Bad Boys: Ride or Die

Bad Boys: Ride or Die

2024, R, 110 min. Directed by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah. Starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Paola Núñez, Eric Dane, Ioan Gruffud, Rhea Seehorn.

REVIEWED By Matthew Monagle, Fri., June 7, 2024

Four years may seem like a long time between sequels in modern Hollywood, but when you’re talking about the Bad Boys franchise, that kind of turnaround time is practically a rush job. Given the 8- and 17-year gaps between the previous films, Bad Boys: Ride or Die is probably the least we’ll ever see these characters age between films.

Since we last left Miami’s bad boy police officers, Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are embracing getting older. Mike is now married, and Marcus’ biggest source of heartache is the low-carb diet he’s been put on by his family. But when the late Captain Howard (Joe Pantoliano) reaches out to both men from beyond the grave, they soon find themselves embroiled in a statewide conspiracy that will require them to once more join forces with Armando (Jacob Scipio), Mike’s incarcerated son.

At this point, the Bad Boys movies are doing a lot of the same things that the Fast and the Furious franchise has done. They expand the cast of regulars, move characters from villains to heroes, and raise the volume on the action sequences to a thunderous level. But that’s the benefit of starting a franchise at the loudest possible volume. Bad Boys came out of the gate unhinged, spending most of its original runtime on a millionaire cop who shoots people for fun and his oversexed partner who complains about his dead bedroom nonstop. It was bad – really bad – but it ensured that the most ridiculous narrative beats had nowhere to go but down.

If anything, Bad Boys is the Fast and the Furious franchise in reverse. These characters have gotten more grounded with time, and Bad Boys: Ride or Die continues its attempts to humanize Mike by giving him a well-placed panic attack (the tuberculosis of modern action movies: freeze and rally). The series also slyly sidesteps discourse around police movies by putting an on-the-run Mike and Marcus against corrupt law enforcement officers in bed with the cartel. We’ve come a long way from the post-9/11 politics of Bad Boys II; instead of using terrorism to justify any means, Bad Boys: Ride or Die’s plot is constructed around the unchecked systems of power that flourished in the early 2000s.

And much credit also belongs to directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the returning directors of Bad Boys for Life, for successfully rehashing a style of filmmaking we thought past its prime. Adil & Bilal – as they are credited onscreen – may be Michael Bay’s greatest students. Both of their Bad Boy films adopt the maximalist stylization of the original films while staging the action sequences in longer takes. This is Michael Bay for the John Wick generation: bombastic filmmaking at its finest with complex, multi-level action sequences that give the stunts room to breathe. One early near-death sequence in particular spotlights an eye for craft that only starts with car crashes and explosions.

If Bad Boys for Life shocked audiences and critics with its relevance, then Bad Boys: Ride or Die proves that the window for this franchise is, despite all odds, very much still open. As long as the creative team sticks to the script – and Columbia Pictures would be foolish to try and make these movies without Adil & Bilal behind the camera – we may still get one or two more of these movies before the cast has to call it quits. Or at least until they stop dying Will Smith’s goatee on-camera.

Showtimes

Sun., June 16

digital 11:15am, 1:05, 4:05, 7:20, 9:15, 10:20

Mon., June 17

digital 1:00, 4:15, 7:20, 10:40

Tue., June 18

digital 1:35, 4:40, 7:40, 10:45

Wed., June 19

digital 1:10, 4:10, 7:25, 8:45, 10:45

Sun., June 16

digital 1:35, 4:45, 7:45

Mon., June 17

digital 1:20, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Tue., June 18

digital 1:20, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Wed., June 19

digital 1:20, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sun., June 16

digital 10:00am, 1:00, 4:20, 7:20, 9:30

Mon., June 17

digital 10:40am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30

Tue., June 18

digital 12:50, 3:55, 6:35, 10:05

Wed., June 19

digital 12:45, 7:40, 10:05
digital, OC 4:10

Sun., June 16

digital 1:25, 4:30, 7:35, 10:40

Mon., June 17

digital 1:10, 4:20, 7:35, 10:40

Tue., June 18

digital 1:10, 4:20, 7:35, 10:40

Wed., June 19

digital 1:10, 4:20, 7:35, 10:40

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson #701, 512/861-7030, www.drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sun., June 16

