Film / Bad Boys
"We ride together, we die together. Bad boys for life."

"Shit just got real."

Bad Boys is a 1995 action comedy film, directed by Michael Bay, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, producers of Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop, and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The film also spawned a 2003 sequel, Bad Boys II, which in turn spawned a video game adaptation, Bad Boys: Miami Takedown.

Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Smith) are best friends and detectives in the narcotics division of the Miami-Dade Police Department. They have just completed the biggest bust of their career, having confiscated about 100 million dollars worth of heroin. Which would have probably earned them an award or two...if the heroin wasn't immediately stolen from a supposedly secure police vault. Now the two partners have some investigation to do, while the Internal Affairs Office is threatening to shut down their entire division and Howard, their chief, is getting desperate for a breakthrough. Their main suspect is Fouchet (Tcheky Karyo), a French drug-lord active in their area. Their only lead to him is Julie Mott (Tea Leoni) who recently witnessed her best friend get killed on his orders.

The movies contain examples of:

  • Armed Altruism: Syd's rescue in Bad Boys 2.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: At the end of the confrontation with the convenience store clerk.
    Mike: Now back up, put the gun down, and get me a pack of Tropical Fruit Bubblicious.
    Marcus: And some Skittles.
  • Ax-Crazy: Fouchet, the villain in the first movie. His plan seemed to involve killing everything he came into contact with.
    • Johnny Tapia in the sequel. His idea of conducting a business deal is to have one member of the negotiating party chopped up in his mother's kitchen and stuffed into a tortilla bin. It's his idea of "leverage". If that does not work, he'll gun for their families.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: The opening of Bad Boys 2.
  • Bad Boss: The first movie has Fouchet, who never had pity for anyone and orchestrated several murders pretty unnecessary. He masterminds the theft of millions of dollars worth of heroin from a police station evidence lock up. To that end, he has one of his men dress up as a police officer, and then kills him in order to create a distraction. When Eddie, who helped him set the heist up, decides to party with some hookers and a tiny portion of the stash, Fouchet kills Eddie, kills his chemistry team for "fucking with my schedule", and murders his buyer when the police interrupt the deal.
  • Benevolent Boss: They drive him crazy, and he's not afraid to say so, but Captain Howard always has Marcus and Mike's back.
  • Big Little Man: A hacker is helping the heroes and gets into an argument with one of them. When he stands up to start shouting, it's revealed that he's much taller than "the short one" who's arguing with him.
  • Black and Nerdy: The convict who hacks into databases for the duo. Complete with Urkel glasses. By the sequel he's apparently been released and is either a civilian or got hired by the police.
  • Bullet Time: Occurs in 2 during the opening shootout with The Klan which ends with Marcus getting Shot in the Ass.
  • Butt Monkey: Marcus, who is not pleased of being the one getting the short end of the stick. Lampshaded right at the beginning of the first movie.
    Marcus: Why do I always get the big thick muthafuckas?
  • The Cameo: Dan Marino in the second movie; the boys steal the Caddy he was test driving and later remark that "he should definitely get this car — well, not this one, I'm gonna fuck this one up, but one just like it".
  • Car Fu: Attempted by the bad guys in the second movie's freeway chase, by means of sending cars off a commandeered car carrier at Mike and Marcus' vehicle.
    Mike: These dudes are off the chain!
  • Chase Scene: It's not a Michael Bay movie without one. It's also not a Michael Bay movie if something doesn't get trashed. Like a boat or a whole slum, for instance.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: More so in the sequel than the first.
    • In a specific scene in the first film, Mike gets into one about why he's not just a "rich kid playing cop".
      Mike: "Fuck you, and fuck them, and fuck everybody that's got a problem with Mike Lowrey!"
      Marcus: "I love you, man."
      Mike: "Fuck you, Marcus!"
  • Coffin Contraband: The villain in the second film is smuggling money and Ecstasy in coffins, along with bodies.
  • Cold Open: Both movies have a scene before the title.
  • Compensating for Something: Marcus calls Mike's Porsche "Just a shiny dick with two chairs".
