Throwback Thursday: Bad Boys 2
Since today is the birthday of Martin Lawrence, I thought it in good taste to take a look at one of his most successful films to date; Bad Boys II.
It has been eight years since Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery saved that white girl from the European dude and now they’ve been promoted to Lt., or was it detective? Ah, who cares. The point is that they’re still on the police force and apparently working together even after all these years. They’re still telling the same jokes too. Which is kind of sad considering both actors have a history in comedy yet the entire film feels like it should have happened three days after the original. The only difference being that Martin Lawrence is noticeably fatter and Will Smith is now “kicking it” with Dwayne Wade’s wife. He’s going to be pissed!
So the story picks up with Lowery and Burnett attempting to put a stop to the Ecstasy trade in Miami and finds them going head to head with crazy Latin drug kingpin Hector Juan Carlos “Johnny” Tapia. Yes, that is a long as name. So Tapia has ignited a war with a bunch of the other drug lords and now he’s battling with the police but more importantly for us, he’s battling against the Fresh Prince and Big Momma!
Admittedly, I’ve never been the biggest fan of Bad Boys II. I think the first one is an incredible film which ended up being the breakout role for Will Smith but I think the second one is as stale as it gets. The one thing it has going for it is the amount of money they put into it to guarantee it’s success. The film cost over $130 million and much of that seems to have been invested in usual Michael Bay manner; explosions. Everything in this film is explosive. To anyone under the age of 17 it is probably a great film but it’s just not my favorite. Either way, it is Martin Lawrence’s birthday and I won’t let that go by without checking out a few snapshots from behind the scenes of Bad Boys II.