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

"Shit just got real."

The 2003 sequel to Bad Boys, also directed by Michael Bay, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returning to their previous roles.

Miami is being flooded with ecstacy that's coming from Cuba through drug lord Johnny Tapia. Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are on the case, and are determined to bring the responsible to justice. Additional drama is provided by friction with the DEA, which counts Marcus' younger sister Sydney among its agents, and from Marcus possibly transferring out of the department, leaving Mike without his longtime partner.


This film has examples of:

  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: At the harbor in Amsterdam, the guy on the phone is not speaking Dutch, as one would expect, but German with a strong English accent.
  • Ax-Crazy: Johnny Tapia. His idea of conducting a business deal is to have one member of the negotiating party chopped up in his mother's kitchen and the pieces stuffed into a tortilla bin. It's his idea of "leverage". If that does not work, he'll gun for their families.
  • Actionized Sequel: There's more badass action in this bad boy (pun intended) than the previous film, as well as more laughs, too.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Mike, while Twerp Sweating Megan's date, is waving his gun around and pointing it at the date's face with his finger on the trigger. Not only is that extremely dangerous, it's also a felony - aggravated assault - which Mike and Marcus both know quite well.
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  • Asshole Victim: Floyd, who doesn't die, but gets roughed up quite a bit; since he's a Klansman, it's hard to feel sorry for him.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Mike and Marcus do this after revealing themselves in the KKK rally in the opening action scene.
  • 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 Bad: Johnny Tapia.
  • Blatant Lies: Johnny kills his second cousin for allowing Mike and Marcus to come into his home (thinking they are part of the Haitian gang) and when his mother comes to the window to ask what is that noise, Johnny tells her that his cousin just killed himself. By shooting himself dead center in the forehead. His mom buys it and says she will go order some flowers for the poor guy's family.
  • Bullet Time: Occurs during the opening shootout with The Klan which ends with Marcus getting Shot in the Ass.
  • Call-Back: After Marcus shoots Tapia dead, Mike starts yelling "that's how you're supposed to shoot, from now on, that's how you shoot!", calling back to climactic chase of the first film, where Mike told Marcus "that's how you're supposed to drive, from now on, that's how you drive!"
  • The Cameo: By American football player Dan Marino; 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 Haitian bad guys in the 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 than the first (a whopping 153 vs. the 18 of the first movie — and ironically, on the first movie Bay didn't liked the amount of times that it was used so he trimmed it down in editing).
  • Coffin Contraband: Tapia smuggles money and Ecstasy in coffins, along with bodies.
  • Cold Open: There's a scene before the title showcasing how Tapia's drug ring runs the gauntlet of sending drugs into the U.S.
  • Cool Car: 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: The tall computer hacker who showed up as a convict in the first film is now a police consultant/employee.
  • Cowboy Cop: Mike and Marcus, as usual. Lampshaded by their boss Capt. Howard:
    Capt: Howard: 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?"
  • Creator Cameo: Before they take Marino's car, Marcus attempts to commandeer a crappy hatchback driven by Michael Bay himself.
  • Da Chief: Captain Howard, moreso than in the first film, as he's had to go trhrough anger management therapy because of the main duo.
  • Deadpan Snarker: 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.)
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Alexei calls himself the "Russian Grim Reaper of Death" when he attacks Tapia's mansion on his own.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The discussion between Mike and Marcus about the aftermath of Mike shooting Marcus in the butt immediately turns into one big gay joke.
  • The Dragon: Roberto (until he outlived his usefulness), and then Carlos.
  • Emergency Cargo Dump: While chasing down Marcus' sister, one of the vehicles used by the Haitians is a stolen car-carrier, chock-full of cars - it doesn't take long for the obvious conclusion to happen.
    Marcus: Do you see that?!
    Mike: [Suddenly dodging obstacles] They're throwing cars, how do I not see that?
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Johnny Tapia to his mama and daughter. Unfortunately to one of his mooks (who happens to be Tapia's second cousin and The Dragon up to that point) this love doesn't carries over to him.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Any bad guy who appears in each movie has the tendencies to do this - most notably Johnny Tapia.
  • False False Alarm: In the third act', the heroes toss dozens of cats and lizards into the bad guys' bungalo, until they decide turn off the alarms.
  • Fan Disservice: The female with the very large breasts might have been straight Fanservice were she not a corpse in the morgue. Mike looks anyway.
  • Flashed-Badge Hijack: Parodied, as an attempt to commandeer a rundown car leads Marcus to get yelled at and told to commandeer a better car. See also The Cameo.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Tactical Narcotics Team that Mike and Marcus are part of.
  • Guns Akimbo: Mike Lowrey has upgraded in badassery by getting a preference for carrying akimbo Glocks. Alexei carries dual Berettas on his drunken rampage through Tapia's house.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: 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.
    Mike: We ride together. We die together. Bad Boys for life.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Not said directly to Mike, but Marcus makes it clear that if anybody used her sister for a one-night stand and/or made her cry, he would hunt and kill the guy without any mercy. Mike, who had been sleeping with Marcus' sister and wasn't completely sure of maintaining their relationship because of Marcus' overprotectiveness, is pretty nervous as a result.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Mike and Marcus have a whole conversation that sounds like they had rough anal sex and Marcus can't have an erection anymore (and Mike is an asshole of a boyfriend). At least, that's what it sounds to the people hearing it. It's actually about Marcus still being traumatized from being Shot in the Ass (and thus can't have an erection). Even with context, Mike is still a bit of an asshole.
