Bad Boys II

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Bad Boys II
Bad boys two.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Bay
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Screenplay by
Story by
Based on Characters
by George Gallo
Music by Trevor Rabin
Cinematography Amir Mokri
Edited by
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18)
Running time
147 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $130 million[2]
Box office $273.3 million[2]

Bad Boys II is a 2003 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. A sequel to the 1995 film Bad Boys and the second installment in the Bad Boys series, the film follows detectives Burnett and Lowrey investigating the flow of ecstasy into Miami. Despite receiving generally negative reviews, the film was a box office success, grossing $270 million worldwide.[2]


Eight years after the events of the first film, Miami Police Department (MPD) narcotics division detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey are investigating the flow of ecstasy into the city, leading them to a Ku Klux Klan meeting and drug drop. The subsequent raid is botched, and in the firefight Mike accidentally shoots Marcus in the buttocks. The Klan members are not the distributors the MPD sought.

Marcus questions if he wants to remain partners with Mike. Meanwhile, Mike is concealing a relationship with Marcus' sister, Syd. Syd, unbeknownst to both Mike and Marcus, is an undercover operative with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), laundering money for Russian gangsters, who distribute ecstasy on behalf of Cuban drug lord Johnny Tapia.

While transporting money between the Russians and Tapia, Syd is attacked by a Haitian gang trying to steal the money. Mike and Marcus inadvertently stumble into the action, and an intense firefight and car chase ensues, devastating the local area and enraging Police Captain Conrad Howard. Marcus and Mike discover Syd's involvement, and Capt. Howard demands they find the supplier of ecstasy.

Marcus and Mike confront the Haitian gang, killing several, and learn from the leader that a local mortuary is possibly being used by Tapia as a front for money laundering. The pair penetrate Tapia's mansion disguised as pest exterminators, and discover that Tapia has eliminated some of his Russian distributors and has begun to court Syd, still undercover with the DEA, for distribution.

The detectives locate the boat used for drug smuggling after forcing an arrested Klan member to its location, observe a morgue van make a rendezvous with it, and give chase unsuccessfully. Mike and Marcus infiltrate Tapia's mortuary disguised as ambulance workers, and learn that he is using dead bodies to smuggle drugs and money. When the pair are almost discovered, Marcus accidentally ingests some of the ecstasy and Mike orders the disguised officers outside the building to crash an ambulance into it, creating a diversion.

The mortuary and Tapia's mansion are raided, the drugs and money intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard. However, during the raid a vengeful Russian gangster, Alexei, violently storms the mansion on his own, intending to avenge his murdered friends. Alexei is shot by the police, while Tapia discovers Syd, kidnapping her and taking her to Cuba.

With Syd held prisoner in Tapia's compound and guarded by the Cuban military, the drug lord demands the return of his money in exchange for Syd's life. Mike and Marcus, with a team of volunteers from S.W.A.T. and the DEA, assault Tapia's compound, rescuing Syd, and destroying the building.

The group flee, an infuriated Tapia in pursuit, which ends in a minefield outside U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, where Tapia holds Mike at gunpoint, with guards at the naval station threatening them. Syd distracts Tapia by killing one of his men and Marcus shoots Tapia, whose body falls onto a mine and explodes.

Later, at the Burnett house, Marcus finally makes peace with Mike dating Syd, and the pair re-affirm their partnership.



Critical response[edit]

The film received negative reviews for its excessive and graphic violence, long running time, misogynistic depiction of women, and bloated plot.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 23% approval rating, based on 179 reviews, with an average rating of 4.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Two and a half hours of explosions and witless banter".[3]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film one out of a possible four stars, especially offended by one scene involving a teenage boy and the use of the word nigga, saying, "The needless cruelty of this scene took me out of the movie and into the minds of its makers. What were they thinking? Have they so lost touch with human nature that they think audiences will like this scene?"[4] On an episode of At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper, film critic Richard Roeper named Bad Boys II the worst film of 2003.

