‘Bad Boys for Life’ Review: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Long-Awaited Sequel Delivers the Goods
Published on Jan 15, 2020
What defines a “Bad Boys” movie? It’s been 17 years since the last sequel came out, but some of the key elements are still easy to pin down: You need Will Smith as flashy Detective Sergeant Michael “Mike” Lowery, and Martin Lawrence as his slightly more sedate platonic life partner Detective Sergeant Marcus Burnett. You need Miami in all of its hyper-saturated splendor — nuclear orange skies, bikinis on the boardwalk, and a bass so thick that it seems to bounce the entire city. And you need an unfiltered mega-dose of whatever mutant testosterone has been oozing out of Michael Bay’s every pore since he first hit puberty. We’re talking all three of the big Gs: guns, gangsters, and gay panic. Maybe also some horny rats.
After that, things get a little hazy; “Bad Boys” once represented a watershed moment for black actors in the blockbuster era, but cops,
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Author: David Ehrlich