEPS Review: Bad Boys (1995)

Marcus, I just have one question for ya bro. How the hell you gonna leave my ass at a gun fight to go get the car!

— Mike Lowrey

Bad Boys is probably the only movie of Michael Bay’s that I actually liked a lot. I used to watch a burned copy of the movie when it was on rotation of HBO a couple of years ago. The guys at SEPS were playing this movie numerous times and I would be giddy with excitement watching this movie. I know almost every single line in this movie. Is it the end all, be all of buddy action movies? No, but it’s a helluva ride.

The story centers on a pair of Miami narcotic cops, the sexually frustrated Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and the trust fund playboy, Mike Lowery (Will Smith) who are reeling from a break-in at their precinct. A hundred million dollars worth of heroin is stolen when an ex-cop Eddie Dominguez (Emmanuel Xuereb) lets the bad guy, Fouchet (Tchéky Karyo) to get into the vault. Their boss, Captain Howard (Joe Pantanliano) wants the guys to get the dope back quickly before Alison Sinclair (Marg Helgenberger) would find any excuse to shut the station down.

Eddie becomes greedy when he takes a couple of blocks of the heroin and has a private spending spree. Mike’s friend who happens to be an escort, Max (Karen Alexander) is invited to party with Eddie in his Al Capone suite. She brings her friend, Julie (Téa Leoni) along. They wasn’t the best decision, because Fouchet barges in the suite with guns blazing. Takes down Eddie and Max. Julie manages to escape.

Showing up at the scene, Mike is distraught that his friend was lying under the sheet. He tries to find the person that killed her by himself. When Mike is away from his desk, Julie calls the precinct. She insists to talk to Mike Lowery only, but Marcus is the only one there. The Captain asks Marcus to pretend to be Mike to secure the only surviving witness before Fouchet’s men come knocking on her door.

The rest of the movie is like a comedy of errors when the two cops try to keep up with the charade of the living the each person’s home life in order to keep Julie from blowing town.

I believe this was the first movie I ever saw with two black male leads playing cops instead being criminals. It might have struck a cord with me that two black men could be the good guys for once. Knowing Michael Bay, he loves to have the explosions, women in scantily clad outfits and often ridiculous dialogue. That is his signature with all of his movies. I enjoyed this movie for basic entertainment value. The lines of dialogue are memorable. I could name a dozen of them, but I don’t want to bore you.

Judgment: A likable action movie with equally likable leads.

Rating: ***1/2


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on May 24, 2010, in 1995, Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Running Feature, SEPS Reviews, Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. love the new format Branden. good to have ya back.
    pity you like Bad Boys though

    • I like the new format as well. Sometimes I love the trashy movies like this or Eragon. Just turn off your brain and enjoy it.

  2. Smith is the only redeeming quality of this Michael Bay flick.

  3. It’s Shaft meets La Cage aux Folles, and I think it’s that farcical French connection that keeps this Michael Bay picture in the repsectable zone of watchability. Martin Lawrence practically ruined this movie for me, but Will Smith’s charisma and Joey Pants more than balanced it out.

    • Hmm… that is a poo-poo platter of comparison movies there. Was Lawrence really that terrible? I didn’t notice it.

      • He drained all the momentum out of whatever scene he was in. And that a married cop with (3?) kids couldn’t explain the concept of “undercover” to his wife seemed ridiculous to me. His on screen marriage dynamic seemed to set back race relations back to the Jeffersons… I overstate the matter, but much of the movie thrived on a Three’s Company structure that crossed a number of generations.

  4. I appreciate the analysis Steve gave to this film because I just turned my brain off.

  5. Good post, I can’t say that I agree with everything that was said,
    but very good information overall:)

  6. Hi! Just wanna say I like your posting.
    I think it’s interesting..
    Surely, i will read your next postings.Keep up the good work!!

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