Bad Boys II

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -4

Following the 1996 original actioncomedy, this sequel is as mindless as the first with an even greater disregard for human life. Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) return as two crime-fighting partners with the Miami Police. This time, they are up against the citys drug lord (Jordi Molla) who will kill anyone who stands in his way. The general story begins with a drug bust gone sour that leads Mike and Marcuss superior officer to get livid. A few shootouts later, Marcus discovers that his younger sister, Syd (Gabrielle Union), works for the DEA, posing as a drug-money launderer. While hes going crazy trying to protect her, Mike is falling in love with her. After many explosions, shootouts and car crashes, which appear in nearly every scene, the drug lord escapes and takes Syd hostage to Cuba. Mike and Marcus attempt to rescue her on their own because the Miami police department cannot pursue criminals outside the U.S.

The main characters show some affection for their family, and some of the film focuses on the need to control anger and take responsibility for ones own emotions. But Bad Boys II might more fittingly be named Bad Language II. It averages more than two objectionable words a minute, a claim that few films can make. Most of the humor centers on sexual innuendos. In the few nonaction sequences, Mike and Marcus talk about their libidos. This film reaches the lowest levels of debauchery with scenes involving human corpses being mutilated, smashed, driven over, broken and cut in to pieces, and sexual attention being paid to a females dead body. One of the stars gets high on drugs, and young rich people are shown enjoying the effects of the drug ecstasy. The film contains some provocative, scantily clad women in nightclubs. Murdering gang members appear to believe in Jesus Christ. With all of the violence, bad language and abundance of other negatives, Bad Boys II earns Previews lowest acceptability rating.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher
Columbia Pictures

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 (68) mild 21, severe 47.

Obscene Language: many (257) F-word 149, S-word 108.

Profanity: many (25) exclamatory (G 11, GD 5, other 7), regular (JC 2).

Violence: many severe (cars crashing, boats exploding, people being shot in slow motion, houses exploding, cars exploding, man cut into pieces and stuffed into a barrel with chunks of human flesh hanging out, people executed, man stuffed into a trunk, man kicked in the head by police officer, people beat by police officers, hand-to-hand fighting, woman shoots man in face, man smashed into pillar by car, people run over, cars crashing into other cars, deaths, human blood in puddles).

Sex: twice (man and woman appear to be having sex in an office, rats having sex like humans).

Nudity: several (dead bodies, particularly a female with large breasts shown many times).

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: many (rats having sex, human sexuality being compared to dogs, nightclub setting looks like an orgy, women fondling each other, man touching womans breasts, men talking about their sexual encounters, man said to be sleeping with his psychiatrist, many sexual jokes).

Drugs: several (alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use).

Other: adults speaking obscenely in front of underage children, African-Americans called the N-word, drug gang appears to have weird religion involving the worship of Jesus Christ, Ku Klux Klan involvement.

Running Time: 143 minutes.
Intended Audience: adults.There are no Viewer Views of this film.

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