Bad Boys II

Bad Boys II

Michael Bay (2003)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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 tortuous running time. By the end, you're past caring who kills whom and just want to escape from this smug, sadistic nonsense.


Two mismatched undercover cops set out to halt an underground gang war and bring down a drug lord attempting to flood the market with a deadly form of Ecstasy. However, a romantic interlude threatens to drive the investigation off course. Comedy thriller sequel, starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Jordi Molla and Peter Stormare.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Nudity, drug abuse, edited for some of its language and violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Oct 2003
Drama Comedy