Bad boys 1 & 2

Out now / cert 18 / 255 mins

Empire (UK) - - HOME SCREEN - Nick de Semlyen

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.

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