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Bad Boys For Life

by Noe Kamelamela
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020
'Bad Boys for Life'
'Bad Boys for Life'  

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The third "Bad Boys" movie, "Bad Boys For Life," is finally hitting the theaters about when "Bad Boys II" can almost vote and the original "Bad Boys" can finally rent a car. Even the TV show "LA's Finest," a spin-off of "Bad Boys II' with Gabrielle Union as Syd Burnett, is currently airing on Spectrum Originals. As we re-enter the "Bad Boys" Universe, two of Miami-Dade's finest, Will Smith as Mike Lowrey and Martin Lawrence as Marcus Burnett, are chasing the end of their era as hotshot cops and introducing us to the next generation of Bad Boys.

When Mike and Marcus share the screen, there is definitely a hint of the magic captured in the earlier movies, but now their chemistry is tempered by time. A single look or word spoken between the two of them carries the appropriate weight and shorthand of a long-term relationship. As Mike's past comes back to haunt him, it finds him buoyed by his close friendship with Marcus and a new, young team of hotshots lead by Mike's on-again, off-again fling Rita, played by everyone's favorite Miami queen, Paola Nuñez. While the Bad Boys play fast and loose in order to get their man or woman, the next generation of cops struggles to provide backup, cover each other, and ensure that the Bad Boys don't get everyone killed over a fantastic soundtrack.

I don't think this movie was intended to make any groundbreaking political statements, but instead of damsels in distress, we're treated to gorgeous women kicking ass and taking names. I can't blame the absence of Michael Bay alone for the evolution of the franchise. Two things are much truer than when "Bad Boys" first came out: 1. Increased access to hardcore firepower makes it easier to kill cops, and 2. Violence begets violence. By leaning into these two truths, this movie is a lot more self-aware and not exactly what I had expected. "Bad Boys" focused on heroin, and "Bad Boys II" centered on ecstasy. I'm grateful we didn't get a treatise on getting clean, but the fact that "Bad Boys For Life" is trying to reckon with the fallout of police violence and asking if the ends actually justify the means is almost too prescient given the shift towards legalization of, I hope, every substance known to man.

Bad Boys for Life

The wife and son of a Mexican drug lord embark on a vengeful quest to kill all those involved in his trial and imprisonment -- including Miami Detective Mike Lowrey. When Mike gets wounded, he teams up with partner Marcus Burnett and AMMO -- a special tactical squad -- to bring the culprits to justice. But the old-school, wisecracking cops must soon learn to get along with their new elite counterparts if they are to take down the vicious cartel that threatens their lives.


Runtime :: 124 mins
Release Date :: Jan 17, 2020
Language :: Silent
Country :: United States


Mike :: Will Smith
Marcus :: Martin Lawrence
Kelly :: Vanessa Hudgens
Armando Armas :: Jacob Scipio
Dorn :: Alexander Ludwig
Isabel :: Kate del Castillo
Captain Howard :: Joe Pantoliano
Rafe :: Charles Melton
Rita :: Paola Núñez
Zway-Lo :: Nicky Jam
Manny :: DJ Khaled
Megan Burnett :: Bianca Bethune
Julie Weber :: Jennifer Badger
Major Patel Miami PD :: Melissa Kennemore
Jenkins :: Happy Anderson
Terry Taglin :: Massi Furlan
Carver Remy :: Ivo Nandi


Director :: Adil El Arbi
Director :: Bilall Fallah
Screenwriter :: Chris Bremner
Screenwriter :: Peter Craig
Screenwriter :: Joe Carnahan
Producer :: Jerry Bruckheimer
Producer :: Will Smith
Producer :: Doug Belgrad
Executive Producer :: Bill Bannerman
Executive Producer :: James Lassiter
Executive Producer :: Chad Oman
Executive Producer :: Mike Stenson
Executive Producer :: Barry Waldman
Cinematographer :: Robrecht Heyvaert
Film Editor :: Dan Lebental
Film Editor :: Peter McNulty
Original Music :: Lorne Balfe
Production Design :: Jon Billington
Costume Designer :: Dayna Pink
Casting :: Mary Vernieu
Casting :: Lindsay Graham

Noe Kamelamela is a reader who reads everything and a writer who writes
very little.

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