Bad Boys (franchise)

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Bad Boys
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Created byGeorge Gallo
Original workBad Boys
OwnerColumbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Films and television
Television seriesL.A.'s Finest (2019–2020)
Video game(s)Bad Boys: Miami Takedown (2004)

Bad Boys is a series of American buddy cop action comedy films created by George Gallo. It stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as two detectives in the Miami Police Department, Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. Joe Pantoliano and Theresa Randle also appear in all three films. Michael Bay directed the first two films and Adil & Bilall took over directional duties for the third. Gabrielle Union, who starred in the second installment, later starred alongside Jessica Alba in a spin-off television series, L.A.'s Finest.

The series has grossed over $840 million worldwide. The first film received mixed reviews from critics, the second was unfavorably received and the third had a generally positive reception.


Bad Boys (1995)[edit]

Detectives Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett have 72 hours to find $100 million worth of heroin before Internal Affairs shuts them down. Lowery becomes more involved after a friend is murdered by the drug dealers. Matters become complicated when Lowery and Burnett have to switch places to convince a witness of the murder to cooperate.

Principal photography began on June 27 in downtown Miami and wrapped August 31, 1994.

Bad Boys II (2003)[edit]

Mike and Marcus head up a task force investigating the flow of ecstasy into Miami. Their search leads to a dangerous kingpin Johnny Tapia, whose plan to control the city's drug traffic has touched off an underground war. Meanwhile Mike and Syd, Marcus's sister are in a secret relationship.

Bad Boys for Life (2020)[edit]

In June 2008, Michael Bay stated that he may direct Bad Boys III, but that the greatest obstacle to the potential sequel would be the cost, as he and Will Smith demand some of the highest salaries in the film industry.[1] By August 2009, Columbia Pictures had hired Peter Craig to write the script for Bad Boys III.[2] In February 2011, Martin Lawrence reiterated that the film was in development.[3] In June 2014, Jerry Bruckheimer announced that screenwriter David Guggenheim was working on the storyline for the sequel.[4] Two months later, Lawrence said a script had been written and parts had been cast.[5] By June 2015, director Joe Carnahan was in early talks to write and possibly direct the film.[6] Two months later, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that Bad Boys III would be released on February 17, 2017. On March 4, 2016, the film was pushed to June 2, 2017.[7] Producers had planned to begin production in early 2017.[8]

On August 11, 2016, the film was pushed back once again to January 12, 2018, to avoid box office competition with the upcoming DC Comics film Wonder Woman, and retitled Bad Boys for Life.[citation needed] Lawrence revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that filming may start in March 2017.[9] On March 7, 2017, Carnahan left the film due to scheduling conflicts,[10] and in August 2017 Sony removed the film from their release schedule.[11] In August 2017, Lawrence said that he doubted that the film would ever be made.[12] During an appearance on Australian breakfast show Sunrise on January 15, 2018, Will Smith told hosts Samantha Armytage and David Koch that a third film was coming "very soon".[13] On January 30, 2018, it was announced that Sony Pictures were in negotiations with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to direct the upcoming third entry in the Bad Boys franchise titled Bad Boys for Life with a possible production date in August, 2018.[14] Sony is reportedly gearing up for the long-awaited third installment to begin filming in November 2018 and wrap in March 2019.[15][16]

In November 2018, Martin Lawrence officially revealed via Instagram that he and co-star Will Smith would return for a sequel.[17] Joe Pantoliano is also set to reprise his role as Captain Howard.[18] Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig and Charles Melton were announced in the cast on December 20, 2018.[19] Jacob Scipio and Paola Nuñez were announced in the cast on December 21, 2018.[20] Filming began on January 7, 2019.[21][22]

Untitled fourth Bad Boys film (TBA)[edit]

In January 2020, a fourth film entered development, with Chris Bremner serving as screenwriter. Smith and Lawrence will reprise their roles from the previous three movies.[23] As of April 2022, production for the film has been halted due to the incident with Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony and the subsequent investigation.[24] In February 2023, Smith announced that the fourth film was in pre-production.[25] That same month, it was reported by musician/disc jockey Questlove that Smith had to drop out of a planned surprise appearance at the 65th Grammy Awards because filming for the fourth Bad Boys film had started earlier that week.[26]

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s)
Bad Boys April 7, 1995 (1995-04-07) Michael Bay Jim Mulholland, Michael Barrie & Doug Richardson George Gallo Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer
Bad Boys II July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18) Ron Shelton & Jerry Stahl Ron Shelton, Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley Jerry Bruckheimer
Bad Boys for Life January 17, 2020 (2020-01-17) Adil & Bilall Peter Craig, Joe Carnahan & Chris Bremner Peter Craig & Joe Carnahan Will Smith, Doug Belgrad & Jerry Bruckheimer


Series Season Episodes First released Last released Showrunner(s) Network(s)
L.A.'s Finest 1 13 May 13, 2019 June 17, 2019 Brandon Sonnier & Brandon Margolis Charter Spectrum
2 13 September 9, 2020

L.A.'s Finest (2019–2020)[edit]

