YMMV / Bad Boys

  • Awesome Music: Say what you will about Bad Boys 2, but it had a sweet soundtrack.
  • Complete Monster: French gangster Fouchet, from the first movie, never had pity for anyone and orchestrated several murders pretty unnecessarily. He is a French drug dealer who 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. He makes off with the drugs, which he plans to sell in four days. 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 and Max (one of the hookers), then tries to kill Julie (Max's roommate). He sends one of his men to murder Max's madame by smashing her head in with a sledgehammer, kidnaps Julie for use as leverage, tries to kill Mike and Marcus (our cops) several times over, kills his chemistry team for "fucking with my schedule", and murders his buyer when the police interrupt the deal. His last act is to try and force Mike to kill him, and when that fails, to pull out a hidden pistol and try to kill Mike.
  • Crazy Awesome: Michael Bay found a way to introduce a boat into a car chase, helpfully lampshaded By Capt. Howard:
    Capt. Howard: 22 cars and a boat, totalled? How do you sink a boat?
    • Of course, the boat was being towed, and even then, it got managed to be ripped off and slam into a few other cars.
    • The first movie also blew up an entire airport hangar. There was also a car chase between a Camaro and a a van full of flammable ether.
  • Critical Dissonance: The second film received particularly bad reviews from critics, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of a 23%. What was the audience score, you might ask? 79%.
  • Critic-Proof: Predates Bay's Film/Transformers trilogy in this regard. Bad Boys 2 was the definition of a popcorn flick, and despite negative reactions from critics, was a smash hit at the box office. Though this appears to have soon worn off; one Hot Fuzz commentary has Quentin Tarantino discussing how at the movie's premiere he set up a booth selling both Bad Boys 2 and Point Break, and absolutely no one wanted Bad Boys 2, even when he started offering it for free.
  • Ending Fatigue: The second film clocks in at nearly two and a half hours, and doesn't exactly have a big enough plot to justify it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The first movie features a reference to Michael Jordan being retired from basketball. True at the time of filming, not true less than a month before the movie was released.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Shit just got REAL.
      • Edgar Wright says in the Hot Fuzz commentary that he's determined to find out which of the film's writers is actually responsible for that line.
    • For a few months after the sequel, "Woo-sah", combined with the ear massage, became a popular saying when someone became angry or agitated.
  • MST3K Mantra/Rule of Cool: This is a Michael Bay movie, so it's pretty much required.
  • Narm Charm: The sequel has much more of this than the first film. For instance:
    Mook: Who that? Who in my house?!
    Mike: I'm the Devil! Who's asking?!
    Mook: The Devil is not welcome HEAAHHHHH!
  • Older Than They Think: This is the origin of the phrase "Shit just got real", but that quip is occasionally better known for its use in Problem Sleuth nowadays.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Miami Takedown is absolutely horrible. Cheap mechanics, lazy design, clunky and stupid AI. They couldn't even be bothered to get Will and Martin to reprise their characters.

    For some people it falls under the category of So Bad, It's Good as the dialogue and voice acting are so hilariously awful that mere words don't do them justice.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Captain Sinclair in the first movie was played by Marg Helgenberger, who later became well-known as Catherine Willows in CSI.
    • And one of the would-be carjackers is played by Kim Coates, more widely known now as Tig Trager in Sons of Anarchy.
    • Michael Imperioli as an informant.
    • In Bad Boys 2, Megan Fox was a dance extra in a club. She can be seen dancing for a few seconds.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Julie. She was offered protective custody and refused it, insisting that she stay at Mike Lowrey's apartment. While there she goes through mug shots and identifies the people involved in Max's murder. Rather than identify them to Mike and Marcus then let the police handle it, Julie steals a gun from Mike and leaves the sanctuary of the apartment to head to a crowded nightclub so she can go on a one-woman killing spree against a crime syndicate that wants her dead; which would've ended badly for Julie if not for her plot armor.