A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Mixed messages. Characters who try to be non-violent are encouraged to bring more violence, without consequences. And characters who are already violent are shown to be "cool." Fatherhood is sometimes a catalyst for people to try to do better, but other times it's used as a joke or as a gateway to more violence. The main story is revenge-based.
Positive Role Models
The main characters are likable and offer Black representation on screen, but they're also unapologetically violent and crude and never face any consequences. Even their family-like bond seems stretched thin now.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of intense, over-the-top action violence. Guns (including a high-powered sniper rifle) and shooting. Blood spurts, pools of blood. Character impaled by metal spike. Car drops on character's head. Dead bodies. Car chases and crashes. Helicopter crash. Fighting and punching, beating with blunt objects. Character's hand hit with a hammer. Stabbing. Explosions and fire. Video of violent shooting uploaded to the internet and played over and over. A man fights with a woman, throwing her down.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual humor and/or sex-related talk. Ogling/objectifying women in a nightclub. Images of a "telenovela" on a screen include a couple shown in bed (under covers). Mention of "blue pills."
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Constant strong language, with frequent use of "s--t" and "f--k," (including "motherf----r"). Also "bulls--t," "a--hole," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "d--k," "dumbass," "balls," "stupid," and a use of the "N" word.
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Products & Purchases
Mention of Uber. Sony logo shown on a camera strap. Nissan mentioned and shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in bars and at celebratory events. A supporting character is shown snorting cocaine and acting "crazy." Minor characters are drug dealers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bad Boys for Life is the third movie in the Bad Boys series, which stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as violent, bickering Miami narcotics detectives. This one takes place 17 years after Bad Boys II, and it's just as noisy and busy as the others. Expect lots of over-the-top action violence, with guns and shooting (including a high-powered sniper rifle), blood spurts, dead bodies, fighting, hitting with blunt objects, stabbing, explosions/fire, car chases and crashes, and more. Constant strong language includes countless uses of "s--t" and "f--k," as well as other words (including a use of the "N" word). Women in a club are ogled/objectified, and there's some crude sex-related talk, mostly played for laughs. Characters drink on social occasions and at celebrations, and a supporting character uses cocaine. The main story is based on revenge, and there are mixed-to-problematic messages about consequence-free violence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Coming nearly two decades after the last entry, this third buddy-cop continues with the series' same kind of cluttered, noisy filmmaking, but now it's accompanied by a sense of pained weariness. Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah take over for original director Michael Bay but continue with his chaotic style -- i.e. the logic of a scene doesn't matter as much as how big it is. It's often exhausting trying to follow the haywire chronological and spatial logic of the action in Bad Boys for Life, as characters move through space and time at different rates, depending on what the plot needs.
As for the "boys," they're now in their 50s, and Lawrence in particular looks like he's in physical pain most of the time, as if he can barely move. His comic timing is off, too: His profanity-laden zingers have lost their sharpness. The rest of the characters are so thinly drawn that they're lucky if they get a single character trait. (Poor Hudgens' character has none, except for a bleach-blonde cornrow hairstyle.) Smith at least proves he's a pro by selling a few of his one-liners and soul-searching speeches, but even he can't keep the phrase "for life" from sounding like a punishment.
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