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Bad Boys
Directed by Michael Bay
Produced by Don Simpson
Jerry Bruckheimer
Written by Michael Barrie
Jim Mulholland
Doug Richardson
Starring Martin Lawrence
Will Smith
Téa Leoni
Tchéky Karyo
Theresa Randle
Joe Pantoliano
Music by Mark Mancina
Cinematography Howard Atherton
Editing by Christian Wagner
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) April 7, 1995 (1995-04-07)
Running time 118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $19 million
Gross revenue $141,407,024
Followed by Bad Boys II

Bad Boys is a 1995 Action adventure thriller film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer producers of Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop. The film, starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith, spawned a 2003 sequel, Bad Boys II.



Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) are bickering best friends and detectives in the narcotics division of the Miami-Dade Police Department. One night, $100 million of seized heroin is stolen by gangsters from a secure police vault. This is a major blow to Burnett and Lowrey, because it was the biggest drug bust of their careers. Internal Affairs believe it was an inside job and issue an ultimatum—if they do not recover the drugs in five days, the narcotics division will be shut down. It is quickly discovered that one of the gang members was Eddie Domínguez, a former cop, who after helping the criminals circumvent the station's security, has absconded with some of the heroin. Dominguez is shot to death by his boss, French drug kingpin Fouchet (Tchéky Karyo), who also kills escort Maxine "Max" Logan (Karen Alexander), who was hired by Eddie to celebrate the success of the heist. She is also one of Lowery's ex-girlfriends and one of his major informants. The only witness to the crime is Max's best friend Julie Mott (Téa Leoni), who watched from the crime from the upper balcony of the Al Capone suite.

Because of Max's relationship with Mike Lowrey and although she has never met him, Julie will only trust and deal with Lowrey. But he is out of contact when she contacts the police about the murders, she threatens to run. Captain Howard (Joe Pantoliano) forces Burnett to impersonate him in order to get Julie to co-operate. In order to continue the deception, Burnett and Lowrey switch lives. Burnett moving into Lowrey's apartment, with Julie and her dogs Luke and Duke. While infamous playboy Lowrey moves in with Burnett's wife and children, claiming to be Burnett in Julie's presence while Burnett claims to be Lowrey. The investigation proceeds with Lowrey and Burnett calling in on their old informants, including Jojo (Michael Imperioli), a former chemist who now works as a mechanic, and attempting to have Julie identify Max's killers. When she recognizes one of the gun men, Noah, the two cops head off to his known hang out, Club Hell for a reconnaissance mission. Unbeknownst to them, Julie has followed, eager to dish out revenge on Max's killers. Her presence alerts the criminals and after a brief ruckus and chase Noah is killed. The incident is caught on camera by a news helicopter overhead. The subsequent news report is later seen by Burnett's family (whom he told he was going to Cleveland to enable him to pose as Lowrey in the first place).

Lowrey and Burnett decide to visit Jojo again, feeling he knows more than he is letting on. Their hunch is proved correct and, after some persuasion from Lowrey, Jojo tells them the location of the chemist who is cutting the stolen drugs to quadruple the value. After staking out his house, they follow him to where Fouchet is hiding the drugs. Returning to Mike's apartment with Julie, they are confronted by Marcus' wife who blows their cover and causing Julie to try and run. Fouchet and his gang of criminals, who followed them back to Lowery's apartment kidnap Julie, despite Burnett and Lowrey's best efforts. Those efforts cause Internal Affairs to reassign all members of the narcotics division, effectively shutting them down, but Captain Howard delays the order to give Lowery and Burnett a chance to get the girl and the drugs back.

