Bad Boys for Life
Director: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
Year Released: 2020
Seventeen years have flown by since the last Bad Boys movie - in 2003! - so here Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), older and a little wiser, have to deal with Mexican drug lady Isabel (Kate del Castillo) and her son Armando (Jacob Scipio) who want Mike gone (it turns out to be a personal vendetta). I always thought the first Bad Boys was a very good buddy movie with plenty of smart banter, and while the back-and-forth between Smith and Lawrence is still there (though not as sharp), the plot itself is garden variety action movie stuff (Adil and Bilall shoot it like it's a rap video and take time to admire the palm trees and shiny cars) with a big emphasis on Fatherhood and Settling Down and having to cooperate with those damn progressive Millennials (Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton) and their tattoos and non-lethal bullets and drone technology. I'm all for keeping good karma and personal responsibility and that kind of thing, but these are shoot-'em-ups and they should have some kind of bite. Might as well change the first word of the title to "Soft" and get it over with....