digital 12:35, 3:50, 7:00, 10:00

Mon., June 17

digital 11:25am, 3:25, 7:00, 10:00

Tue., June 18

digital 12:45, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10

Wed., June 19

digital 11:25am, 3:25, 7:00, 10:00

AMC Dine-In Tech Ridge 10

12625 N. I-35, 512/640-1533, www.amctheatres.com

Sun., June 16

CC/DVS, digital 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:45, 5:45, 7:30, 8:30, 9:45, 10:30

Mon., June 17

CC/DVS, digital 11:30am, 12:30, 2:15, 3:15, 5:00, 6:00, 7:45, 9:00

Tue., June 18

CC/DVS, digital 11:30am, 12:15, 2:15, 3:15, 5:00, 6:00, 7:45, 8:45, 10:30

Wed., June 19

CC/DVS, digital 11:30am, 12:15, 2:30, 3:15, 4:45, 5:15, 8:00, 9:00

Thu., June 20

CC/DVS, digital 11:45am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:15

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sun., June 16

CC/DVS, digital 11:00am, 12:15, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 8:30, 10:00, 11:00
CC/DVS, IMAX 9:15

Mon., June 17

CC/DVS, digital 11:45am, 1:00, 2:30, 3:45, 4:45, 7:30, 9:15
CC/DVS, IMAX 10:30

Tue., June 18

CC/DVS, digital 12:15, 2:00, 3:00, 4:45, 5:45, 7:30, 8:30, 9:15
CC/DVS, IMAX 10:30

Wed., June 19

CC/DVS, digital 11:15am, 12:15, 2:00, 3:00, 4:45, 5:45, 8:30, 9:15
CC/DVS, IMAX 10:30
digital, OC 7:30

Thu., June 20

CC/DVS, digital 11:45am, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

Fri., June 21

digital, OC 11:00am

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sun., June 16

digital 8:45am, 9:10am, 11:55am, 12:20, 2:55, 3:30, 4:40, 6:05, 6:40, 7:35, 9:00, 10:35

Mon., June 17

digital 9:20am, 9:55am, 11:40am, 12:20, 12:50, 2:35, 3:30, 3:55, 5:30, 6:40, 8:25, 9:05, 9:50

Tue., June 18

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Wed., June 19

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Thu., June 20

digital 10:25am, 1:25, 4:30, 7:35, 10:30

Fri., June 21

digital 10:40am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:40

Sat., June 22

digital 10:40am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:40

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sun., June 16

digital 9:40am, 12:50, 1:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20, 10:45

Mon., June 17

digital 9:40am, 10:45am, 12:50, 1:50, 3:50, 4:45, 7:10, 7:50, 10:20

Tue., June 18

digital 9:40am, 10:45am, 12:50, 1:50, 3:50, 4:45, 7:10, 7:50, 10:20

Wed., June 19

digital 9:40am, 10:45am, 12:50, 1:50, 4:00, 4:45, 7:10, 7:50, 10:20

Thu., June 20

digital 9:40am, 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20

Fri., June 21

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Sat., June 22

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Sun., June 16

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Tue., June 18

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Wed., June 19

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Thu., June 20

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Fri., June 21

digital 10:15am, 1:20, 4:25, 7:30, 10:25

Sat., June 22

digital 10:15am, 1:20, 4:25, 7:30, 10:25

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sun., June 16

digital 9:25am, 10:00am, 11:10am, 12:20, 1:00, 2:15, 3:15, 4:10, 5:10, 6:10, 7:15, 10:20

Mon., June 17

digital 10:00am, 11:10am, 12:20, 1:00, 2:15, 3:15, 4:10, 5:10, 6:10, 7:15, 8:05, 10:20