Burnett, Lowrey and two other members of the Miami P.D. (Sanchez and Ruiz) organize a plan to stop the criminals from killing Julie and selling the drugs to a Colombian drug lord. A final shoot-out erupts between Burnett, Lowrey and the drug dealers at an abandoned air field. The criminals are eliminated by Burnett, Lowrey, Sanchez and Ruiz. Burnett is shot in the leg after saving Julie from Fouchet. Fouchet also shoots Lowery while escaping the building with is now on fire but he is rescued by Burnett and Julie who left to get Lowrey's Porsche. A final car chase erupts with Fouchet driving a Shelby Cobra AC 327 and Burnett, Lowery and Julie giving chase in a Porche 911 Turbo. After Burnett bumps him off the road, Fouchet crashes but manges to escape the wreckage. Attempting to run, Fouchet is shot in the leg by Lowrey. Fouchet, knowing he is beaten, tries to goad Lowrey into killing him, which he almost does as revenge for Max's Murder, until Burnett prevents it. While on the ground Fouchet then pulls a out concealed weapon and aims at Burnett, but seeing the reflection on his partner's forehead, Lowery shoots Fouchet numerous times finally avenging Max's killing. After professing their mutual love for one another and relief in surviving the gun fight, Marcus handcuffs Julie and Mike's hands together and hobbles away hoping for some much needed "Quality Time" with his wife.



In the film's early stages of development, Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer initially envisioned Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz in the roles.[1] When the movie was written for Carvey and Lovitz, the original title for Bad Boys was Bulletproof Hearts.

Both Martin Lawrence and Will Smith were starring in their own hit TV shows, Martin and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when filming this movie. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air even references the film in an episode. In season 6 episode 20 called 'I Stank Horse', Nicholas 'Nikky' Banks tells Will that his parents won't let him watch 'Bad Boys' to which Will replies "oh, whatcha gonna do?"


Director Michael Bay didn't like the script and often engaged Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in discussions about how the dialogue and scenes could improve. He often allowed them to improvise while the cameras were rolling. He secretly told Will to call Lawrence a bitch before the car scene. The whole "two bitches in the sea" was improvised, as was Martin's comment when Téa Leoni called him gay.

The scene in the convenience store where the clerk puts a gun to Burnett and Lowrey's heads and tells them to "Freeze, bitch!" is also improvised. They came up with "No, you freeze, bitch! Now back up, put the gun down and get me a pack of Tropical Fruit Bubbalicious". "And some Skittles."

According to Michael Bay in his DVD commentary, at the end of the film when Mike (Smith) and Marcus (Lawrence) are recuperating, Mike says "I love you, man." Bay claims that Smith refused to say the line, causing the director and actor to argue back and forth over the line. Bay wanted Smith to say the line as he felt it summed up the friendship between the cops. After their argument had lasted for half of the day's shoot and much of the crew was ready to pack up, a fed up Bay told Smith to do whatever he wanted, after which Smith changed his mind and agreed to say the line.

Reaction and commercial success

The film itself was commercially successful, as its total gross was estimated at $65.8 million in the United states and $75 million overseas. However, critical reception was generally negative with most of the criticisms focusing on the fact that despite the production of the film and the ability of the stars, the script did not diverge from the generic plot of a cop-buddy genre film, instead opting for repeated use of formulaic scenes.[2][3]

The current Rotten Tomatoes tomatometer shows that 42% of critics that they indexed gave the film positive reviews, with the "Top Critics" score remaining at 14%.

Roger Ebert in his video review of the film on At the Movies noted that despite the highly energetic approach of the two lead actors and the visual style of the film, their acting talents were mostly "new wine in old bottles". He illustrated that many of the elements featured in the film including both the plot and characters had been recycled from other movies, particularly those from the Lethal Weapon and Beverley Hills Cop series[3] -- recurrent stock-characters, police detective clichés and over-long action scenes.[3] In describing the archetypal cop-buddy genre action scene adhered to by the film, Ebert noted "Whenever a movie like this starts to drag, there's always one infallible solution; have a car-chase and then blow something up REAL good." [3]

Gene Siskel in his appraisal of the film said that he had lost interest in the film after its introduction due to the very formulaic approach[3], and repeated Roger Ebert's criticism that the talents of the lead actors were wasted; suggesting that the production company did not spend significant time producing a script which would be suitable for their talents.[3]

Reviews from moviegoers were generally positive and many of them felt that the movie injected new interest and reinvigorated the buddy cop genre. Some fans of the movie even compared Bad Boys to Lethal Weapon in the sense that both films had two male leads who are at odds with each other while trying to solve cases together. Between the two, Bad Boys is viewed to be a faster movie than Lethal Weapon (which relied on intrigue and suspense).[citation needed]

