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Bad Boys II

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and action, pervasive language, sexuality and drug content

Reviewed by: Nathan J. Rossin
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Extremely Offensive
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Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Crime Gangster Comedy Action Adventure Thriller
Length:
2 hr. 24 min.
Year of Release:
2003
Copyright, Columbia Pictures

Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jordi Molla, Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare | Directed by: Michael Bay | Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer | Written by: Ron Shelton, Jerry Stahl, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley | Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Copyright, Columbia Pictures
Copyright, Columbia Pictures
Copyright, Columbia Pictures

Narcotics detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) have been assigned to a high-tech task force investigating the flow of designer ecstasy into Miami. This leads them to a conspiracy involving a vicious Kingpin (Molla), whose ambitions have ignited a bloody turf war. Mike and Marcus’ working relationship is threatened when Mike develops feelings for Marcus’ sister Syd (Union), and unless they can separate the personal from the professional, the case and Syd’s life are in danger.



 

They’re back! When Miami becomes the target of a large ecstasy smuggling ring, narcotics detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) are assigned to a new department of the Miami Police Department nicknamed TNT (Tactical Narcotics Team). Lowrey and Burnett once again investigate with their trademark “Shoot first, shoot later, and when everybody’s dead try to ask a question or two” flare. This leads to a violence level that far surpasses the original, including extremely graphic death sequences.

The cinematography in this film is absolutely incredible. From the chase scenes to the closed in gun fights, it is quite obvious that much of the photography and effects have never before been attempted; and they’re pulled of flawlessly here. The over-the-top action sequences never quite get tiring, but can become somewhat predictable as the film progresses.

Unfortunately, there is a great deal of objectionable material. Here is an abridged listing (a full list would consume too much space): countless uses of every cuss word imaginable including several counts of blasphemy, over-the-top violence and gore, at least three slow motion gunshots to a bad guy’s head, corpses fall out of a van during a chase scene and are subsequently run over by the pursuers, a female corpse is shown nude from the chest up, a club scene consisting of numerous scantily clad women dancing eroticly (the camera moves under a woman wearing a skirt), a woman is showing having sex in a car (no nudity), a man is cut into pieces and stuffed into a box (the actual murder is not shown).

Behind all the special effects and excellent photography, there really is not much substance to the plot. There is really no character development in the sequel, Smith and Lawrence really do have a chemistry on screen that is quite hilarious at times. The comedy, however, does not excuse the fact that the creators have crossed a line of gore and language acceptability.

Violence: Extreme Profanity: Extreme Sex/Nudity: Heavy

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Comments below:
Neutral
Neutral—I will first off admit that it is a pretty crazy film. If anyone has seen the first one, they’ll know that the second is sure to have even more profanity, violence, sexuality, than the first. For one thing I assume many of the people that would see Bad Boys II have seen the first, so you have to be expecting some racy things. It’s not for the family and you’re not going to watch if for its moral value even though they tried to squeeze it in there.

It’s one of those action movies that you watch to see guns flaring and car crashes. The main thing is that it’s not very Christian… but you knew that before even watching the movie. If you don’t like that sort of thing… don’t go. Waste of your time. But if you have fun watching those crazy effects and don’t take to heart the offensive stuff, it’s a thriller… you may like it.
My Ratings: [Average / 3]
—Nicole, age n/a
Neutral—Be prepared to be offended when watching Bad Boys. There are a countless number of uses of the f-word. The violence is also very graphic in nature as well as some questionable sexual content. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith do have chemistry in this film and aside from the profane language, parts of Bad Boys are funny. If there is one positive that a Christian can take from the film is that money and drugs are definitely the root of all evil and there is a severe price to pay for living this lifestyle. Overall, as a Christian, I would use extreme discretion when deciding to view this film and it is definitely a no no for children.
My Ratings: [Extremely Offensive / 4]
—Brian, age 28
Neutral—I think aside from the extreme use of language, unnecessary sexual content, and large amount of violence, this movie pulled off some of the best cinematography I’ve ever seen. The fight sequences and chase scenes were phenomenal and Will and Martin truly out did themselves this time. They work incredibly well together on camera and the movie kept you on the edge of your seat until the last second. I think the acting was well done and the technical aspect was very well orchestrated. I would not recommend this movie to anyone under the age of 17. This movie is rated R for a good reason.
My Ratings: [Very Offensive / 5]
—Brian, age 19
Comments from young people
Negative—This movie was filled with pervasive, horrible language, almost every other word was the f-word. Secondly, sexuality took a strong hold, there were even nudity scenes. The movie seemed to blow your mind with lots of violence, and non-stop action scenes. All I could think of was depravity, destruction and killing! This would be a good movie to boycot.
My Ratings: [Extremely Offensive / 1]
—Emily Clark, age 16
Negative—I saw this movie (some of it) when it first came out. I saw the first one so I thought I knew what to expect; violence, bad language and some crude jokes which I can handle to an extent. This movie though had extreme violence with much blood and gore. Also, it had extremely bad language, much more than the first one which is really saying something. The jokes that Martin Lawrence and Will Smith told were also very bad and crude. I left the movie before the end. Do not see this movie if you are under the age of 21, but I don’t recommend it to anyone.
My Ratings: [Very Offensive / 4]
—Bill, age 15
Negative—I didn’t appreciate this move at all. I began watching the movie with a positive note, and as the movie progressed I was shocked. Scene after scene consisted of swearing, scenes involving drugs and alcohol use, misuse of the Lord’s name, making blasphemous jokes about the Lord, and inappropriate jokes about homosexuality, and sex. This movie is not recommended for anyone especially Christians because of the whole content of the movie…
My Ratings: [Extremely Offensive / 3]
—Lori, age 16
Movie Critics
…technically virtuosic actioner gives new meaning to the word overkill, ratcheting up body count and vehicle smash-ups to dizzying heights…
—Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
…isn’t just bad—it’s a catastrophic violation of every aspect of cinema that I as a film critic hold dear. …Think of how many starving children could have been fed with the money that was poured into Michael Bay’s latest sinkhole… singularly unpleasant… exceedingly long… each scene is worse than the one before…
—James Berardinelli, ReelReviews