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At Theaters: 6/7/2002 On Video: 11/12/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 51 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409926
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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Gaylord Oakes, a veteran CIA agent who must transform sarcastic, street-wise punk Jake Hayes into a sophisticated and savvy spy to replace his murdered identical twin brother, Kevin Pope. Oakes only has nine days to accomplish this "mission: improbable," before having to negotiate a sensitive nuclear weapons deal.
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Action Comedy - This is an action comedy that's full of the expected chases, shootouts, explosions, and wisecracks. Young audiences, particularly males, are more likely to enjoy than older ones though fans of the stars of any age should enjoy. Violent action and sexual innuendo may make the film inappropriate for very young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Anthony Hopkins HEARTS IN ATLANTIS, HANNIBAL, INSTINCT
Chris Rock OSMOSIS JONES, POOTIE TANG, DOWN TO EARTH
Gabriel Macht AMERICAN OUTLAWS
Peter Stormare WINDTALKERS
John Slattery TRAFFIC
Kerry Washington LIFT, SAVE THE LAST DANCE
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon TV's NYPD BLUE
Director: Joel Schumacher TIGERLAND, FLAWLESS, 8MM, PHONE BOOTH
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PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 1 GD, 15 S-words, and fairly frequent use of milder ones.
SEX/NUDITY: A scantily-clad woman and some mild sexual innuendo.
VIOLENCE: Plenty of shootings, and physical fights.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and cigarettes.
ACTION: Many chases, shootouts, and fights.
COMEDY: Frequent wisecracks; some off-color humor.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "Shrewd and unflummoxed even when undermined by the story's inherent stupidity, Rock is the patch of street smarts on which an even odder couple stand: Joel Schumacher directs with far less fetishism than he might have, while producer Jerry Bruckheimer kicks up only a fraction of the bull dust usually visible in his projects.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Below Average "Bad Company is intended to be one of those mismatched buddy movies, but it's a failure on every count. Hopkins gives a laid back performance that makes his work in The Remains of the Day seem energetic by comparison. Where's Hannibal when you need him?''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "I won't tell you I didn't enjoy parts of "Bad Company," because I did. But the enjoyment came at moments well-separated by autopilot action scenes and stunt sequences that outlived their interest. As for the theme of a nuclear device that might destroy New York, I have a feeling that after this generation of pre-9/11 movies plays out, we won't be seeing it much anymore.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Below Average "Anyone who pays to see this movie once Week 1 word gets around should be judged by the Company she — but mostly he — keeps. Even Rock's usually dependable diatribes aren't good for much more than four or five yuks.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 102 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
13
High
92%
13-19Teens (F)
8
High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
16
High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
25
High
92%
30+Adults (F)
33
High
97%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

I'm always glad to see that I'm off a little on my prediction when it's to the positive side. Moviegoers enjoyed "Bad Company" a little more than I thought they would.

With most of the opinions being "Excellent" it's obviously a movie I can highly recommend, but with a slight caution. As I predicted, there are quite a few "Good" opinions, and from our experience "Good" translates into an average to slightly above average movie. So some of you may not come away thinking it was an excellent movie, but you will likely come away satisfied.

I believe to truly enjoy "Bad Company," you really need to enjoy Chris Rock's style of humor. Also, you should not expect an intricate story and perfect script. If you go in expecting a light action/comedy you will not be disappointed.

Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This isn't by any means a great action film. In fact, there really aren't any truly great action scenes. But the pace of the story is probably quick enough to satisfy most moviegoers and it's very funny, sometimes. How funny it is depends on how well you like Chris Rock's style of humor.

Also, this isn't an especially realistic story. There are a lot of holes, which will likely only be noticeable to those of you who look for that sort of thing. For most moviegoers this will simply be a fun little comedy.

I predict most of the opinions will be "Very Good." There will probably be about half as many "Excellent" opinions as there are "Very Good" opinions. I doubt there will be very many opinions of "Fantastic." There will likely be quite a few "Good" opinions and even a few "Fair" opinions.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Agent Gaylord Oakes (Anthony Hopkins)  and Kevin Pope (Chris Rock) are partners and very high-level CIA agents who have been working a long time to stop a nuclear device fitted into a suitcase from falling into the wrong hands. The only way they can do this is to pretend to be buyers. Kevin Pope has been working under the name of Michael Turner, posing as an antiques dealer in Prague, gaining the confidence of a Russian black market seller, Adrik Vas (Peter Stormare). Pope introduces Vas to Oakes who is pretending to be an extraordinarily rich buyer.

Kevin is killed only nine days before the arranged purchase of the nuclear device and the only person that Adrik Vas trusts is Kevin. The CIA's plan is to find Kevin's twin brother, Jake, from whom he was separated at birth, and for Oakes to see if he can pass off Jake as Kevin to complete the mission.

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