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Parents' Guide to

Bad Boys

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent cop movie has cursing, drugs, explosions.

Movie R 1995 118 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 10+

Violent, fun and great for the whole family!

Dated violence, tons of swearing and and comedy that will leave you laughing your heart out!
age 14+


Right off the back in the beginning lots of cursing pretty much the whole movie is cursing,action, and drugs but it was a very good movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (31 ):

Making his directorial debut after a career in music videos, Michael Bay knows how to deliver a slick, good-looking film, colorful and filled with action. The film is also notable for its unique pairing of two African-American cops. But it also appeals to the lowest common denominator, and wallows in excessive violence and language, female stereotypes, drugs, product placement, and brain-dead sitcom humor. Bay's motto seems to be "bigger and louder."

Lawrence plays to his usual audience, but Smith hadn't yet found his sparkling star persona and comes across as a little arrogant here. Worse is the script concept that requires the two characters to pretend to "be" each other for the benefit of their murder witness. This leads to an excruciating series of fumbling, embarrassing jokes. Overall, the characters are not strong enough to provide any real emotional impact, and the violence and thrills are subsequently numbing.

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