Bad Boys 3: Sequel Overkill?

bad-boys-3It was reported on Tuesday that Sony is looking to bring the Bad Boys franchise back to the silver screen. And as the movie world goes, continued attempts at sequels are standard operating procedure now for almost any largely profitable film. But is Bad Boys really the well you want to keep drinking from?

Truthfully, another sequel has a lot working against it. The last installment hit theaters 10 years ago. And while it was popular during its time, another film would be a test of longevity. And let’s be honest, Martin Lawrence’s age is showing and he is out of shape. Would he still be believable as a cop?

Will Smith, on the other hand, is in much better shape than he was during the last outing. His star is even brighter than it was then, and brighter stars require bigger paychecks. Would he even want to do another movie? Unlike Independence Day 2, there’s no way it’s happening without him.

There are a lot of questions to be asked here, and there is no way that we’ll be getting any answers anytime soon. However, that won’t stop us from guessing.

So what would Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey be up to this time? I personally believe that Bad Boys III is a great idea, as long as it is executed well. If there is one thing that neither actor has lost it is their “funny.” And in this case, age and experience can be great assets if wielded correctly. I see Burnett (Lawrence) in some type of leadership role after his years on the force. His kids are pretty much grown and he lives a comfortable, mild-mannered life. Lowrey (Smith) has married Syd (Gabrielle Union) and is now experiencing life with small children. Just imagine Burnett trying to mentor Lowrey through the ups and downs of marriage and child rearing.

Then all that is needed would be some type of crime or threat that would require the two to team up again. I’m thinking maybe an old foe that they locked away is looking for revenge or someone kidnaps their family members. All standard action movie fare. Bonus points if any family members have to get in on the action at some point.

The point I am getting at is that the Bad Boys franchise has never been groundbreaking. The movies zig and zag in the exact same directions as every other action movie: there’s trouble, and a sequence of shootouts, explosions, and cursing will lead to the enemy’s ultimate defeat. The magic has always been in the banter and chemistry between Will and Martin.

So should there be a third installment? Sure. Why not. Much worse movies have been made than whatever the screenwriters will come up with. Just get Will Smith and Martin Lawrence together and blow some things up.

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.