Bad Boys

Year: 1995
Director: Michael Bay
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer/Don Simpson
Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Tea Leoni, Tcheky Karyo, Joe Pantoliano, Theresa Randle
It was the sequel to this brainless action thriller which reminded me that Michael Bay is actually a pretty good director as long as he stays away from the sort of clag that gave him a bad name, like Armageddon and Pearl Harbor.

It wasn't terribly original; a mixture of the classic Odd Couple mythos laid over the Beverly Hills Cops legacy (fast talking cops as quick to draw their guns as come up with a cool and funny quip), and in fact, being ten years old as I write this review, I can't even remember the details of the plot - except that it involves the hero twosome busting some criminal ring or other with plenty of cartoonish violence and humour.

Bad Boys II did the sequel justice because it was more of the same; good action, some laughs, well executed direction. It was of course a typical Bruckheimer pyrotechnic showcase, but no worse than the others and far better than the sort of US flag waving crap he's churned out so far in the 21st century.

Also the film that introduced Tea Leoni to the world.

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