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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 Paws

Bad Boys: Ride or Die

Columbia Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Westbrook Studios present an R rated, 115-minute, Action, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, written by Chris Bremner, Will Beall and George Callo with a theater release of June 7, 2024.

Just as the bad boys they are, this story starts off with a hot car and a blast as Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and his friend and partner Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) race to get to a special engagement on time. While Marcus is dancing it up on the floor at the event, he goes into cardiac arrest but when going through a life changing experience in death he discovers it is not quite his time yet. When he returns to his body, he feels he is unstoppable which worries Mike. Always fighting the Cartel in Miami once again they are back on the streets looking for a rat in the police force that is trying to frame their dead Captain Conrad Howard (Joe Pantoliano) as being on the side of the Cartel by depositing millions into his personal bank account.

Mike and Marcus are given clues that there is no way their ex-Captain was involved in dirty business so they visit Mike’s son Armando Aretas (Jacob Scipio) in prison to try and get some answers of who might be the rat in the force. Later when they try to move Armando from one prison to another for attempts on his life for being a snitch, he, Mike and Marcus find themselves on the run from the law and the Cartel. One problem, they know they cannot trust the Cartel to help them out but now they don’t know who to trust in the police force. Seeing that Captain Rita Secada (Paola Nunez) has always been on their side they figured she was trustworthy so they started working with her, Dorn (Alexander Ludwig) and Kelly (Vanessa Hudgens) to try and get the answers they need to smoke out the rat from within their own walls that is working with the Cartel and trying to frame their beloved Captain in his grave.

There is a lot of action in this film with traces of comedy laced in by Lawrence mainly. Smith plays more of the straight man role as their characters denote in the franchise. The film is directed well and the writing is great but they seemed at times by some of the other characters other than Larwence not to be able to deliver a joke and sometimes Lawrence was just too much crazy. Grant it some were a bit off the cuff and I think flew past the audience but when Lawrence delivered the audience was in stitches. Brilliant action takes place with a great score and some awesome back-drops filled with intrigue and some explosive scenes. There are a few animals used like a parrot and some alligators mainly doing what they do in normal life when given an opportunity to do so.

The families of Smith’s character, Christine (Melanie Liburd), a bit one dimensional, Armando, does a great job but loses character slightly in the end and the Lawrence family, Theresa (Tasha Smith) play well as supporting characters as does characters played by Tiffany Haddish, her bright and sly self, Eric Dane, who was maybe a slight mis-cast, Rhea Seehorn, who plays the U.S. Sheriff, Loan Gruffudd, who plays the boyfriend of Captain Secada and the Mayor of the city but overall it is Smith and Lawrence that superbly bring back ‘Bad Boys’ to the big screen and this one is better than the last. Trust me you will not be bored since the story is fast moving with some laughs and a lot of action and adventure.  By the way, There was a whole lot of slapping going on!

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