Bad Boys Is 20 Years Old – ManlyMovie

Bad Boys Is 20 Years Old


It is now 20 years since Michael Bay’s Bad Boys had its theatrical run.  And seriously, woah, that long?

The American action comedy film was produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, producers of Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop.  And for a modest budget, the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence dual-role actioner buddy cop movie made 141 million.  That budget was only 19 million.

This is actually drawing up strong feelings of nostalgia right now writing this.  I just happened to be reading about Bruckheimer and realised this anniversary is current at 20 years.  1995 was one hell of a year, hotter than hell and with Rated-R actioners like this still in play.

Remember?  Under Siege 2, Die Hard With a Vengeance?

I didn’t enjoy Bad Boys II so much.  I am not sure why exactly.  But really, happy birthday Bad Boys and here’s to 1995.  Have a cold one on this one, gents…


  1. jim

    April 15, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    It’s crap.Compare and contrast to the infinitely superior 48hrs made a dozen years earlier. That’s a vertiginous collapse in any man’s language.

    • Barney Ross

      April 15, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      48 Hours is a masterpiece, so is Bad Boys.

  2. Mainline DnB

    April 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Bad Boys II was just excess, literally turning the volume up to 11 and then turning it up by another 11 just for good (bad) measure. The first is also a big dumb noisy film, but it has better pacing, structure and the leads manage to generate a certain amount of charm, rather than being downright unlikeable sons of bitches in the sequel. Both films are straightforward brainless entertainment, but by comparison, the sequel makes the first look like Beverly Hills Cop.

  3. Jacob Phillips

    April 15, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Have to admit I watched this when I was just a teenager and didn’t care for it. Even back then I was pretty unforgiving. Jerry Bruckheimer is generally a name to avoid in my book.

    • Barney Ross

      April 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      What???? Did you just forget he produced THE ROCK??? The Rock is one of the best movie ever and he also produced Beverly Hills Cop, you’re wrong…He even produced CON AIR. Bruckheimer is a legend no doubt.

      Bad Boys 2’s budget is 170 Million if you ajust for inflation and R RATED too, that guy got balls bigger than anyone after 00’s.

      • jim

        April 15, 2015 at 10:01 pm

        Bruckheimer is to movies what rabies is to dogs. What christmas is to turkeys. What islam is to western civilization. He is pure poison. I’m not sure any big player has his name on more worthless crap than Bruckheimer.

  4. Barney Ross

    April 15, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Bad Boys is a masterpiece, FACT.

    • The Night Rider

      April 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      I wouldn’t say masterpiece but better than 90% of Bay movies. The Rock is his best, by far.

      • Barney Ross

        April 15, 2015 at 7:43 pm

        Yes it is better than bad Boys by far, Bay sucks since 2004 but i have big respect for BAD BOYS and THE ROCK. These 2 movies shits on pretty much anything made after 1999…

        • Jacob Phillips

          April 16, 2015 at 2:50 pm

          Maybe you’re right about Jerry. I am going to revisit The Rock. It’s another one I remember watching years ago but not really enjoying at the time, however I am gonna give it another try, not least because it stars Michael Beihn and I’ve not seen him anything particularly good for a long time.Just looking at Bruckheimer’s resume on IMDB and a lot of it is what I think of as noisy, crowd pleasing crap to be honest – Armageddon? Pirates of the Carribean? Pearl Harbour? Really?? Admittedly I’ve not seet the latter two in full, but the clips/trailers that I have seen were enough. And CSI – come on, it’s unadulterated shit!

  5. Barney Ross

    April 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Bad Boys 2 is good, better than most 00’s action movies, in particular 10x better than that trash called Die Hard 4. One of the biggest budget R rated movie.

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    April 15, 2015 at 7:05 pm

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  7. Mucho Macho

    April 15, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I am a fan of Bad Boys. Liked the sequel as well , although i think #1 is a better movie.
    (There’s also another movie titled BadBoys staring Sean Penn from 1983 thats about inmates & is actually really good..worth checkin out)
    * it’s kinda amazing how movies & so much of the world has change in the last decade plus years. What i don’t get about kids today is this. In my youth video games like mario bros, Pacman , donkey kong, etc were popular. But we loved hard action movies.
    Now video games are bloody as fuck but they don’t like their action movies so realistic. I was talkin to some1 not long ago that loved “Call of Duty” but said he didn’t care for Rambo & that still baffles the shit out of me.
    *Anyways…time is movin wayyy too fast. It’s almost summer & it seems we brought in the new year just last week!
    Btw..u can tell Will Smith had not gone completely egocentric yet cause he let Lawrence get Top Billing. Now..he didn’t do “Django Unchained” with Tarantino cause he didn’t take the final shot..mofo please

    • N-Shifter

      April 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      I liked both Bad Boys movies as well, obviously the first one is superior but the second still has some hilarious scenes that to this day still make me chuckle e.g. The scene where he opens the door to his daughter’s date (kills me every time) and the whole Martin Lawrence on ecstasy scenario is brilliant 🙂

      Totally agree with you in regards to gaming/movies from our youth, it was nothing to go from cutesy cartoon gaming to sitting watching The Terminator, Mad Max, Aliens etc. albeit being wayyyy to young to watch them. Most kids have no interest in the story in movies these days, there’s no patience for building up to the action, it has to happen now and it has to be constant or they lose interest.

      When watching older movies with my son I’m constantly reassuring him to “just wait, it’s all going to kick off”. To his credit, he does wait and ends up enjoying the classics that he’s endured with me. Blade Runner was tough as you can imagine, but since the first viewing he’s asked to watch it again and it’s always a proud moment having your son quote movies that you love; the time he part quoted Rutger’s speech about the things he’d seen when his friend asked what Disney Land was like floored me lol

      • Mucho Macho

        April 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm

        *Ur a good man & father..
        *i told that to a buddy of mine..”why don’t u show him this or that?
        the kid is like 11 & is still in cartoons & kiddie crap…& i’m like at least show him “Rocky”.
        it was a golden era for manly movies & its cool u do that.
        *remember “swordfish”? Theres an explosion after travolta’s opening speech..takes what 4-5 minutes? I was in a group & 1 of my friends goes “wheres the explosion i heard about?!”
        I was like “dude…its been 2 fuckin minutes!!”
        *imagine the original die hard today? It will be pg13..shakey cam & 85 minutes.
        *btw..Martin Lawrence on his old tv show as Sheneneh always made me laugh