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BAD BOYS FOR LIFE (2020) – My rating: 8/10

Bad Boys for Life is an action-comedy. The film was directed by Adil & Bilall, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Smith, and Doug Belgrad. It is the sequel to Bad Boys II (2003) in the Bad Boys franchise. The film follows the Bad Boy detectives reuniting once again when someone starts murdering people involved in an old case.

When the widow, Isabel Aretas (Kate del Castillo) of deceased drug cartel kingpin, Benito is broken out of a Mexican prison, officials from police officers to judges are being murdered.  Meanwhile, Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) accompanies his partner Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) to see his newborn grandson at a local hospital. There, Marcus informs Mike he intends to retire, as he is getting too old for the job and wants to share in his grandson’s raring.  A party is thrown celebrating the newborn (also named Marcus) after which Mike is shot by Isabel’s son, Armando Aretas (Jacob Scipio). Mike goes into a coma for several months.  Upon Mike’s recovery, he is out for revenge and unsuccessfully tries to talk Marcus, (who has already retired) into unretiring to form their bad boy’s team one last time.

The film is totally unbelievable and full of Smith’s infamous, egotistical outbursts.  There are lots of funny lines and lots of funny scenes.  Older folks are known for calling a spade a spade, which Lawrence does throughout the movie.  Lines like “Ride Together, Die Together, Bad Boys for Life” or “We’re not just black, we’re cops too. We’ll pull ourselves over later” and “I’m married. That’s what married means. It means you sleep together, but you can’t get none”, are what makes his character so loveable, yet so annoying.  There are significant chase scenes as well as special effects. I enjoyed the movie and was well entertained.  There are some surprises and I hear there’s going to be a fourth sequel.  If I’m right, there’s going to be a big surprise as to who might take Lawrence’s place.  We’ll just have to wait and see. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 76% based on 238 reviews and an average rating of 6.21/10. The website’s critics consensus reads: “Loaded up with action and a double helping of leading-man charisma, Bad Boys for Life reinvigorates this long-dormant franchise by playing squarely to its strengths.”  As of February 13, 2020, Bad Boys for Life has grossed $170 million in the United States and Canada, and $170.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $340.3 million, against a production budget of $90 million. It is both the highest-grossing film in the Bad Boys franchise and the highest-grossing film released in January. I think you will enjoy Bad Boys for Life — Check It Out!