It’s been 16 years since the last Bad Boys movie, which should have been enough time to get Inner Circle’s “Bad Boys” out of our head. Well, prepare for the earworm to reenter. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back as the cops who never seem to have to fill out paperwork and they’re ready to pile up the bodies and the laughs. Dropping its first trailer on Wednesday, Bad Boys For Life simultaneously makes us want to book a vacation to and never step foot in Miami.
The latest instalment in the Bad Boys series features Detective Mike Lowrey (Smith) going through a midlife crisis while his partner Detective Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) has been promoted to police inspector and is ready to finally retire. Lowrey convinces his former partner to reunite with him one more time to take down a Miami drug cartel boss, giving Burnett the chance to leave a legacy of “body shots and bodies.” Whatever happened to getting a nice watch as a retirement gift?
In addition to Smith and Lawrence, film also brings back franchise veteran Joe Pantoliano as the ever-frustrated Captain Howard. Newcomers to Bad Boys For Life include Vanessa Hudgens, The Hunger Games’ actor Alexander Ludwig, and Riverdale star Charles Melton, who are featured in the cheeky ending to the trailer. The young actors play newbie cops who try to get into the spirit of police duty by singing the Cops theme song, an act that is quickly and hilariously stopped by Lawrence and Smith. “No, never, y’all will never do that again,” says Smith, with Lawrence adding, “And you f—ing up the lyrics, which take a long time to learn.”
Hudgens shared a smiling snap from the set of Bad Boys For Life, which included the film’s stars as well as directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
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The new film has been in development for years, and is the first in the franchise to not be directed by Michael Bay. The first Bad Boys debuted in 1995 and grossed $141 million at the box office worldwide, while the second film was even more successful, earning $273 million worldwide.
It will be interesting to see how the latest Bad Boys flick stacks up to it predecessors, but considering our box office affinity for reboots, it should do well. In an interesting turn, both Smith and Lawrence have Bad Boys 4 listed on their IMDb pages, so it looks like Sony Pictures is planning on the new film being a hit. Plus, now we don’t have to worry about either lead actor dying at the end of the film. So, that takes some stress away from the movie-watching experience.
Bad Boys For Life illegally parks in theatres on January 17, 2020.