Bad Boys II

  • 15
  • Michael Bay (2003)
  • US
  • 140 min
Bad Boys II
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Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

If the 1995 original brought A-list status for Will Smith and director Michael Bay, then this excruciatingly overlong and overindulgent Miami-based sequel should have dropped them down the Hollywood alphabet. On a superficial level - the only one the film exists on - this reteaming of bickering cops Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) delivers high-energy, high-gloss action and brutal bloodshed on a formidable scale. Yet Bay's trademark swirling cameras and fast-cut assembly are racked up to near nauseating levels, punctuated by juvenile, wafer-thin interplay between the stars (a surprise given a co-writer's credit for the usually snappy Ron Shelton). Add a hollow romantic subplot with Gabrielle Union and the banal premise of taking down a Cuban drugs lord, and this extends to a truly torturous running time. By the end, you're past caring who kills whom and just want to escape from this smug, sadistic nonsense.

Plot Summary

Action comedy thriller starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith as motormouth Miami cops Burnett and Lowrey, who are assigned to bring down a drugs lord and stop the flow of ecstasy into the city. But the operation and the officers' friendship are compromised by Lowrey's relationship with a female agent - who also happens to be Burnett's sister.

Cast and crew


Det Marcus Burnett
Martin Lawrence
Det Mike Lowrey
Will Smith
Hector Juan Carlos "Johnny" Tapia
Jordi Mollà
Sydney "Syd" Burnett
Gabrielle Union
Peter Stormare
Theresa Burnett
Theresa Randle
Captain Howard
Joe Pantoliano
Floyd Poteet
Michael Shannon
Jon Seda
TNT leader
Henry Rollins


Michael Bay

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Nudity, drug abuse, edited for some of its language and violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 3 Oct 2003
Certificate 15