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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.

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 spawned a 2003 sequel, Bad Boys II, which in turn spawned a video game adaptation, Bad Boys: Miami Takedown. A third film called Bad Boys For Life has been announced but the release date has been repeatedly been pushed back. A Spin-Off TV series called L As Finest has also been announced. Not to be confused with the 1983 film starring Sean Penn.

This movie contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Julie asked Marcus if he "felt funny" and he answers "Well, I'm not a comedian..."
    • Mike Lowry also came from a privileged background.
  • All Men Are Perverts: At the climax, one of Fouchet's goons notices Julie reaching into her bra to try to get the handcuff key she concealed there, and the only thing he can think of is to tell her that if she has an itch there, he can scratch it for her.
  • 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.
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  • Ax-Crazy: Fouchet, the main villain. His plan seemed to ultimately involve killing everything he came into contact with.
  • Bad Boss: 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.
  • Big Bad: Fouchet.
  • 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 movie.
    Marcus: Why do I always get the big thick muthafuckas?
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In a specific scene, 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!
  • Cold Open: Mike and Marcus are shown busting a carjacking duo before the opening credits.
  • Compensating for Something: Marcus calls Mike's Porsche "Just a shiny dick with two chairs".
  • Cool Car: 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.
  • Cowboy Cop:
    • Captain Howard on the main characters' professionalism:
      "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 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Julie.
    "Gee, Julie, what have you been up to the last couple days? Nothing. Just hanging out, handcuffed to steering wheels."
  • 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.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Marcus's wife shows Mike a photo of him with a 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.
  • 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).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Fouchet. Never does one of his scenes go by without him getting pissed about something.
  • I Remember Because...: A variant: "Did you hear what I said? I heard what I said, 'cause I was standing there when I said it."
  • Innocent Innuendo: 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.
  • Kill It with Fire: Both of the Co-Dragons 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. With gunfire.
  • May I Borrow a Cup of Sugar?: Played for laughs when Mike and Marcus enter a residence without a warrant.
    Marcus: (in an exaggerated, nasally "Caucasian" voice): We were wondering if we could borrow a cup of brown sugar...?
  • Mood Whiplash: Julie 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 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.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Fouchet's only reaction to anything that pisses him off is to growl, pull out his gun and blow it away, even if it doesn't really makes sense. At the climactic gunfight he even kills the man buying his drugs for no good apparent reason other than him just being there.
  • 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."
  • 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".
    "You know, man, I'm so sick of this bullshit. 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!"
  • Odd Couple: Marcus Burnett with Mike Lowry.
  • Orbital Shot: Used after Mike saves Marcus from being hit by the taxi during Julie's kidnapping.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: The murder that Julie witnesses occurs at the start and drives the rest of the plot.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Said by Marcus before killing a villain by exploding the plane he's on: "You forgot your boarding pass!"
  • Rare Guns: After he is defeated, Fouchet attempts to pull out a four-barrel COP .357 Derringer, which is no longer in production. Unfortunately for him, Mike is quicker on the draw.
  • Rasputinian Death: Fouchet's fat henchman 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!
  • Ruthless Foreign Gangsters: The very French Fouchet has zero patience for mistakes, and his plan seems to revolve around killing every single person he comes into contact with.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The poster has Will Smith pointing a gun toward the viewer.
  • Sexless Marriage: Marcus gripes about this at the start of the film. A later scene shows that this is mostly due to lack of opportunity, not trying.
    Marcus: Please man, I'm not getting my sex at home. Don't deny me this [burger].
    Mike: What are you talking about? You sleep with a beautiful woman every night!
    Marcus: That's what being married means. You sleep together, but you can't get none.
  • She's Got Legs: Julie. Her entire wardrobe consists of short skirts that highlights this.
  • Stupid Evil: Fouchet is a Trigger Happy version of this trope, but to provide a specific example: after turning half of Miami into a war zone (in broad daylight) trying to find and/or kill Julie because she's a witness and managing to nab her, he finishes his call threatening to kill Julie if Mike and Marcus interfere with his transaction by saying he is going to kill her anyway once he's done selling the drugs, giving them even less of a reason to stay put.
  • 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: Or rather "handgun to face". Mike gets ready to perform a point-blank Boom, Headshot! on Fouchet at the end of the film, and Fouchet even taunts him to do it. Marcus convinces him to not do it... and then Fouchet pulls a gun. Multiple Gunshot Death ensues.
  • 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!: Used twicefold when a store clerk mistakes Mike and Marcus for robbers.
    "Hey, freeze, bitch!"
    "You freeze, bitch."
  • Those Two Guys: The two Hispanic detectives Sanchez and Ruiz, who exchange some barbs with Mike and Marcus on occasion, and help them during the climactic firefight.
  • Titled After the Song: The film is named after the song "Bad Boys" by the reggae group Inner Circle, which is best known as the theme tune to the television series C.O.P.S.. The characters even sing along to the song at one point.
  • Trigger Happy: Fouchet seems to have only two settings: angry, and murderously angry. And when he's on the latter, he just has to shoot someone, no matter how disproportionate it is (the crime that puts the protagonists on the path to find him is murdering Eddie and the prostitute he was with — for one brick of heroine, he kills his chemists because they "fucked with his schedule" — even if cutting heroine is an incredibly (explosively) delicate business and it's obvious they were rushing things as much as they could — and he shoots the buyer on the climactic raid for no good reason than... the man standing there looking stupid? Maybe he thought that the buyer led the cops to him, but he doesn't says anything, he just growls in anger and kills the guy). He even pulls a gun on Mike after the man lets him live after the final chase, wasting his Last-Second Chance.
  • 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: Julie manages to hide a handcuff key in her bra and uses it to escape during the hangar gunfight. The mook guarding her sees her reach for it but doesn't think to check her.
  • 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: A discovery of a coprse makes Marcus ill, and he has to leave the scene so that he can throw up.
  • With Friends Like These...: Mainly in this movie, which begins with the duo bitching at each other. They never really stop.