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Bad Boys: Ride or Die | 2024 | R | – 4.7.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong violence, language throughout and some sexual references.” The evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, a suggestive sexual invitation, a few suggestive gestures, some partial nudity in an exotic dance club, many scenes of people exchanging gunfire that leads to death as well as explosions, property damage and bloodshed, a few fights leaving participants bloody, a helicopter and a plane crash leaving injured passengers, a few alligator attacks, a kidnapping, many arguments, and 65 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.

The fourth installment of the “Bad Boys” franchise: After reports surface of a deceased captain’s involvement in cartel activity, two detectives (Will Smith, Martin Lawrence) butt heads with the FBI, trying to clear his name. Also with Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Paola Núñez, Eric Dane, Ioan Gruffudd, Jacob Scipio and Melanie Liburd. Directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah. [Running Time: 1:55]

Bad Boys: Ride or Die SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A woman tells a man that she needs him to perform a sex act on her and makes a suggestive gesture with her tongue. A man makes a suggestive gesture with his tongue.
 A woman wearing a tube style top and bikini bottoms is seen with a man and infidelity is implied (we see her cleavage, bare abdomen and buttocks) when a gunman calls the man’s wife. A wife sits on her husband’s lap and they embrace; they are later shown clothed and sleeping in bed together. A man and a woman are seen in an apartment together and it is implied that they are in a sexual relationship (they are workplace colleagues).
 A woman professes her love to a man during their wedding ceremony and they kiss. A husband and his wife kiss in several scenes. A man makes a speech at a wedding reception and mentions a number of women the groom had relationships with. A man describes needing to “suckle” a man.
 People dance at a wedding reception with some hip thrusting.
 A man wearing a hospital gown stands on the roof of a building and the breeze blows the gap in the back open to reveal his bare buttocks a couple of times; he also lifts the front of the gown, implying that he is revealing his genitals (we do not see anything). Women wearing thong bikinis are seen in a beach sequence (cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs, buttocks and legs are shown). A woman wears an off-the-shoulder gown that reveals her cleavage, bare shoulders and back. Several men in a prison yard are shown shirtless (we see their bare chests, abdomens, and backs). A man wearing boxer shorts answers his door (we see his bare back, abdomen and chest), and a woman comes down the stairs wearing a bra and underwear and wraps herself in a robe (we see her cleavage, abdomen and legs). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in a few scenes.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – Several armed people break into a house and in an extended sequence a man inside shoots several of them (blood splatters and sprays), fights with others and stabs one person (blood spurts). A man shoots another man (he falls to the floor dead and blood spurts from the wound), points the gun at another man ordering him to transfer funds, then shoots another man, as well as the man transferring the funds in the head (blood spurts) and a woman under the chin (off-screen). A man is shot in the head and blood spurts as he falls; other people in the area run for cover and several men exchange gunfire with a few being struck and falling. A helicopter pilot is held with a knife to his throat and his throat is slit (we see blood gush), several other men in the helicopter fight, one man jumps off the back using a parachute blowing up the tail of the helicopter as he leaves, and one man (locked in a cage) nearly falls out of the helicopter but the cage is unlocked at the last minute; the helicopter crash-lands in a body of water and three people swim to the shore (they do not seem injured). A man in a convenience store holds a gun on the cashier and a customer; the customer grabs the gunman’s arm and the gun discharges into the ceiling and another man shoots the gunman in the leg (we see the bloody wound). Armed people run out of a club and several are shot and blood splatters and spurts (we see blood and matter on the window of a van when one man is shot); three men hide in a van and one presses on the gas pedal slamming into another man that is pinned and then set on fire (we hear him yelling); the van is driven away with flames on the outside that then spread inside the vehicle, and the van crashes and explodes. A man is shot in the chest and falls (he is wearing a bulletproof vest). A man has a flashback to when another man was shot and killed and we see blood on his face. An armed man in water under a pier shoots another gunman on top of the pier, and the wounded man stumbles back and off the pier into the water where he is attacked by alligators (we see blood in