James Berardinelli of ReelViews was even more negative about the film, rating it half a star out of four and stating: "Bad Boys II isn't just bad - it's a catastrophic violation of every aspect of cinema that I as a film critic hold dear."[5]

Among the more positive reviews was Seattle Post-Intelligencer critic Ellen A. Kim, who wrote that the film was "mindlessly fun... If you like this type of movie, that is." The film was also praised by a few critics and viewers for its deftly handled action sequences and visual effects.[6]

Box office[edit]

The film was a financial success. It made $138,608,444 in North America and $134,731,112 in other territories, totaling $273,339,556 worldwide — almost twice the gross of the original film.[2]


At the 2004 MTV Movie Awards, the film was nominated for "Best Action Sequence" for the inter-coastal freeway pursuit and "Best On-Screen Team", but lost to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and 50 First Dates, respectively.

Bad Boys II was nominated at the 2nd Annual Visual Effects Society Awards (VES) for "Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture".[7]

In other media[edit]


Video game[edit]

A video game version of the film, known as Bad Boys: Miami Takedown in North America, was released in 2004 on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube and Windows. Originally planned for release in late 2003 (to tie in with the film's DVD release), the game was pushed back several months. The game failed to deliver any sort of sales or critical acclaim due to poor development; it was given low ratings from many game websites.[8]

Cancelled sequels[edit]

In June 2008, 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.[9] By August 2009, Columbia Pictures had hired Peter Craig to write the script for Bad Boys III.[10] In February 2011, Martin Lawrence reiterated that the film was in development.[11] In June 2014, Bruckheimer announced that screenwriter David Guggenheim was working on the storyline for the sequel.[12] Two months later, Lawrence said a script had been written and parts had been cast.[13] By June 2015, director Joe Carnahan was in early talks to write and possibly direct the film.[14] Two months later, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that Bad Boys III would be released on February 17, 2017, and that additional sequel, Bad Boys IV, is scheduled for release on July 3, 2019.[15] On March 5, 2016, the film was pushed to June 2, 2017.[16] Producers planned to begin production in early 2017.[17] 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.[18] Lawrence revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that filming may start in March 2017.[19] On February 6, 2017, it was announced that the film's release date has been delayed for the third time, to November 9, 2018.[20] On March 7, 2017, Carnahan left the movie due to scheduling conflicts.[21] In August 2017, Sony removed the third film from their release schedule and later in the month Lawrence said the film wouldn't be happening.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BAD BOYS II (15)". British Board of Film Classification. July 28, 2003. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bad Boys II (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bad Boys II (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (July 18, 2003). "Bad Boys II Review". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ Berardinelli, James. "Bad Boys II". ReelViews. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ Kim, Ellen A. (July 17, 2003). "Plot, schmot. 'Bad Boys II' is an unabashed guilty pleasure". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "2nd Annual VES Awards". 
  8. ^ "Bad Boys: Miami Takedown". Metacritic. Archived from the original on April 11, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived February 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "'Bad Boys 3′ In Development". August 31, 2009. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  11. ^ [2] Archived April 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2014-06-18). "Jerry Bruckheimer trying to get Michael Bay back for Bad Boys 3". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  13. ^ Martin Lawrence (2014-08-14). "Martin Lawrence Announces "Bad Boys 3" @". Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  14. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. "Joe Carnahan Circles 'Bad Boys 3' for Sony". 
  15. ^ "Sony Pictures Dates 16 Films Through 2019!". August 5, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  16. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 4, 2016). "Sony Flush With 2017 Franchises With 'The Dark Tower', 'Bad Boys 3', Barbie & Maybe 'MIB23' Slotted". 
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  18. ^ Robinson, Will (August 11, 2016). "Bad Boys 3 titled Bad Boys For Life, set for January 2018". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  19. ^ Comicbook, Joe (October 7, 2016). "Martin Lawrence Says Bad Boys 3 May Start Filming In March". Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Sony Pictures 2018 Schedule Shifts Hotel Transylvania, Bad Boys, Goosebumps and More". February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Director Joe Carnahan Exits 'Bad Boys 3' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Sony Dates 'Silver And Black', 'Sicario 2'; Moves 'Holmes And Watson', 'Bad Boys 3' Unset & More". August 11, 2017. 

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