16 years ago, Bad Boys II impressed viewers with "everything loud, dumb, violent, sexist, racist, misogynistic, and homophobic that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay could can think of puking on screen," in the words of The Rolling Stone.

Now Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprise their roles as buddy cops Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Smith), but they promise it's for "one last time." We hope so. The full trailer for Bad Boys for Life opens with a flashy car, designer sunglasses, and Will Smith's biceps. Then there are recycled quips and dead, shot up bad guys and a lot of F-bombs, because these are cool cops who talk about toughing it out "in these streets" where "I've never trusted anybody but me" in suave voice-overs.

As far as the "plot" of Bad Boys for Life, truly who knows? Haphazard car chases, exploding staircases, and, oh hell yes, an exploding helicopter with a slow motion leap to safety?! Who cares what the plot is. Also, Vanessa Hudgens (yes, the High School Musical one), Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), and Charles Melton (Riverdale) join the veteran detectives as a newly formed "elite team" of youngsters who help the duo "take down the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel" (again, apparently). What kind of generational differences could possibly ramp up the tension after 16 years of the boys presumably up to their same old tricks? Again, who cares⁠—did we mention an effin' helicopter explodes?

At least directors Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi replace the overpaid pyromaniac Michael Bay. Be sure to catch Bad Boys for Life in theaters on Jan. 17 for stellar one-liners like, "We're not just black; we're cops, too. We'll pull ourselves over later."

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Will Smith

All you need to know

Full Name: Willard Carroll Smith Jr.

Date of Birth: September 25, 1968

Born: Philadelphia, PA

Occupation: Actor, rapper, producer

Status: Married to Jada Pinkett Smith (1997)

Children: 3

The Fresh Prince

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Television and the tall and talented Will Smith go together like peanut butter and jelly. The '90s were all about sitcoms - a genre perfectly suited for the silly and always-smiling Smith. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a six-season series that had fans eagerly tuning in to see the "West Philadelphia, born and raised" young Smith take a seat in the lap of luxury in ritzy Bel-Air. The premise was perfect for the decade and Smith couldn't have been better in the role. A breakout star with more than the small screen on his radar, Smith moved from television to film in a flash.

Moving Into Movies

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Smith has starred in some of the biggest blockbusters; he's a powerhouse at the box office. Fan favorites include Men In Black, Bad Boys, Independence Day, Ali, and Focus, to name a few, but the list is lengthy and the offers aren't running dry. When Smith is on screen, audiences rush to theaters for a much-needed laugh, a good thrill, or an action-packed performance delivered with Smith's "special sauce."

Famous Family

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Will isn't the only Smith with a famous name and fans worldwide. His wife, Jada Pinkett Smith is an A-list talent, with plenty of roles under her belt and looks that could kill. Smith's kids are in the biz too, from music to acting to modeling and more. Jaden and Willow are Smith's children with Jada, and he has an older son, Trey, from a previous relationship. The multi-talented and ridiculously attractive family was born to be in the spotlight.

Nifty at 50

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Smith just turned the big 5-0 and for the guy that has everything, there was only one way to celebrate…jump out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon! Not only was the feat impressive, but Smith did the deed for charity. A good spirit with a good heart. Alongside former co-star Alfonso Ribeiro and his wife, Smith took the plunge like a champ, proving age ain't nothin' but a number.

Rapping it Up

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Smith's success began with his music. Rapping as part of hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince put Smith on the map, leading to a solo career filled with songs we're still "Getting' Jiggy Wit." Smith's sense of humor paired with his knack for creating clever lyrics set to a fresh beat makes his songs relatable and memorable. Who doesn't still get a kick out of "Miami" or "Summertime?" Something about Smith's style is always entertaining and universally enjoyed.

What's in store for Smith? Basically whatever he sets his mind to. The 'Fresh Prince' will never get stale.


Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.



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