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Bad Boys

Bad Boys
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence

Rated: R for violence, obscenities and sexual references.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 7, 1995 Released by: Columbia Pictures

Two inept cops, played by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, take on equally bungling drug dealers in this slam-bang, comedy shoot-em-up.

The film begins with a team of drug dealers breaking into a Miami police station in a slick, but often confusing, fact-paced theft. They make off with a bin full of heroin being held in the evidence room, and the police captain puts Mike Lowry (Smith) and his partner, Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) in charge of retrieving the drugs and busting the bad guys.

The script is an excuse for explosions, car chases and bickering to a soundtrack of loud rap music.

Smith and Lawrence are capable and musing actors but the plot is lame. After a promising beginning, the film disintegrates into one unrealistic situation after another. They put their witness into constant danger, they shoot up public places and even when they're shot at, they have time to exchange insults.

The action scenes are well done and will please thrill-seekers but, this film is in desperate need of a story line.

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