Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Bad Boys for Life Movie Review

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (r) star in Bad Boys for Life

Here We Go Again

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life. Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.

Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Núñez, Kate del Castillo, Nicky Jam, and Joe Pantoliano

What's Good: Smith still has (a little) gas left in the tank, but he's the only positive in a movie filled with glaring negatives.

What's Not: Amateurish direction (Michael Bay, we miss you) cheesy visuals, disjointed casting (Vanessa Hudgens?) and recycled everything. Plus one over-the-hill, overweight ex-comedian (guess who?)

Budget: $90 million (Evidently over-the-hill, overweight ex-comedians don't come cheap.)

Runtime: 124 minutes (I was bored after five.)

Target Audience: People who think the opening theme from Cops is still cool (yet alone relevant.)

Bottom Line: I laughed (only) once, but it doesn't take a D-list movie critic to predict this was a bad idea from the start. Bad Boys II was almost 17 years ago, and time hasn't been kind to everyone involved. Hence the January opening, and what should be a (very) short stay atop the weekend box office.

GradeD (Did I mention DJ Khaled is in it? How's that for "happening?")