Tue., June 18

digital 10:00am, 11:10am, 12:20, 1:05, 2:15, 3:15, 4:10, 5:10, 6:10, 7:15, 8:05, 10:20

Wed., June 19

digital 10:00am, 11:10am, 12:20, 1:05, 2:15, 3:15, 4:10, 5:10, 6:10, 7:15, 8:05, 10:20

Thu., June 20

digital 10:00am, 1:05, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20

Fri., June 21

digital 10:00am, 1:05, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20

Sat., June 22

digital 10:00am, 1:05, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., June 16

digital 9:35am, 10:30am, 11:25am, 12:40, 1:25, 3:45, 4:20, 5:20, 6:50, 7:15, 9:55, 10:10

Mon., June 17

digital 9:35am, 10:30am, 11:25am, 12:40, 1:25, 2:20, 3:45, 4:20, 5:20, 6:50, 7:15, 8:30, 9:55, 10:10

Tue., June 18

digital 9:35am, 10:30am, 11:25am, 12:40, 1:25, 2:20, 3:45, 4:20, 5:20, 6:50, 7:20, 8:30, 9:55, 10:30

Wed., June 19

digital 10:30am, 11:25am, 12:20, 1:25, 2:20, 3:25, 4:20, 5:15, 6:30, 7:20, 8:10, 9:35, 10:15

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Sun., June 16

digital 10:05am, 1:05, 4:05, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00

Mon., June 17

digital 10:45am, 1:05, 4:05, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00

Tue., June 18

digital 10:05am, 1:05, 4:05, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00

Wed., June 19

digital 10:45am, 1:05, 4:05, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00

Sun., June 16

digital 11:50am, 1:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Mon., June 17

digital 11:50am, 1:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Tue., June 18

digital 11:50am, 1:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Wed., June 19

digital 11:50am, 1:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Thu., June 20

digital 11:50am, 1:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Sun., June 16

digital 12:10, 2:55, 5:35, 8:45

Mon., June 17

digital 10:35am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35

Tue., June 18

digital 1:35, 4:35, 7:35

Wed., June 19

digital 10:35am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Ste. A-100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/belterra

Sun., June 16

digital 10:15am, 12:55, 3:35, 6:15, 8:55

Mon., June 17

digital 10:15am, 12:55, 3:35, 6:15, 8:55

Tue., June 18

digital 10:15am, 12:55, 3:35, 6:15, 8:55

Wed., June 19

digital 10:15am, 12:55, 3:35, 6:15, 8:55

Thu., June 20

digital 10:15am, 12:55, 3:35, 6:15, 8:55

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sun., June 16

digital 10:30am, 11:35am, 2:20, 4:15, 5:05, 6:30, 7:50, 9:15, 10:35

Mon., June 17

digital 10:35am, 11:35am, 1:30, 2:20, 4:10, 5:05, 6:30, 7:50, 9:15, 10:35

Tue., June 18

digital 10:45am, 11:45am, 1:30, 4:15, 5:30, 7:15, 8:15, 10:05, 11:00

Wed., June 19

digital 10:40am, 12:15, 3:05, 4:15, 6:45, 8:45, 9:30, 10:35

Film Alley Bastrop

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, bastrop.filmalley.net/

Sun., June 16

digital 11:00am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:30

Mon., June 17

digital 11:00am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:30

Tue., June 18

digital 11:30am, 2:15, 5:15, 8:05

Wed., June 19

digital 10:45am, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Sun., June 16

digital 11:00am, 12:25, 3:00, 3:35, 6:05, 6:45, 9:15, 10:00

Mon., June 17

digital 10:15am, 11:00am, 12:25, 2:00, 3:35, 5:45, 6:45, 9:00, 10:00

Tue., June 18

digital 10:15am, 11:00am, 12:25, 2:00, 3:35, 5:45, 6:45, 9:00, 10:00

Wed., June 19

digital 10:15am, 11:00am, 12:25, 2:00, 3:35, 5:45, 6:45, 9:00, 10:00

Thu., June 20

digital 10:15am, 11:00am, 12:25, 3:35

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Sun., June 16

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 4:00, 6:15, 7:10, 9:00, 10:00
digital, dubbed 9:30

