Bad Boys Film Details
Overview: Chicago crime kid Mick O’Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing a rival’s kid brother.
Tagline: There’s Only One Person Left Who Believes Mick O’Brien Can Make It… Mick O’Brien.
Review: Bad Boys certainly has a lot going for it on many levels, but there are enough implausible moments in the script that keep it from any type of “classic” status. The story centers around Sean Penn playing an angry and violent young hood from the streets of Chicago getting sent to a tough juvenile detention center after accidentally killing a young boy during a botched robbery attempt. The balance of the story deals with Penn adjusting to his new confinement and having to prove how tough he is again and again. Once he has established himself as the toughest kid in the place, the plot is turned on its side. The older brother of the boy he killed (Morales) is also sent to the facility… for raping and almost killing Penn’s girlfriend as revenge for the boy’s death! From the moment he arrives, everyone knows that the score will have to be settled once and for all. Who will survive?? Yes, its a pretty good premise, but too many detours are taken before the anticipated climax finally arrives. And many of them just don’t make sense. First of all, there is no doubt that Penn’s character is one tough punk. Yet he is just not physically imposing enough to be the “barn boss” as the toughest inmate is called. Yes, he whips the two punks who once held the title in a crafty manner, but there would no doubt have been many others waiting in line for that title. Another problem deals with Penn’s escape attempt. After learning of his girlfriend’s rape, he actually breaks out of the facility and somehow is able to make it all the way back to Chicago from the location several miles out in the country. Even if he were actually able to do this (which wouldn’t be likely), notice how once he’s captured and returned to the lockup, they don’t even punish him!! Uh huh! I’m guessing the escape and brief rendezvous with the badly bruised girlfriend were meant to establish some sort of motivation for Penn wanting to kill Morales. But honestly, would this type of character need such motivation? Not likely. In addition, Penn is momentarily taken to the state prison for adults and warned that this is the path he is headed down if he screws up again. And apparently this is why he initially refuses to fight Morales when he first arrives at the facility. Penn just wants to do his remaining time and split. Again, not likely. A guy like this would not hesitate to accept a challenge from any man who violated his woman. Another problem deals with how Morales and Penn are left in the same cell block right up to the moment Morales is about to be transferred to another facility. Wouldn’t it have been a better idea to keep the two sequestered from one another, even if it meant putting one of them in the hole for a while??? But then we couldn’t have had our final fight then, could we? Oh, well. There are a lot of good aspects of this film, too. The acting is outstanding, the casting is picture perfect, and the locations look authentic. The film is full of surprises, and a lot of them work. The Jewish whiz-kid who shares a cell with Penn steals every scene he’s in. Look for a young Clancy Brown as the yard boss de-throned by Penn. Ally Sheedy gives a good performance, but she doesn’t look like she belongs in that neighborhood! And I like the fact that the film doesn’t try to make Penn or any of the others out to be misunderstood kids. They are all rotten to the core and deserve their punishment! Despite some flaws with the script, Bad Boys is still worth at least 7 of 10 stars. The Hound.
Country: United States
Duration: 123 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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