  • Cool Car:
    • In the original, Mike Lowrey's 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 (less than 1,000 were made) and the AC Cobra 427 driven by Fouchet in the finale car chase.
    • In the sequel, Lowrey's Ferrari 575M Maranello (Michael Bay's own 550 Maranello was used in the freeway chase sequence) and a 2003 Buick Blackhawk concept.
  • Continuity Nod: "Now that's how you 'sposed to drive/shoot! From now on, that's how you drive/shoot!"
    • The aforementioned computer hacker, who shows up as a convict in the first film and a police consultant/employee in the second.
  • Cowboy Cop:
    • Lampshaded by their boss, Capt. Howard in a hilarious scene in the sequel:
      I can't believe you guys. Do you get up in the morning, call each other up - "Good morning, Marcus." "Good morning, Mike." "How you doin'?" "A'ight." "So, how are we going to fuck up the captain's life today?" "Gee, I don't know, I don't know... Ooh, look! Over there. Let's kill three fat people and leave them on the street?"
    • Captain Howard in the first movie has a similar line:
      "Ho! What did I say? Did you hear what I said? I heard what I said 'cause I was standing here when I said it! I told you. I told you to secure a witness. Not to shoot up a neighbourhood! Not to do another dead body! Just get the dope back and do it quietly."
    • Also mocked in the first movie when after revealing his plan to catch the bad guy towards the end of the film, Mike exclaims: "My shit always works sometimes!"
  • Creator Cameo: Before they take Marino's car, Marcus attempts to commandeer a crappy hatchback driven by Michael Bay himself.
  • Cup Holders: Marcus complains about Mike's Porsche not having any, which really gets Mike's goat.
  • Da Chief: Captain Howard.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Julie.
    "Gee, Julie, what have you been up to the last couple days? Nothing. Just hanging out, handcuffed to steering wheels."
    • Capt. Howard, during one of his calmer moments. Which is rare.
      "What is your job description?" (points at the two protagonists) "Yeah, you two. What is your job description? T.N.T. - Tactical Narcotics team. Keyword - tactical. It means 'finesse and subtlety in achieving the goal.' Tell me, gentlemen, what was subtle about your work today?" (said while next to a screen with an exploding car from the shootout Mike and Marcus were just in.)
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Exploited. Some carjackers send a hot girl to distract Mike and Marcus, after which they use their distraction to approach Mike's car and hold them at gunpoint.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The discussion between Mike and Marcus in the sequel about the aftermath of Mike shooting Marcus in the butt immediately turns into one big gay joke.
  • The Dragon: Roberto in the second film (until he outlived his usefulness), and then Carlos.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Marcus' fro.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Mike and Marcus fighting in their very first scene, and then using that fight to get the drop on some would-be robbers.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Johnny Tapia to his mama and daughter.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Any bad guy who appears in each movie has the tendencies to do this - most notably Johnny Tapia.
  • Exiled to the Couch: Marcus in the first movie.
  • False False Alarm: In the third act of Bad Boys 2, the heroes toss dozens of cats and lizards into the bad guys' bungalo, until they decide turn off the alarms.
  • Fat and Skinny: In Bad Boys I, the two carjackers and Fouchet's two dragons.
  • Flashed-Badge Hijack: Parodied in the sequel, where an attempt to commandeer a rundown car leads Marcus to get yelled at and told to commandeer a better car. See also The Cameo.
  • French Jerk: Fouchet again.
  • Funny Background Event: While Mike is flirting with a stripper, Marcus is getting his ass kicked in the bathroom(visible by an aquarium that quickly gets smashed).
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Tactical Narcotics Team in 2.
  • Guns Akimbo: Mike Lowrey.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Fouchet, the villain of the first movie. Never does one of his scenes go by without him getting pissed about something.
    • Johnny Tapia basically has two personality modes; seething anger and Unstoppable Rage. Meanwhile, Marcus and Captain Howard attend anger management classes, and it still doesn't keep them from yelling at the top of their lungs whenever something goes wrong.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Johnny Tapia, after receiving a headshot delivered by Marcus, drops himself on a minefield.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Prevalent in the sequel.
    Mike: We ride together. We die together. Bad Boys for life.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...
