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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
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
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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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
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?''
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
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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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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.