Because of the popularities of Smith, Lawrence and Bay, Bad Boys continues to enjoy heavy playtime on cable television networks as well as continued presence in video stores worldwide.[citation needed]


A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B was released on March 25, 1995 by Work Records. It peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

The album was well received by fans of the rap/R&B genres, but disappointed fans of Mark Mancina's movie score, as only one of up to fifteen tracks composed for the film by Mancina was featured on the album. Also, most of the industrial rock tracks, which featured primarily in the "Club Hell" scene, are also missing from the album. These include "Nothing" by Stabbing Westward, "Angels" by Dink, and "Sweet Little Lass" by DAG.

The original score by Mark Mancina[4] was released in September 2007 by La-La Land Records as a limited edition of 3000 copies.

See also

  • Bad Boys II, the sequel to this film
  • Bad Boys: Miami Takedown, the video game spin-off to this film
  • Bad Boys for other uses of this term


  1. ^ IN THE DRESSING ROOM WITH DANA CARVEY; Every Night Live? - New York Times
  2. ^ McCarthy, Todd., 1995. Bad Boys Review Variety Magazine [Internet] Available at
  3. ^ a b c d e f Ebert, Roger., Siskel, Gene., 1995 Bad Boys Review [Internet Video] Available at Buena-Vista Television
  4. ^ BAD BOYS - Original Score Album by Mark Mancina

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Bad Boys is a 1995 action comedy film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The film also spawned a 2003 sequel, Bad Boys II.


Det. Marcus Burnett

  • You know I'm a better cop when I get some in the morning, I feel lighter on my feet.
  • This is bad. No, let me call it what is. This is fucked up.
  • Do you see the fuckin' emotion I'm goin' through right now?! That means this shit is serious. That means me and this motherfucker's not vibin' right now. That's what that shit means.
  • You forgot your boarding pass.
  • Mike. Go downstairs and have a Coke and smile.
  • Damn, why am I tripping on shit I know is there?
  • [to Fletch] If you don't sit your lanky ass down right now, bottom-line, I will knock you the fuck out!
  • He steals our shit, kidnaps Julie, shoots at my wife. Oh, we beatin' him down. We beatin' him down!

Det. Mike Lowrey

  • You know you drive almost slow enough to drive Miss Daisy.
  • King Dingaling.
  • I don't know why you going home to your wife. You got shot in the leg, your dick probably don't even work.
  • [on Captain Howard and Captain Sinclair, having another vicious argument] They should just bone and get that shit over with.
  • My shit always works sometimes!
  • Now that's how you supposed to drive! From now on that's how you drive!
  • Marcus, I just have one question for ya bro. How the hell you gonna leave my ass at a gun fight to go get the car!

Other Characters

Captain Howard: Ho, what did I say? Did you hear what I said? I heard what I said 'cause I was standing there when I said it.
Casper: Jesus. Could you use a smaller gun? You got blood on me again.
Store Clerk: Freeze mother bitches!
Ferguson: Watch your fucking mouth.
Julie Mott: :[handcuffed to a steering wheel] Hi Julie, what have you been up to the last couple of days?" Oh nothing, just hangin' out, handcuffed to steering wheels.


Captain Howard: Until then, until then, you are Mike Lowrey, you be him, that's what you are, you're him.
Marcus Burnett: But I--
Captain Howard: You're him, I don't wanna hear it, you're him. And you, you're you, you be you, but not in front of her. You're him, you're you.

Mike Lowrey: What the hell are you doin'?
Marcus Burnett: Keepin' my shit quick.
Mike Lowrey: Oh, I see. You aren't gettin any at home, so you got a lot of extra energy. Go ahead, burn it off.

Mike Lowrey: Hello?
Marcus Burnett: We're your new neighbors.
Mike Lowrey: Don't be alarmed, we're Negros.
Marcus Burnett: Naw man, naw. There's too much bass in your voice. That scares white folks. You got to sound like them. [In high pitched voice] We were wondering if we could borrow some brown sugar?

