Bad Boys

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3 1/2

When several hundred million dollars of cocaine is stolen from the police department's own holding facility, police partners Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Blair Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are put on the case. They have to crack the case without the help of the FBI or others because of the potential embarrassment of the case to the police department. Along the way, they meet up with Julie (Tea Leoni), an uncooperative witness who overhears the criminals' plans to sell the cocaine. Between Mike, Blair and Julie, the three spend more time bantering back and forth than trying to solve the case. Meanwhile one of the thugs, Fouchet (Tcheky Karyo), is tracking down all three of them, trying to kill them. BAD BOYS is full of high-speed chases and volatile fights alternating with sometimes funny dialogue. The impressive special effects in the final scene add to the film's box office appeal.

Being forewarned is forearmed. In an attempt to make this a good movie, the producers have resorted to their stock tricks of violence, sexual innuendo and offensive language. The violence is almost non-stop, beginning with two policemen beating up two car-jackers, violently punching them and hitting them in the groin. When the culprits steal the cocaine, they kill one man and stab another in the neck, and eventually kill anyone who gets in their way, even innocent bystanders. Mike and Blair also resort to violence. Blair smashes the head of an attacker repeatedly against a urinal in the restroom. In the final scene, over ten people are killed by gunfire and explosions at the hands of the two cops. When the leader of the thugs pulls a gun on Mike, Mike shoots him five times. Sexual references include references to homosexuality, and rear female nudity is shown in a dance club. The film has an appalling amount of foul language, including almost 200 obscenities and over 90 crudities. Basically, BAD BOYS is garbage for your mind, so there is no need to spoil yours by going to see it.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (92) times - Mild 42, Moderate 50

Obscene Language: Many (194) times (f-word 92, s-word 90, others 12)

Profanity: Many times - Regular 13 (G-d, G)

Violence: Many times - Severe (at least 15 people killed; most are shot, a few blown up; man stabbed in neck, another shot then electrocuted; two shot at close range with excessive blood; fight scenes include punching and kicking in the groin, smashing a man's head into mirrors and another into a urinal)

Sex: None

Nudity: Several times - Rear female nudity in dance club

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times - references to intercourse, genitals

Drugs: Cocaine use few times

Other: None

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Intended Audience: Young adults

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