In October 2017, a spinoff television series centered on Gabrielle Union's character, was announced to be in development by Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier.[27] Later that month NBC ordered the pilot episode of the series.[28] By March 2018, Jessica Alba was cast as the co-star with Gabrielle Union.[29] In addition to Union, John Salley will also reprise his role as Fletcher, a computer hacker who helps Mike and Marcus in the film series.[30][31] The following month, the title of the series was revealed as LA's Finest,[32] with Jerry Bruckheimer serving as executive producer for the series. Later that month, NBC passed on the pilot, and the show was shopped around to other networks.[33] NBC's boss, Bob Greenblatt, said: "These are all tough calls. We did have an embarrassment of riches. And when we laid out the schedule and the calendar all was a show that didn't fit in the grand scheme of it."[34]

That same month, it was revealed that Sony Pictures Television, was negotiating with Charter Communications about picking up the series.[35] By June 2018, Canada's Bell Media picked it up for 13 episodes.[36] Charter gave its series order on June 26, intent on making it Spectrum's first original series.[37] In June 2019, the series was renewed for the second season.

Cast and crew[edit]


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This section includes characters who will appear or have appeared in the franchise.

  • An empty, dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film, or that the character's official presence has not yet been confirmed.
  •  Y indicates a younger version of the character.
Characters Films Television series
Bad Boys Bad Boys II Bad Boys for Life Bad Boys IV L.A.'s Finest
1995 2003 2020 TBA 2019–2020
Detective Sergeant / Lieutenant
Marcus Miles Burnett I
Martin Lawrence Krystian Alexander LyttleY
Detective Sergeant / Lieutenant
Michael Eugene “Mike” Lowrey
Will Smith
Captain Conrad Howard Joe Pantoliano
Theresa Burnett Theresa Randle
Megan Burnett Tiffany Samuels Bianca Bethune
Fletcher John Salley John Salley
James Burnett Cory Hodges Uncredited actors, photographs
Quincy Burnett Scott Cumberbatch
Staff Sergeant Reggie Norman Dennis Greene Jeremy Batiste
Car Driver / Wedding MC Michael Bay
Special Agent / Detective Lieutenant
Sydney "Syd" Burnett
Gabrielle Union Gabrielle Union
Kyrie McalpinY
Armando Armas Lowrey Jacob Scipio
Julie Mott Téa Leoni
Fouchet Tchéky Karyo
Detective Sanchez Nestor Serrano
Captain Alison Sinclair Marg Helgenberger
Hector Juan Carlos "Johnny" Tapia Jordi Mollà
Alexei Peter Stormare
Roberto Jon Seda
Floyd Poteet Michael Shannon
Isabel Aretas Kate del Castillo
Kelly Vanessa Hudgens
Dorn Alexander Ludwig
Rafe Charles Melton
Rita Paola Núñez
Manny the Butcher DJ Khaled
Detective Lieutenant
Dolores "Nancy" McKenna (née Perez)
Jessica Alba
Veronica Diaz CarranzaY
Detective Lieutenant
Benjamin "Ben" Baines
Duane Martin
Detective Lieutenant
Benjamin "Ben" Walker
Zach Gilford
Brayden ScottY
Joseph Burnett-Vaughn Ernie Hudson
Katherine "Kat" Vaughn-Miller Tamala Jones
Bishop Duvall Jake Busey
Isabel "Izzy" McKenna Sophie Reynolds
Dr. Patrick McKenna Ryan McPartlin
Dante Sherman Barry Sloane
Tyler PerezY
Raymond "Ray" Sherman Zach McGowan
Dylan McNamaraY

Additional crew[edit]

Occupation Films
Bad Boys Bad Boys II Bad Boys for Life
1995 2003 2020
Composer Mark Mancina Trevor Rabin Lorne Balfe
Director of photography Howard Atherton Amir Mokri Robrecht Heyvaert
Editor(s) Christian Wagner Roger Barton
Mark Goldblatt
Thomas A. Muldoon
Dan Lebental
Peter McNulty
Production companies Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films 2.0 Entertainment
Overbrook Entertainment
Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date April 7, 1995 (1995-04-07) July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18) January 17, 2020 (2020-01-17)
Running time 119 minutes 147 minutes 124 minutes


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Ref.
North America Other territories Worldwide All time North America All time worldwide
Bad Boys April 7, 1995 $65,807,024 $75,600,000 $141,407,024 #1,110 (#742(A)) #246 (#971(A)) $19-23 million [38][39]
Bad Boys II July 18, 2003 $138,608,444 $134,731,112 $273,339,556 #429 (#168(A)) #551 (#524(A)) $130 million [40]
Bad Boys for Life January 17, 2020 $206,305,244 $220,200,000 $426,505,244 #207 #281 $90 million [41]
Total $410,720,712 $430,531,112 $841,251,824 $239 million
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  • (A) indicates the adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).

Critical and audience response[edit]

Title Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Bad Boys 43% (63 reviews)[42] 41 (24 reviews)[43] A[44]
Bad Boys II 23% (183 reviews)[45] 38 (34 reviews)[46] A[44]
Bad Boys for Life 77% (257 reviews)[47] 59 (46 reviews)[48] A[44]
L.A.'s Finest (season 1–2) 24% (17 reviews)[49] 46 (6 reviews)[50]

Video games[edit]

Bad Boys: Miami Takedown, is a video game released in 2004 based on the sequel Bad Boys II. It was released in early 2004 after the film's DVD and VHS release.


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