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At Theaters: 3/8/2002 On Video: 8/20/2002
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 34 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399903
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Bounty hunter Bucum Jackson is in hot pursuit of con man Reggie Reed. When their wild chase lands the pair right in the middle of a major diamond heist, Jackson and Reed are unexpectedly confronted with the opportunity of a lifetime. Teaming up, the duo decide to foil the diamond thieves but soon find themselves in over their heads and facing increasing danger.
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Action Comedy - Lots of action of all types, lots of gun play, lots of profanity and lots of wise cracks and other humor, pretty much sums up this movie. In other words, you get exactly what the prrviews show you.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Prod/Actor: Ice Cube FRIDAY, NEXT FRIDAY, THE PLAYERS CLUB
Mike Epps NEXT FRIDAY
Eva Mendes TRAINING DAY, EXIT WOUNDS
Tommy Flanagan BRAVEHEART, FACE/OFF
Carmen Chaplin THE SERPENT'S KISS
Valarie Rae Miller DARK ANGEL
Roger Guenveur Smith FINAL DESTINATION, MALCOLM X
Director: Kevin Bray Director of Music Videos
Producer: Matt Alvarez NEXT FRIDAY
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PROFANITY: Nearly non stop extreme profanity. LOTS of F-words!
SEX/NUDITY: Only one short sex scene and some skimpy clothes.
VIOLENCE: LOTS of fighting and shootouts throughout. Some graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A few drinks are shown. Certainly nothing excessive.
ACTION: Lots of action throughout! Car chases, fights and more!
COMEDY: Quite a few funny wise cracks.
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USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "The action unfolds at a frenetic pace — the cuts are quick, chase scenes careen and bullets fly — to the pulsing soundtrack of Latin-flavored and hip-hop tunes.  Such overkill might seem like an asset to teenage boys (and those who think like them). The rest of us are better off not wasting our Washingtons.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "Formulaic and a little slapdash, this picture is first and foremost a showcase for the rapport between straight man Ice Cube and motor-mouth Epps, last seen together in NEXT FRIDAY (1999). Their performances are loose-limbed and engaging, and most of the supporting cast follows suit''

Newsday  Full Review
Above Average "The story is slick, bloody and by-the-numbers. Still it satisfies, immersed in wily, scatological humor from its two leads.  ...its dark-edged crime caper plot is so formulaic as to seem almost ritualized. Yet Ice Cube and Mike Epps enact their standard odd-couple tango with such ease and brio, you'd think they'd never seen such movies before. A lot of generic thrillers could profit from their easy-does-it byplay."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 18 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
5
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
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100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
3
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100%
30+Adults (M)
5
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
3
High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Not a well attended movie. We were only able to collect 18 moviegoer opinions. These are some pretty high opinions. If this looks like your type of movie, I have no doubt that you will enjoy it, because it's exactly what the previews show it to be, lots of action and wise crack comedy.

The only negative comments were about the excessive amount of strong profanity, which is nearly constant. If you can tolerate that, I recommend "All the Benjamins."


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
There's a whole lot of money to be found in Miami, but Bucum Jackson (Ice Cube) has yet to discover his share of it. A maverick bounty hunter who refuses to take on a partner, Bucum's got a real attitude. Although his unorthodox methods of tracking down low-life criminals haven't exactly made him a favorite of the local cops, nonetheless he's the best man on the payroll at Martinez Bail Bonds.

Bucum's dream is to open his own private investigation firm, but for the time being he's stuck following the trail of small-time crooks, such as his current assignment, Reggie Wright (Mike Epps). A slippery con artist, Reggie has previously evaded Bucum's grasp – it's not the first time the pair has been on opposite sides of the law, but this time it will certainly be different.

The wild pursuit on which Reggie leads Bucum lands them both in the middle of a multi-million dollar diamond heist, with Reggie unexpectedly finding himself in the back of the getaway van driven by cold-hearted jewel thieves Ursula (Carmen Chaplin) and her partner Ramose (Roger Guenveur Smith). It seems these crooks have left a few dead bodies in the wake of their robbery, an unfortunate circumstance, especially when they find out the stolen $20 million worth of uncut diamonds turns out to be fake. This news isn't going to be well received by Williamson (Tommy Flanagan), the ruthless yacht-broker turned criminal who masterminded the robbery.

Reggie's flailing hysteria allows him to avoid being captured and he escapes in to the arms of his girlfriend Gina (Eva Mendes). Things start to look up for Reggie when the lottery ticket she convinced him to buy earlier is the sole winner of a $60 million jackpot! Unfortunately, their celebration will have to wait. The winning ticket is still in Reggie's wallet in the getaway van and has been recovered by the diamond thieves. It seems like Reggie's bad luck is back, especially when Bucum returns to take him in. But little does Bucum realize that the opportunity of a lifetime is about to present itself.

Reggie pleads with Bucum to forget the bounty and team up with him to find the missing lottery ticket. At first, his story doesn't fly. After all, the pair has a history and honesty isn't necessarily a big part of it. But if Reggie's telling the truth, then that's a whole lot of money. If not, Bucum's back up plan is to use him as bait to lure the criminals. Landing the crooks in jail might just win Bucum the fame and fortune he needs to set up his long-awaited P.I. firm. Either way, it's not a bad deal. With some $80 million at stake – counting the real stash of diamonds – Bucum and Reggie embark on an unlikely partnership that is clearly "all about the Benjamins." Can they trust each other? Probably not, but with so much cash at stake, it's a gamble Bucum can't resist.

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