Bad Boys II

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Dated action movie has graphic violence, cursing, drugs.
  • R
  • 2003
  • 150 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 26 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages. Bombastic violence and cliched action-movie dialogue seems to solve everything

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are too cliched to be considered positive role models. 


Very graphic violence. Extreme, extended peril. Dead body in a vat, some blood. Character shot point-blank in forehead, killed. Character thrown off a parking garage. Excessively violent car chase with machine gun firing, crashes, explosions, cadavers thrown into the highway. 


Skimpy clothes, naked dead bodies, sexual references including impotence. Lead character shown from behind receiving oral sex from his therapist. Woman shown having sex and moaning in a video. Two lead characters talking in a way that sounds like they are gay lovers on a hot microphone in a department store. One of the lead characters observes two rats having sex. 


Constant strong profanity throughout the movie. "N" word used by African American and white (KKK members) characters. "F--k," "motherf---er" constantly used. "Bulls--t" "p---y," "d--khead," "t-t," "bitch," "ass," "pissing." Elderly woman expresses disgust at thinking she's listening in on "homo shows" in a department store. Middle finger gesture. One of the lead characters makes the homophobic remark, "Not gay s--t," this is man s--t." 


Lite Beer shown. Miller Semi-trucks advertising Miller MGD, Pepsi. 7-11 Big Gulp cup in one scene. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Man shown overdosing at a danceclub. Ecstasy at a dance club. One of the lead characters accidentally ingests ecstasy; his high is portrayed in a comedic manner as he acts spaced-out and affectionate. Alcohol drinking. Wine drinking. Reference made to "crackheads." 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bad Boys II has very graphic violence. Corpses spill into a street, a character is chopped up and presented to his partner in parts, with blood dripping out of him, and more. There is extreme, extended peril and violence, and many deaths. Characters use extremely strong language with constant profanity (including "f--k" and variations), including racist terms ("N" word). There are sexual references and situations, including references to impotence and homophobic humor. There are naked dead bodies. A lead character is shown from behind receiving oral sex from his therapist. Woman shown having sex and moaning in a video. We also see some highly improbable animal sex. Characters drink and smoke, and it's supposed to be humorous when Marcus uses Ecstasy. Characters of many races show some prejudice but work together with respect and loyalty, and a female character is strong, brave, and capable. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bymathv June 28, 2020

Really violent and morbid

Lots of dead bodies in the morgue where will smith put his hand to find drugs.
Lots of bodies behind demanbrated and exploding.
Adult Written byPro Guy 2 June 12, 2020
Kid, 10 years old September 5, 2010


great movie. can get very gory at times like the chopped up body in a container thing. there are plenty of shooting with blood coming out from the wounds. there... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byyrivera343 October 2, 2020



What's the story?

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith reprise their roles from 1995's Bad Boys as buddy cops who toss off wisecracks in between rounds of ammunition. They are cast against type with Martin as Marcus, the worrying family man, and Smith as Mike, the go-for-it playa. This time, Marcus' sister (Gabrielle Union), a DEA agent, is in town, but hasn't told her brother that (1) she's working undercover on a dangerous investigation and (2) she's romantically involved with Mike. Meanwhile, Marcus and Mike have smashed up most of the cars in LA but haven't yet made any progress on tracking down the drug dealer they are after. And many, many, many, many more cars will be smashed and many attempts at humor will crash before they do.

Is it any good?

The old-fashioned real-deal movie star charm of Will Smith can occasionally be glimpsed somewhere inside this overlong cacophony of car chases, shoot-em-ups, and explosions. It's impossible not to watch him and almost impossible not to smile while doing so. But that's about the only smile in this generic but mind-numbingly loud and violent action movie, more theme-park stunt spectacular than story.

Director Michael Bay can shoot action sequences and stunts, though he tries a little too hard to be John Woo. He's less successful at making us care, especially when the plot veers into the truly preposterous with a massive invasion of Cuba at the end. For anyone other than hard-core action fans it just gets overwhelming and finally a little tedious. Bay also makes the fatal mistake of forgetting to include a memorable or interesting villain. Instead we get a stereotyped paranoid drug dealer who is overly attached to his mother and daughter.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about movie violence. How is violence used for the purposes of entertainment in this movie? How much is "too much?" 

  • Was the profanity necessary for the story, or did it seem excessive? Why?

  • The movie has some homophobic jokes. How does this date the movie? What are some other ways in which the movie is very much a product of its time? 

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