Bad Boys ★★★½

BAD BOYS, like many of its characters, straddles the line between gritty adult drama and tepid "after school" melodrama, but director Rick Rosenthal — whose previous movie was the disappointing HALLOWEEN 2 — keeps it from spending too much energy on the latter. His handling of the emotional moments is restrained, the overall look of the film capably balances gritty realism with a larger visual scope than expected, and a few scenes that might have been ordinary are fraught with tension. There are too many coincidences in the plotting of BAD BOYS, but Penn and the rest of the good young cast play their roles with such a quiet sincerity that they sell the movie's most implausible moments with little trouble.

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