Bad Boys II Review
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It’s been eight years since Will Smith and Martin Lawrence teamed up to make the movie Bad Boys—and I’ve been a fan of the movie ever since my ex-boyfriend’s roommate made me watch it repeatedly after it first came out on video. It’s got plenty of action, plenty of comedy, and a little mystery thrown in. What a great movie! So I was ecstatic when I heard that a sequel was in the works. I couldn’t wait to see it.

In the sequel, Detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) are still working together, trying to keep the drugs out of Miami. This time, they’re trying to figure out who’s smuggling loads of ecstasy out of Amsterdam—though they’re pretty sure it has something to do with suspicious mortuary owner Johnny Tapia (Jordi Molla), who’s somehow managed to slip through the Miami PD’s fingers time and time again.

Meanwhile, everyone seems to be keeping secrets. Marcus hasn’t told Mike that he’s already signed the transfer papers—so he can find a less dangerous job with a less dangerous partner. Mike hasn’t told Marcus about his recent trip to New York, when he started seeing Marcus’s sister, Syd (Gabrielle Union). And Syd hasn’t told either of them that her trip to Miami isn’t a vacation—she’s working undercover for the DEA, tracking down the same guys that Mike and Marcus are trying to catch.

Bad Boys II definitely didn’t leave out much. It didn’t leave out the humor. In fact, my personal favorite part of the movie is when Mike and Marcus interrogate Marcus’s daughter’s date. And it definitely didn’t leave out any action. The guns are out, the cars are smashing, and the bodies are flying through much of the movie. In fact, there could have been less action—after two and a half hours of car chases and gun fights, more car chases and gun fights just aren’t that exciting anymore. The only thing that Bad Boys II lacks is plot. Sure, there’s a story—and a rather unique concept at that—but the story definitely took a backseat to everything else. There’s a ton of explosions and dead bodies, lots of laughs, and not a lot of story.

Smith and Lawrence still did a great job—they definitely work well together. But, as is often the case with sequels, Bad Boys II just didn’t come together as perfectly as the original.

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