  • Innocent Innuendo: See Does This Remind You of Anything?.
    • In the first movie, Marcus did not pick the right time to call home to check on his wife and Mike, sparking his jealousy-driven actions in the next scene.
  • Interrogation by Vandalism: In the sequel, Marcus and Mike get the location of the Haitian gang's hideout by doing this to Icepick's shop.
  • Intoxication Ensues: While searching the mortuary for evidence, Marcus accidentally ingests two hits of ecstasy. Right before going to Captain Howard's house to get a warrant to go after Tapia.
    • Played for laughs at first, but later Howard has to call experts in order to figure out what to do to keep Marcus's brain from frying. Turns out, a cold shower works wonders.
  • Kill It with Fire: Both of The Dragons in the first film die this way.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Fouchet. There's absolutely nothing funny about him, and every time he appears, the film dramatically loses its comedic beats.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Mike is really excited when he meets Dan Marino.
  • The Klan: Mike and Marcus shoot it out with a chapter of the Klan in 2's first major shootout.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Mike, who is a renowned playboy, for Marcus' sister. Which causes problems when Marcus finds out about their relationship and that Mike had been keeping it from him.
  • Land Mine Goes "Click!": The ending of the sequel.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Marcus suffers a bout of this in 2 after getting Shot in the Ass. He only gets better after accidentally ingesting two hits of X (see above).
    Marcus: (when he notes he's finally gotten an erection) "Tell the wife I am on the way."
  • Misplaced-Names Poster: The poster for 2.
  • Moe Greene Special: Mike gives one to an unfortunate gangbanger that tries to peek through a bullet hole.
  • Mood Whiplash: Max's friend calls the PD crying about Max's murder, and will only speak to Mike. At which point, Captain Howard and Marcus get into an argument about how to impersonate Mike to keep her on the line.
  • Mugging the Monster: The two carjackers at the beginning of the first movie had the bad luck of choosing to jack one with Mike and Marcus inside:
    Mike: Let me tell you how bad a day you're having: right now you're jacking a couple of cops.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Marcus does not approve of Mike dating Sydney, though it's less to do Sydney being his sister and more to do with Mike's well-earned reputation.
  • Never Going Back to Prison: During the much discussed Twerp Sweating scene from the second movie, Mike pretends to be a Just Got Out of Jail ex-con who declares that he's not going back to jail.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Mike chose to become a cop despite being born into wealth. This became a Discussed Trope when Marcus mentioned everyone thought Mike was "a rich kid playing cop".
    "What, I'm supposed to apologize for my family leaving me money? All I ever wanted to be was a cop! I go out there and take it to the max everyday! I'm the first guy through the door and I'm always the last one to leave the crime scene! So you know what? Fuck you, and fuck them, and fuck everybody that's got a problem with Mike Lowrey!"
  • No Warrant? No Problem!: Lowrey and Burnett are discussing that there appears to be no one home at the house of a suspect, and Mike leans in and opens the door, saying out loud "I tripped, and the door just opened. It's like they wanted us to come in."
  • Oh, Crap!: After realizing their post-"shot-in-the-ass" conversation in the tech store was being transmitted on a TV in the main lobby.
  • Only in Miami: The heroes are a couple of cowboy cops working for the Miami PD.
  • Orbital Shot:
    • In the original, after Mike saves Marcus from being hit by the taxi during Julie's kidnapping.
    • In Bad Boys II:
      "Shit just got real."
  • Plausible Deniability: A bunch of Cowboy Cops, SWAT and DEA agents are about to sneak into Cuba to hit the home of a drug dealer who kidnapped one of the cops' sister. The CIA has been wanting an excuse to take him down, so naturally they give them a few nudges in the right direction. That's not a Black Op, it's Family Business!
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Marcus in the first movie: "You forgot your boarding pass!"
  • Product Placement: The Cadillac in the second movie, coincidentally the same one used in The Matrix Reloaded, which co-stars Will Smith's wife, Jada.
  • Rare Guns: In the original, Fouchet attempts to pull out a four-barrel COP .357 Derringer, which is no longer in production.
