Bad Boys II (2003)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

USA, 2003.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Story by , , , Screenplay by Ron Shelton, , based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Everything that was good about the original has been overdone to death in this extremely long sequel, an action film that just doesn’t know when to quit. Miami cops Will Smith and  are back, this time investigating another drug lord (Spanish actor  playing Cuban in the same year that Spanish actor Javier Bardem played a Cuban drug lord in Collateral) who is trafficking ecstasy into the city. Their troublemaking ways of enforcing the law sets off a war between bad guys, creating a mess that only they in their loose cannon style could possibly clean up.

There is plenty of car chasing, gun violence and mouthing off, plus a weak romantic subplot that has Smith hooking up with Martin Lawrence’s undercover federal agent sister (). The sheen is gone from the first adventure, partly because it doesn’t come up with anything that wasn’t already done the first time, and mostly because, at two and a half hours, it’s a ridiculous waste of time for something with such limited entertainment value. Lawrence and Smith still enjoy their terrific chemistry, but the replacement of Tea Leoni with Union kills much of the magic.


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