"Wild Police Thriller Marred by Too Much Obscenity"
What You Need To Know:
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE has lots of explosive action and humor. The story also contains some nicely written personal drama, which leads to several rewarding twists. Even better, the movie has strong Christian, moral content and references, including prayer and warnings about Hell. Despite this, BAD BOYS FOR LIFE is heavily marred by constant, excessive foul language, extreme bloody violence with lots of wild gunfights, and strong lewd comments intended for laughs.
In BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprise their roles as two Miami police detective fighting criminals. This time Will Smith’s character, Mike, almost gets killed by the son of a dead drug dealer’s wife who escapes the Mexican prison where Mike helped put her years ago. A member of a Mexican death cult, Isabel instructs her son from her hideout in Mexico City. She wants her son to target Mike for the maximum pain before he kills him, but her son jumps the gun and tries to shoot down Mike as soon as the son gets to Miami.
Mike, who doesn’t know the would-be killer’s identity, barely survives the murder attempt. Six months later, Mike tries to convince Martin Lawrence’s character, Marcus, to come out of retirement and help him catch the killer, who’s also murdered a judge and another policeman in the meantime. Marcus refuses, even when the killer strikes closer to home.
Can Mike convince Marcus to change his mind?
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE has lots of explosive action and lively humor, but it also has constant foul language and nonstop, often intense and sometimes bloody violence. However, the story contains some nicely written personal drama. Marcus, whose daughter just gave birth, wonders why Mike refuses to settle down with a woman and start his own family. Apparently, Mike at one time had a relationship with the female detective heading the team investigating the murder of the judge and the attempt on Mike’s life, but he broke it off. Mike keeps avoiding the question of why he won’t settle down. However, when he and Marcus learn that Isabel and her son are behind the murders and Mike’s attempted murder, Mike reveals some secrets about his past before he knew Marcus. He reveals that he was the undercover cop who helped put Isabel in jail more than 20 years ago and killed her husband, who was a make drug dealer in Mexico. This revelation leads to some rewarding plot twists.
Surprisingly, BAD BOYS FOR LIFE has some positive Christian references. For example, when Mike’s in surgery fighting for his life after being shot, Marcus goes to the hospital chapel and asks God to let his friend live. He promises God to stop using violence, and it’s one of the reasons behind his increased desire to retire from the police force. His promise leads to some funny moments later in the movie when it becomes clear that Isabel isn’t going to stop carrying out her ruthless desire for revenge. In fact, as the story plays out, Mike also reveals that Isabel is actually a witch in a Mexican death cult. So, eventually, the plot becomes a story of good versus demonic evil. At another point in the movie, Marcus warns Mike about going to Hell if he doesn’t change his ways. This dialogue about Hell is turned into a potent visual metaphor at the movie’s end.
Despite all the good in BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, the movie is filled with constant R-rated foul language, some extreme bloody violence with many intense gunfights and several strong lewd comments intended for laughs. All this objectionable content crosses the line. See the CONTENT section for more details.