5 Reasons to Watch Bad Boys for Life

Do you remember the last movie you watched in cinemas? I do. It's Bad Boys for Life, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. I remember this was a spontaneous decision on my end that right after finishing my training at the gym, I decided I would treat myself to a movie first before heading home. Well I recently saw that it's now on Netflix and so as a fan of this action-comedy franchise, I am here to urge you to watch it! 

If you were too young or were not born yet when the first two movies came out (Bad Boys 1, 1995; Bad Boys 2, 2003), allow me to tell you what this movie is. I was still in elementary school when the first film came out so I saw the films years later on a VCD (OMG! Still a video cd! Those things are obselete now I imagine!😄)

Bad Boys is an action-comedy film about two old school narcotic cops from Miami, Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence). The third installment of Bad Boys movie came 25 years after the first release came out and became a box office hit. 

What to expect from this movie? Still plenty of action and explosions just like in the first two movies! Smith brings most of the action as he had done so in the first two installments. Also still a lot of laughs courtesy of Lawrence. 


When I heard there was going to be a third one, I was definitely excited to watch it. But considering so many years had passed, my hope was that the writers and the directors of this film would not f*ck it up. It would have been a shame to do another Bad Boys film and not live up to its legacy. 

Good thing it was as good as I had hoped it would be. Here are the things I liked about this movie: 

1. The dig at the actors' ages. 

Bad Boys for Life is where we catch up with Detectives Lowrey and Burnett at the end of their careers. Oh yeah. They're old men now! The scriptwriters of this movie made sure we knew that yes they were well aware that our hero cops are way older now compared to the first two films.

Case in points: 

1. Opening scene is of Mike and Marcus driving fast in a sports car as though they are in a police chase with some criminals but turns out, they were going to a hospital where Marcus' daughter has just given birth. If you watched Bad Boys 2, you'd remember the scene of Marcus and Mike being overprotective of her as a teenager with her then suitor, now father of her child, Reggie. 

2. During a race between Mike and Marcus, the captain bets on a muscle injury from either one of the two when asked who thinks would win. 

3. The AMMO squad are all younger saved for its head, Lt. Rita, Lowrey's ex-flame. Hear Smith's character make a remark about sleeping with one of the guys' mother after being slightly dissed for his age.  

4. Mike remarks to Marcus about wearing glasses and the latter after finally giving in, exclaims, it's like watching 3D! 

2. This movie is not just all action and laughter, it's got a heart

Now that Marcus is a grandpa, he's decided it was high time to retire which actually sets the internal conflict between him and his long time partner, Mike who still wants to keep being the bad ass cop, with guns ablazing, taking down criminals. 

And then there's that prayer scene where you'll see tears flowing from Marcus' eyes as he bargains with God to save Mike's life after he gets shot which thereby strips him off of his bulletproof Mike title. In the first two films, feelings were usually brushed off. Mike Lowrey's ex-girlfriend dies? He sighs and goes on a long drive with his porsche (Bad Boys 1). Marcus Burnett's younger sister gets kidnapped (Bad Boys 2), he exclaims "shit just got real" and races off to save her with Mike in tow of course.

You'll feel sad for Mike and Marcus when the latter rejects his partner's plea to come out of retirement and be bad boys one last time so they can find out together who was after Mike and give that motherf*cker what he deserves. There's a hurt in Lawrence's eyes as he rejects Mike. 


3. Mike Lowrey has a back story

The third film gives us a better understanding of Mike Lowrey and how he came to be. Turns out, villain Isabel and Mike were in love once and she taught him everything - how to act, how to dress, how to talk - she made Mike Lowrey. And he put her in jail! No wonder she was hell bent on seeking revenge. 

4. More Plot Twists! 

So yeah, turns out the back story of Isabel Aretas and Mike Lowrey isn't the only twist to the story. 

There's the death of the captain! That was a shocker. If you've seen the first two films, you'll know the captain, played by Joe Pantoliano, always loses his temper and has always seemingly been on an edge of a nervous breakdown because of Mike and Marcus' antics. But he treated them like family. In fact, in this movie, Captain Howard admits Mike Lowrey was like a son to him.

And Mike has a son with Isabel! Gasp! And that's who she sent out to kill him. 


Music also adds to how good a movie is. Like the two other films, this has a lot of hip hop and R&B songs to it. DJ Khaled, who also plays a role in the movie, was the music producer. I read that when it was first announced, it wasn't very welcomed by fans on social media. 

Still, you can't get their song, Bad Boys, out of your head. The song by Florida reggae group Inner Circle was first made popular by the TV show, Cops. 

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? whatcha gonna do when they come for you? 


And if you're clamoring for more Bad Boys, it seems there's going to be a fourth! The end credits hinted at such and the thought of that excites me! 


We ride together. We die together. Bad boys for life.


13 comments

Lisa's Notebook said...

I've never seen any of these films but it seems I've been missing out! I do love Will Smith, I know he can be annoying but he's just SO funny. Sounds like I need to get the earlier films now :)

Jupiter Hadley said...

I'll need to go watch it! Sounds like a great movie.

Liz said...

Yes Will Smith's funny and combined with Martin Lawrence's comedic chops, it makes for a real entertaining watch! You won't regret Bad Boys! :)

Anonymous said...

We really enjoyed that movie and your review is spot on!

Vinn said...

Geez, I watch this several times! Hands up for action-packed entertainment. ;)

Liz said...

Aw it is so awesome to hear about someone else who enjoyed the film!🙂

Margaret said...

Good review of a very entertaining movie! Thanks!

Margaret said...

Good review of an entertaining movie. Thanks!

Eddie said...

Ooo I didn't know this was on Netflix. I love the first 2 in the franchise. In my top 10 of favourite films. Thanks for sharing, sounds like it won't disappoint.

Alison said...

The Bad Boys movies are so fun to watch. I watched them both again last year. I haven't seen the newest one yet though! Sounds like it'll be good too. Will be so interesting to see if they go for a fourth one.

justkatie said...

Love this film and this is a great summary of it's highlights! Might need to watch it again after reading this...

Cherry Living said...

Wow this looks amazing! I'd definitely try to watch it this weekend during my free time x

Jen said...

This is a great movie suggestion! I love action movies like this, so I am definitely going to try them on the weekend. Thank you!