[Mike, Marcus, and Julie start arguing, nobody paying attention to his gun; Julie just walks out]
Store Clerk: Hey, freeze bitch!
[as he points the gun her way, in a flash Mike and Marcus stop arguing and point their guns at his head]
Mike Lowrey: You freeze, bitch!
Store Clerk: Oh, shit! I'm fucked.
Mike Lowrey: Now back up, put the gun down, and get me a pack of Tropical Fruit Bubblicious.
Marcus Burnett: And some Skittles.

Marcus Burnett: Hey, man, where-where-where's your cup holder?
Mike Lowrey: I don't have one.
Marcus Burnett: What the f--? What you mean you don't have one? Eighty thousand dollars for this car and you ain't got no damn cup holder?
Mike Lowrey: It's $105,000 and this happens to be one of the fastest production cars on the planet. Zero to sixty in four seconds, sweetie. It's a limited edition.
Marcus Burnett: You damn right it's limited. No cup holder, no back seat. Just a shiny dick with two chairs in it. I guess we the balls just draggin' the fuck along.

Julie Mott: I don't eat flesh.
Marcus Burnett: Say what?
Julie Mott: That's flesh that you're shoveling into your mouth. You know, that was, like, a living, breathing creature. You know, it probably had a name.
Marcus Burnett: It's just bologna. My bologna has a first name.

Mike Lowrey: You know what 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.
Marcus Burnett: I love you, man.
Mike Lowrey: Fuck you, Marcus.
Marcus Burnett: I do. You're cool. You're my boy.
Mike Lowrey: Shut up, shut up, Marcus. Slow-ass driver. Drivin' like a bitch. Slow-ass.
Marcus Burnett: Why I gotta be all that? I'll take you and me off this fuckin' cliff if you keep fuckin' with me. Then it'll be, what, two bitches in the sea? Huh, is that it? Is that what you want?
Mike Lowrey: Shut up, Marcus.
Marcus Burnett: My wife knows I ain't no bitch. I'm a bad boy.

Store Clerk: [pointing gun at Mike] I blow you! [points gun at Marcus] And I blow you!
Marcus Burnett: Blow me? What the fuck? Naw-naw. Hump me, all right?

Marcus Burnett: Look, now I ain't no Wesley Snipes! I just hang out with stupid ass friends, that drive stupid ass cars, that attract a lot of mother fuckin' attention!
Mike Lowrey: You know what, I need to jump over this car and smack you in your peasy ass head that's what I need to do.
Marcus Burnett: Well, you know what you're arguin' over a mother fuckin' french fry.
Mike Lowrey: It's not about the french fry, it's about your lack of respect for other people's property!
White Carjacker: Hey-hey-hey-hey-hey!
Black Carjacker: Shut the fuck up!
Marcus Burnett: [to Black Carjacker] Hold the fuck on! [to Mike] You want some bad enough, come get some!
[Marcus suddenly throws coke in the Black Carjacker's face and kicks him in the crotch, while Mike punches the White Carjacker in the face]
Marcus Burnett: [Pointing gun at the Black Carjacker, who is on the ground] You like that shit? Wesley Snipes, "Passenger 57"! Now gimme a motherfuckin' Handy Wipe!
Mike Lowrey: [Pointing gun at the White Carjacker, who is on the ground] Now let's hear one of those jokes, bitch.

Marcus Burnett: Oh, man, that was cold.
Detective Sanchez: Yeah, so was your mama's bed.

Fouchet: I like it when a woman takes pride in her appearance. Don't you?
Casper: Yeah, I hate it when a bitch lets herself slide.

Mike Lowrey: [to the White Carjacker holding a gun to his head] Let me tell you how bad a day you're having: right now you're jacking a couple of cops.
White Carjacker: Oh, yeah? Well, I'm a stand-up comedian. And I suck! That's why I need your car.

Marcus Burnett: [while pursuing Fouchet, who is up ahead in a roadster] You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will be used against you in a court of law.
Mike Lowrey: Yo man, what the fuck are you doing?
Marcus Burnett: Getting it out the way.

Mike Lowrey: Please, man. Married life is easy. You only got one woman to satisfy.
Marcus Burnett: Yo, man, we ain't the Cosbys.

