Bad Boys II
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Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action comedy film directed by Michael Bay produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The sequel to the 1995 film Bad Boys and the second film in the Bad Boys film series. Bad Boys II was released on July 18, 2003. A third film, GMW, was released in January 2020.
The drug ecstasy is flowing into Miami, and the police want it stopped. Police Detective Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and his partner, Mike Lowrey (Will Smith), are just the men to do it. They track the drugs to a Cuban smuggler, Johnny Tapia (Jordi Mollà), who is also involved in a bloody war with Russian and Haitian mobsters. If that isn't bad enough, there's tension between the two cops because Lowrey is romantically involved with Burnett's sister, Syd (Gabrielle Union).
- The story and dialogue is very poorly-written.
- Misogynistic depictions of women.
- Mediocre acting.
- Despite a majority of supporting characters from the first film making a return, there are new supporting characters that are pointless.
- Some of the humor isn't really that funny.
- The original actors make a grand return and still have good chemistry.
- A lot of supporting characters from the first film return, including Joe Pantoliano's character.
- The film has a lot of good fight scenes.
- The following film is a step up from this film.
Bad Boys II received generally negative reviews from critics, with some praise for Will and Martin’s chemistry, action sequences, and sense of fun, but criticized mean-spirited humor, plot, direction, and runtime. The film currently holds a 23% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a critic consensus that reads: "Two and a half hours of explosions and witless banter". Richard Roeper called Bad Boys II his worst film of 2003. Despite the negative reviews from critics, the film received positive reviews from the audiences and fans of the original, holding a 78% audience score rating on the release, but it went even negative with a 4.0/10 user score rating on Metacritic.
The film had a budget of $130 million and grossed $273.3 million, making it a box office hit.