Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) is from a rich family but is now a cop, and quite a playboy. His partner, Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) is a family man. When a whole heap of drugs are stolen from the evidence room, their boss Captain Howard (Joe Pantoliano) tasks them with finding it before it hits the fan. Things happen, they end up with a witness, Julie Mott (Tea Leoni) who thinks Mike is Martin and vice versa and things get somewhat crazy.
There are crazy big plot holes, there is no way that these police would begin to function in the real world. It’s totally ridiculous, and it doesn’t hold up for me at all, no matter how much I love Will Smith. But, as long as you don’t watch it as a crime drama in any way, shape or form, but instead as a comedy with lots of explosions, it’s okay. It’s really worth skipping through to the last ten minutes for the fun time explosive, shoot ‘em up show down.
Lately, for no known reason, I have been re-watching films which I didn’t much like the first time. Seems ridiculous, I know. Having spent an hour and a half of my life watching something crap, why repeat it? Yet, several of these films that I didn’t like first time, I’ve really enjoyed second time around. Like this film.
The story goes that Dick (Jim Carey) and Jane (Tea Leoni) are a wealthy couple with a small child in a suburb where everything is about keeping up with the neighbours. Then, Dick is put into a position of being the face of a company that suddenly crashes due to nefarious dealings by the company head, Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwin) and their lives unravel.
It is much more cleverly written than I recall. I think that it could have been a far better film with the same premise had it been a lot less over-the-top, however perhaps losing the physical comedy and ridiculousness would destroy any way of making the film work. I do like Jim Carey, although this is far from his best role. I doubt I’ll ever watch it again, but if it comes on telly and there’s nothing else on, I’ll probably have a chuckle or two.