Theresa Burnett: And you don't even have your wedding ring on. [Slams bedroom door shut]
Marcus Burnett: Damn. Um. Naw Naw I went undercover. And it uh required the taking off of the ring that's all for a second. But I got the ring, look I just put my hand in my pocket 'cos that's where it was and it's right back on baby. [sighs] Damn. Can I get a pillow?

Marcus Burnett: [trying to imitate Mike] Hello, this is Mike Low-rey.
Captain Howard: He doesn't talk that way. Try to talk like him, like him! Try to talk sexy. Sexy, you don't talk sexy enough!
Marcus Burnett: Cap, Cap! I've been there.

Marcus Burnett: You better do something quick, 'cause we're running out of road.
Mike Lowrey: Who picked this dumb-ass road?! On the goddamn road in Miami, you run out of it!
Marcus Burnett: You better come up with an idea fast!
Mike Lowrey: Why I gotta come up with all the ideas?!

Julie Mott: Can I help you?
Theresa Burnett: Yes, I'm here to kill my husband, Marcus Burnett.
Julie Mott: Uh-huh, and that'd be the tall one or the short one?
Theresa Burnett: The short one.
Julie Mott: I thought so.

[Driving the "ice-cream truck"]
Marcus Burnett: What am I smellin'?
Mike Lowrey: Just drive!
Marcus Burnett: What am I smellin'?!
Julie Mott: [Sees barrels hanging in the back of the van. Reads the label] Ether. Extremely flammable ether. Oh, shit!
Mike Lowrey: Goddamn.
Marcus Burnett: Oh, you-you-you-you da man. Oh you're the fuckin' man tonight! You go and pick an ice-cream truck that's a damn bomb!

Mike Lowrey: Hey-hey, what's this having-a-picnic shit in my car?
Marcus Burnett: Look man, I ain't getting my sex at home, Okay? Don't deny me this.
Mike Lowrey: What are you talking about, man? You sleep with a beautiful woman everyday.
Marcus Burnett: I'm married. That's what married means. It means you sleep together, but you can't get none.

Theresa Burnett: Oh-oh. Don't kiss me, Mike. I don't know where your lips were last night. Move.
Quincy Burnett: Uncle Mike, did you have a date last night?
Mike Lowrey: Whoo-oo, did I! Let me tell you, this girl was--
Theresa Burnett: Hey-hey. Don't you go telling my boys none of your sleazy sex stories.

Mike Lowrey: Aw, no. I only tell your husband my sleazy sex stories.

Marcus Burnett: Hey.
Theresa Burnett: Well, I don't want him hearing either. Gives him ideas.
Marcus Burnett: Why are you doing this to me, man? I'm with my babies. Okay? Thank you.

Stake-out crook: Watching the place was my first gig.
Detective Sanchez: Oh, so does that make you union?

Marcus Burnett: [to Mike] I'm not understanding, I-I really don't.
Store Clerk: [pointing gun at Marcus] Shut up!
Marcus Burnett: I mean, do you just attract violence?

[Cell phone rings, Casper answers it]
Casper: Hello.
Mike Lowrey: Yeah, can I speak to Romeo?
Casper: No, there ain't no Romeo here, asshole.
[Ferguson laughs]
Casper: [to Ferguson] What the fuck are you laughing at?

Ferguson: [as Julie reaches into her bra for a hidden handcuff key] What you got an itch? I'd love to scratch it.
Julie Mott: [gives Ferguson the finger] Scratch this, okay?
Ferguson: Yeah, I'll scratch anything you want to you blue-eyed bitch!
Julie Mott: Did you go to college?

Mike Lowrey: [to store clerk, who is pointing a gun at Mike] I'm gonna reach for my badge, ok?
Store Clerk: Badges? Do you want badges, mother bitch?! I give you badges! 99 cents each. [throws some badges at Mike] I sell you some.

Marcus Burnett: What are our chances?
Mike Lowrey: Remember Club Hell?
Marcus Burnett: Yeah.
Mike Lowrey: Worse.



Whatcha gonna do?

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