  • Interrogation by Vandalism: 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. This is 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.
  • 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 the first major firefight.
  • 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!": Courtesy of the mine field surrounding Gitmo.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Marcus suffers a bout of this 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.
  • Looks Like Jesus: Johnny Tapia. Lampshaded by the man's daughter when she notices a painting of the Last Supper that is being painted on his Cuban mansion has a Jesus that resembles him... and then tells Tapia about what the Last Supper means. Tapia orders the painters to get rid of the painting.
    Johnny Tapia: (whistles to the painters) Hey! You know what this is? THIS IS FUCKING DEPRESSING!!!
  • Misplaced-Names Poster: One poster for the film has the names of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence swapped.
  • Moe Greene Special: Mike gives one to an unfortunate gangbanger that tries to peek through a bullet hole.
  • Moral Myopia:
    • Johnny Tapia got Alexei to comply with his deal by threatening to rape his wife and go after his son (when showing Alexei the dismembered corpse of his business partner didn't work) and later kidnapped Syd, Marcus' sister, holding her hostage, even though Johnny murdered his own second cousin in cold blood for unwittingly allowing Mike and Marcus into his mother's house and putting her at risk (mistaking Mike and Marcus for gangmembers). He cares greatly for his own family, but will brutalize anyone else's family if said person doesn't do what he wants.
    • Floyd repeatedly complains that Mike and Marcus are violating his human rights when they appropriate him from jail. Floyd is a Klansman - the KKK being a group dedicated to denying black people their human rights, among other things.
  • 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, Mike pretends to be a Just Got Out of Jail ex-con who declares that he's not going back to jail.
  • Oh, Crap!: The duo have this 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: When Tapia calls the heroes to inform them that he holds Syd hostage, the camera does a dramatic Orbital Shot as one of them delivers the punchline "Shit just got real."
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Marcus does not take kindly to the fact that one of his kids is going out on a date and makes it clear that if her date gets fresh with her (hell, if the kid brings her back too late) he's going to kill him. Being Mike's god-child as well, he and Marcus decide to do a pretty scary Twerp Sweating tag-team.
    • The only really redeemable thing about Johnny Tapia is his love for his family. He blows away his second cousin because he believed Mike and Marcus were part of the Haitian gang and thus his snafu allowed some equally ruthless men into his home, and on the third act when his (pretty chubby) daughter says that a friend of hers told her she looked like a supermodel and a nearby mook snickers, Tapia gives him a Death Glare.
  • 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, coincidentally the same one used in The Matrix Reloaded, which co-stars Will Smith's wife, Jada.
  • Real Stitches for Fake Snitches: Played with. The protagonist detectives get a man connected to an ecstasy-smuggling ring to talk by taking a picture with him and threatening to show it to his fellow criminals. To make things worse for him, both detectives are black and the man is a member of the KKK.
  • Reality Ensues: Mike getting blocked from having the Miami PD reimburse the damage Marcus caused to his glove box with the sub-machine gun during the prior shootout.
    Mike Lowery: Captain, is it possible we can discuss potential reimbursement...
    Capt. Howard: The department doesn't cover personal property, that's why we drive police cars.
  • 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: There are three "Oh, shit"s in 12 seconds in the scene where the duo visits Captain Howard's house.
  • Ruthless Foreign Gangsters: The Cuban drug lord Johnny Tapia, who will kill his own cousin without hesitation for failure and his idea of "negotiating" with The Mafiya is to kill one of the Russians that came to his house, cut him to pieces and stuff him in a tortilla container, show the pieces to the other Russian (who is the dead guy's cousin, by the way) and threaten the man's family for good measure.
  • 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!: 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: In the poster for the movie, it's Martin Lawrence this time who's taking aim.
  • Shot in the Ass: Marcus gets shot in the ass during opening shootout at the KKK rally, leading to a series of awkward and badly worded moments later on.
  • Storming the Castle: 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.
  • Those Two Guys: The two Hispanic detectives Vargas and Reyes.
  • Time for Plan B: Mike comes up with one of these toward the end, which consists of driving what looks like a Humvee through a mansion.
    Mike: Plan B did not have this big-ass gun in it!
    Marcus: You call this Plan B?! What does "B" stands for? "Bullshit"!
    Mike: Do you wanna drive?!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Both of the main characters, especially Mike.
  • Twerp Sweating: Megan's date arrives to the Burnett household to be greeted by Mike and Marcus, who put on a scary act so that the date will behave with her.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Tapia has one when the team led by Marcus and Mike blow his mansion up.
  • Vodka Drunkenski: When the police assault Tapia's mansion, a very drunk Alexei is there too to settle his score with Tapia.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Mike and Marcus are investigating the morgue for evidence, Marcus accidentally knocks the top of a corpse's head off, exposing its brain, which causes him to vomit.
  • 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


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