‘Bad Boys’ Keeps Blowing Up, In All Its Needless and Demented Appeal [Be Reel Podcast]

The Playlist | 1/21/2020 | Chance Solem-Pfeifer
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Bad Boys, bad boys / whatcha gonna do / whatcha gonna do when we rate and review? It’s 2020, and Columbia Pictures has dug deep into its intellectual property vault for a 17-year dormant Will Smith franchise with no meaningful reason to continue. Perhaps more surprising, “Bad Boys For Life” is a hit.

Now for those who know the Bad Boys franchise only as one big exploding car, Be Reel is on the case for a full catch-up and deep dive. The Bad Boys movies follow Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith), two renegade cops and perpetual Internal Affairs nightmares, wreaking havoc on the great city of Miami with the visual stylings of Michael Bay (and his acolytes). Car chases, bikinis, wildly irresponsible gunplay, and sopping wet nightclubs abound.

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More broadly, the Bad Boys franchise represents lightning in a bottle for elements that draw audiences to popcorn cinema: two then-ubiquitous television stars, a tried-and-true formula for cop dramedies that had already dominated ‘80s film and was about to take over television, and a shameless action director honing his now-iconic visual...
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