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"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 film was a box office hit, earning $141,407,024 worldwide. With about 66 million earned in the United States market, it was the 26th most successful film of its year. Critically it was considered a failure, mostly for being rather formulaic. It helped reinvigorate the buddy cop genre.
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.
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.
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".
Creator Cameo: Before they take Marino's car, Marcus attempts to commandeer a crappy hatchback driven by Michael Bay himself.
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.
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!"
Cup Holders: Marcus complains about Mike's Porsche not having any, which really gets Mike's goat.
"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.)
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.
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.
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 Miami Cops: 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.
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!"
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!
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.
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.
The second movie ratchets it up and ends with Mike, Marcus, and several other TNT officers going to Cuba to rescue Marcus' sister who the Big Bad has kidnapped. Why does this belong here? THEY WRECK A SHANTYTOWN-SLASH-CRACK LAB ON THE WAY THERE, AND SLAM INTO THE US NAVY BASE, WHERE THE BIG BAD GETS HIS SHIT RUINED BY A MINE.