When "Bad Boys" came out 25 years ago, it helped launch the movie careers of then TV stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. This was before "Independence Day," "Men in Black," and um, "Big Momma's House." The buddy cop formula so popular in the 80s and 90s worked perfectly for them, and they were great together in it. The sequel eight years later, "Bad Boys II," remains a shocking exercise in glut, bad taste and disregard for decency and humanity that I kinda love.
* * * * * Incredible - One of the best of the year* * * * Excellent - Touches greatness with only minor quibbles* * * Good - Plenty to like, definitely worth seeing* * Mediocre - You can do better