It’s 2 AM and you awake with a jerk, alone in your fully-lit apartment and still on the couch. On TV, the credits of some movie you’ve already seen a billion times are scrolling by. It feels like rock bottom. And we know, because we’re just like you: single.
Need a movie to keep you company until you literally can’t keep your eyes open? Join us tonight when we pass out to Bad Boys (starting @ 12:00 on HBO-Z – TWC 206)
Why we’ll try to stay up and watch it: It’s hard to remember now, but there was a time way back in the mid-nineties when Will Smith wasn’t the biggest star in the world. It’s true! In 1995, he was just another successful television actor trying to segue into movies. And what better way to start your career as an A-lister than with a hard-R action/buddy comedy where you get second billing to Martin Lawrence!
Bad Boys was Will Smith’s real introduction to the multiplex crowd and in hindsight, it seems like a crazy idea. Can you imagine John Krasinski deciding to make a movie with Zach Braff, where the only thing higher than the body count is the amount of f-words tossed around?
A large reason for the films success is the natural chemistry between cool and suave Mr. Smith and manic and slapsticky Mr. Lawrence. But we’ll give the ultimate credit to Michael Bay. Bad Boys was Mr. Bay’s first foray into big budget studio films and he treated it like it was his last. Seriously, this movie is b-a-n-a-n-a-s from an action standpoint. Car chases, multiple gunfights, too many explosions to even count. The dude literally blows up an airplane hanger full of ether at the end! We can’t wait until midnight!
When we’ll probably fall asleep: We’ll force ourselves to stay awake until the ridiculous chase scene that happens 85 minutes in, at 1:25 AM. Will Smith outruns a moving car, the Eurotrash bad guy knocks over a bunch of wheelchair basketball players and Michael Bay’s camera swoops under and around our heroes in extreme slow motion. If anything is more awesome than that, we don’t know what it is.