Mon., June 17

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 4:00, 6:15, 7:10, 9:00, 9:55
digital, dubbed 9:45

Tue., June 18

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 4:00, 6:15, 7:10, 9:00, 9:55
digital, dubbed 9:45

Wed., June 19

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 4:00, 6:15, 7:10, 9:00, 9:55
digital, dubbed 10:00

Thu., June 20

digital 10:15am, 1:00

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., June 16

digital 10:40am, 11:45am, 2:45, 4:35, 6:00, 9:30, 10:30

Mon., June 17

digital 11:45am, 2:35, 4:10, 6:00, 9:30, 10:05

Tue., June 18

digital 11:45am, 2:35, 4:10, 6:00, 9:30, 10:05

Wed., June 19

digital 11:45am, 2:35, 4:10, 6:00, 9:30, 10:05

Thu., June 20

digital 11:45am, 2:35, 3:45, 6:00, 9:30

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sun., June 16

CC/DVS, digital 11:00am, 1:00, 1:50, 3:45, 4:45, 6:30, 7:30, 9:15, 10:15

Mon., June 17

CC/DVS, digital 1:50, 3:45, 4:45, 6:30, 7:30, 9:15, 10:15

Tue., June 18

CC/DVS, digital 1:50, 3:45, 4:45, 6:30, 7:30, 9:15, 10:15

Wed., June 19

CC/DVS, digital 1:50, 3:45, 4:45, 6:30, 7:30, 9:15, 10:15

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., June 16

digital 9:45am, 1:00, 1:40, 4:00, 7:10, 7:40, 10:40

Mon., June 17

digital 12:40, 2:40, 3:45, 6:50, 8:40, 9:50, 10:20

Tue., June 18

digital 12:40, 2:40, 3:45, 6:50, 8:40, 9:50

Wed., June 19

digital 12:40, 2:40, 3:45, 6:50, 8:40, 10:05

Thu., June 20

digital 12:00, 12:40, 2:45, 3:45, 6:50, 8:45, 10:05

Sun., June 16

digital 10:45

Mon., June 17

digital 10:45

Tue., June 18

digital 10:45

Wed., June 19

digital 10:45

Thu., June 20

digital 10:30am, 11:15am, 1:30, 2:15

Sun., June 16

digital 10:00am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:30, 9:00

Mon., June 17

digital 10:00am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:30, 9:00

Tue., June 18

digital 10:00am, 1:15, 7:30, 9:00

Wed., June 19

digital 10:00am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:30, 9:00

Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7

13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158, www.southwesttheaters.com

$6.50 children and senior tickets (all-day), $5 Tuesdays (all tickets), Bargain Matinees before 5pm daily.

Sun., June 16

digital 11:00am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15

Mon., June 17

digital 11:00am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15

Tue., June 18

digital 11:00am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15

Wed., June 19

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Thu., June 20

digital 11:00am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15

Sun., June 16

digital 10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 6:45, 7:15, 9:45, 10:15

Mon., June 17

digital 10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 6:45, 7:15, 9:45, 10:15

Tue., June 18

digital 10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45, 10:15

Wed., June 19

digital 10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 6:45, 7:15, 9:45, 10:15

Violet Crown Cinema

434 W. Second, 512/495-9600, www.violetcrowncinema.com

Four-hour parking validation in attached garage with ticket purchase. Reserved seating; bar and cafe on-site.

Sun., June 16

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Mon., June 17

digital 11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:00

Tue., June 18

digital 11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:00

Wed., June 19

digital 11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:00

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., June 16

digital 10:20am, 3:10, 7:20, 9:45, 10:25

Mon., June 17

digital 12:00, 3:00, 3:45, 6:00, 10:00, 10:30

Tue., June 18

digital 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00, 9:50

Wed., June 19

digital 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:10, 9:50

Thu., June 20

digital 12:45, 4:10, 7:10, 9:00, 10:10

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