Rush Hour vs Bad Boys: What’s the best buddy cop flick?
Ah, the buddy cop action subgenre. No other type of film is more manly and action-packed, at least outside of an Arnold Schwarzenegger flick. In the 80s, the genre was launched with hit films like 48 hours with Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte along with Richard Donners Deadly Weapon directed by Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. As the mid 90’s rolled around, a couple of franchises sent the buddy cop genre straight into the fucking stratosphere!
In 1995, after a few years of making music videos, Michael Bay made his big screen debut with his directorial debut. Bad Boys, with comedian Martin Lawrence riding high above his TV sitcom Martin, and who better to work with than the man, the myth, the legend – Will Smith. The future megastar ended his impressive music career and headlined the best damn show of the ’90s with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Bad Boys would prove to be a massive hit – establishing Michael Bay as a household name, propelling Martin Lawrence into more hit comedies, and launching Will Smith as a summer blockbuster star for years to come. The film spawned two outstanding sequels – bad boys 2 and bad boys for life – with the fourth Bad Boys Film currently in pre-production. Wait a minute… how could you not call the fourth film Bad boys 4 lives? Man, it’s another case of rambo curse of the movie name…
In 1998, East meets West in another buddy cop box office buster. After a few failed attempts in the 80s to break into America with films like That cannonball barrel and the protector, Jackie Chan ended up hitting it big rumble in the Bronxwho made his long overdue Hollywood gig that led to his FIRST major studio blockbuster with Brett Ratner rush hour. Chan starred alongside the hilarious Chris Tucker, who found his step with the buddy stoner comedy Friday. The film cemented Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker as household names and spawned two worthy sequels. And if you ask us, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker should bring it back one more time. You can even call it Rush hour 4 lives! But today we are going to pit buddy cops against buddy cops to see who the best cops are. Let’s find out on… EXHIBIT!
This episode of Face Off was written by Jay Saint G, narrated by Shawn Knippelberg and edited by Stephen White. But let’s not have the last word – tell us in the comments which buddy cop action movie is your choice – rush hour or Bad Boys?
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