Bad Boys for Life (2020)

Directed by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Action | Crime | Thriller

Most recently watched by sleestakk, sleestakk


Marcus and Mike are forced to confront new threats, career changes, and midlife crises as they join the newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami police department to take down the ruthless Armando Armas, the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel.

Rated R | Length 124 minutes


Joe Pantoliano | Michael Bay | Will Smith | Theresa Randle | Alexander Ludwig | Kate del Castillo | Vanessa Hudgens | Martin Lawrence | Lisa Ann Hadley | DJ Khaled | Paola Nuñez | Massi Furlan | Happy Anderson | Jennifer Badger | Bianca Bethune | Nicky Jam | Derrick Gilbert | Charles Melton | Jay Dubb | Jacob Scipio | Emily Towles | Scott Rapp | Jenin Gonzalez | Melissa Kennemore | Dennis Greene | Rashidi Alema

Viewing Notes

I hope they retroactively change the title when the next installment is released.

Welp I fucking love this movie. Will collect my thoughts later but this movie worked on so many levels for me.


One odd thing is that they jacked up the timeline for no good reason other than I guess they thought it wouldn’t matter? The events of the past according to a line a dialogue don’t add up to the original film re: how long Marcus and Mike have been partners. Really weird decision. Curious to hear the backstory on that (maybe on the eventual commentary track?).

I think I enjoy this movie the most of the three films. It doesn’t have Michael Bay’s hyper editing or leering camera, which I appreciated so you can see some of the action play out better and the women aren’t shot like pinups. However this movie also lacks the crispy freshness of the first movie and much of the snappy banter / chemistry from the previous two films. Wish they hadn’t waited so long to make a follow-up. The age in the characters shows particularly w/Martin Lawrence. That said, both he and Will Smith show up and are fully committed to these characters. This movie also looks great even w/o Bay’s typical gloss. I love love love the addition of the new characters. Paola Nuñez is sizzling and I dig Vanessa Hudgens in her role. 

I guess what I enjoy the most from this movie is the story beats that play out just like I’d want them to. Yes, they are predictable/obvious but I love that shit in these kinds of movies. And this movie is full of them that had me in tears during the final big setpiece, which is excellent (and looks like a sequence straight out of Uncharted). Seriously, I was exhausted by the end and my eyes were tired. We had a minimal crowd for a 3:15pm Tuesday screening and you could still hear the laughs and cheers from around the theater. Really made me regret not seeing this opening night/weekend w/a big crowd of BB faithfuls. It would’ve been a blast. Also the Dolby treatment between the D Vision and Atmos was outstanding. The seats were just shaking w/the tremendous audio. I’m tempted to see it again if I can get either Dolby or IMAX.


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