Bad boys 1 & 2
Out now / cert 18 / 255 mins
conventional wisdom has it that a buddy-cop movie should feature one wild card and one straight man. Michael Bay’s Bad Boys shoots that conventional wisdom in the head, then dumps the body out of a speeding Ferrari. Starring Martin Lawrence as Marcus (sexually frustrated, quippy) and Will Smith as Mike (fucks everything, quippy), Bay’s debut feature has as its Macguffin a $100 million heap of Mafia narcotics, which is apt, because the film plays out like a feature-length rail of cocaine. the two LAPD dynamos speed through a Miami where the sky is perpetually tangerine, making cute with call girls and waving their SIG Sauers in the faces of ponytailed goons. It’s the hyperactive, nogoodnik son of Beverly Hills Cop, and a full-gloss blast. I’m less fond of Bad Boys 2, despite its show-stopping freeway chase: full of crude comic licks, relentlessly long yet even more ADD, it’s a less effective high that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.