  • Rasputinian Death: Fouchet's fat henchman in the first film. He gets shot in the chest by Lowrey with a shotgun, falls backwards into a high voltage transformer which electrocutes him, and the resulting sparks ignite the jet fuel at his feet, setting him on fire.
  • Reading Your Rights: Marcus rattles these off during a car chase. The villain, of course, is in the other car.
    Marcus: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you do will be held against you in a court of law.
    Mike: What are you doing?
    Marcus: (determined) Getting it out of the way!
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Okay, so apparently our Bad Boys happen to have a friend, who happens to have a brother, who happens to be a commander in an anti-Castro militia named Alpha 66, who happen to have enough guns and bombs to assault a fortified mansion in Cuba. In fact, there really is an Alpha 66, and they really have stocked up enough firepower to launch a big hit-and-run in Cuba, as they're storing up for an eventual invasion.
  • Rule of Three: In the second movie. Three "Oh, shit"s in 12 seconds in the scene where the duo visits Captain Howard's house.
  • Ruthless Foreign Gangsters: The very French Fouchet and the Cuban Johnny Tapia.
  • Sassy Black Woman: As if the electronics store incident wasn't awkward enough...
    Indignant Mother: In front of my babies, you've got porno and homo shows up in here? What kind of freak-ass store is this?! (Mike and Marcus walk by) Mmm... and YOU two motherfuckers need Jesus. (beat) Cover your ears, baby.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In Bad Boys II, Marcus' sister is kidnapped by the drug lord and taken to Cuba. Mike and Marcus intend to go rescue her themselves, but are then aided by a loose-knit group of law enforcement agents who decide to risk violating international law.
    DEA Agent Snell: We don't know you, but you look like you're about to do something stupid. I'm in.
    • Which the CIA gets wind about and decides to make into an impromptu Black Op with a little discreet assistance.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The first movie's poster has Will Smith pointing a gun toward the viewer. In the poster for the second movie, it's Martin Lawrence who's taking aim.
  • She's Got Legs: Julie. Her entire wardrobe consists of short skirts that highlights this.
  • Shot in the Ass: Yeah. Marcus gets shot in the ass during 2's opening shootout, leading to a series of awkward and badly worded moments later on.
  • Storming the Castle: In the sequel, Mike and Marcus (along with DEA, CIA and law enforcement agents) storm Tapia's villa in Cuba to rescue Marcus' sister before the local government catches them.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: It wouldn't be a Michael Bay movie without at least a few gratuitous explosions.
  • Suicide by Cop: Fouchet tries to goad Mike into doing this for him, but he only gets killed after he tries to pull a gun on Marcus.
  • Sword over Head
  • Take Five:
    Marcus: Mike. Go downstairs and have a Coke and a smile.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Lampshaded in-universe:
    Store Clerk: [pointing a gun at Mike and Marcus] I blow you! And I blow you!
    Marcus: "Blow me?" What the fuck? Naw, naw.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!:
    • "Hey, freeze, bitch!"
    • "You freeze, bitch."
  • Those Two Guys: The two Hispanic detectives Sanchez and Ruiz in the first movie, then Vargas and Reyes in the second.
  • Time for Plan B: in Bad Boys II, this involves driving a Humvee through a house.
    Mike: Plan B did not have this big-ass gun in it!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Both of the main characters in the second film, especially Mike.
  • Twerp Sweating: And how. Probably the best example ever in film history occurs in the sequel when Megan's date arrives.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Discussed in-universe for humor. On Captain Howard and Captain Sinclair having yet another argument:
    Mike: They should just bone and get that shit over with.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment
  • Villainous Breakdown: Johnny Tapia has one in the sequel when the team led by Marcus and Mike blow his mansion up.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mike and Marcus. A lot of their dynamic is the contrast between high strung family man Marcus and smooth ladies' man Mike.
  • Vomiting Cop: Marcus in both movies.
  • With Friends Like These...: Mainly the first movie, which begins with the duo bitching at each other. They never really stop.
  • You Are Not Alone: See Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! above.
    Mike: We ride together, we die together. Bad boys for life.

Alternative Title(s): Bad Boys 2, Bad Boys II