the water); an explosive is dropped on a sniper from a drone, two men are shot at by many armed men and one of the men has a panic attack and hyperventilates until the other man slaps him in the face several times and they both open fire on the other gunmen in the area, gas tanks are struck and blow up, smoke bombs are launched and vehicles explode and flip in the air. An extended sequence resembling first-person shooter action (the camera moves frantically) shows gunmen running through a building chased by others with guns, one man holds a woman by the hair and leads her through the area, and he throws a grenade at two men that jump out of the way. A seaplane takes off and is shot by someone on the ground, it flies through a building and a man is caught in the propeller (blood sprays); the plane ditches and the two people inside are shown alive but with bloody wounds. A man with a gun holds a woman by the hair and threatens to kill her or another man when another man with a gun arrives; the second man with a gun shoots one man who is wearing a bulletproof vest, and then shoots the first man (also wearing a bulletproof vest) in the chest repeatedly and then in the head (we see the bloody hole in his forehead) and he falls dead.
 A man is attacked by two other men, he fights them and is slashed on the arm and the face (we see bloody cuts) before being stabbed in the shoulder and he stumbles; a teen girl is grabbed by one man, she bites him on the arm, and the first man stabs the two men before getting away with the teen. A man in a prison yard fights off several other men approaching him with sharp weapons; he uses weight plates and kettlebells to hit them and we see several struck and blood spurts before guards pin him to the ground. A man and a woman on an elevator struggle over a cellphone, the woman draws a gun, they struggle, the gun discharges, the man hits the woman in the face (we see her with blood on her nose and face) and they continue to fight; he then holds her around the throat until the doors open and officers outside take the man away in handcuffs.
 A man is kicked into water where he is quickly attacked by an alligator and taken off-screen. A man jumps on the hood of a car and rides on it on a highway chasing another vehicle. A man stops on a busy road to retrieve a bullet cartridge and a truck speeds toward him; another man leaps to knock him out of the way (no one is harmed). A woman holds a gun on a man and several other men with guns enter the room threatening him. A man threatens another man with a gun while questioning him. Two men with shotguns threaten two other men (they have just stolen some of their clothing from a laundry line); another man steals a pickup truck, speeds toward the other man and two of them jump into the back as it speeds away. Several armed people enter a house and attack a woman and a teen girl; we see them bound and gagged and taken away. A man falls in water and a very large alligator swims toward him, the man speaks to the animal and it seems to back away, but then lunges toward him biting his arm; another man jumps into the water and hits the alligator with a pole until it backs off (we see blood in the water and blood on the injured man’s arm). A man describes being tortured and having his nails pulled outs (we see pliers pulling a nail off a finger) and he says it is the worst pain that won’t kill you.
 A man dances wildly, grabs his chest and falls to the floor; we see another man performing chest compression, as a woman says that he is experiencing a cardiac arrest and we later see him with defibrillator paddles used (he survives). A man in a hospital bed pulls off his heart monitor and oxygen tube and walks out of the room; we then see him standing on the ledge of the roof of the building where another man tries to get him to come down (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A man speeds through streets and traffic while his passenger complains of feeling as if he is going to be sick (he gags but does not vomit). A man has panic attacks in several scenes (he sweats and hyperventilates). While a man is having a heart attack, he has visions of life events and of sinking into water and meeting a man that is deceased who tells him that it is not his time.
 A man walks through a street and cars swerve and screech to avoid him; another man follows him and is nearly struck by a car. A bullet-ridden car is seen and smears of blood are also visible.
 Two men yell at each other in several scenes. A man describes an experience that he claims has given insights into his “past lives” and describes one life when his friend was a donkey and he was his owner. Two detectives question a man in prison, locked in a cage and shackled. A man offers another man a lot of money to buy him junk food. A man eats a jellybean and spits it out, and then guzzles a brightly colored beverage pouring from a dispenser.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die LANGUAGE 10

 – About 65 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 3 sexual references, 50 scatological terms, 24 anatomical terms, 22 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, dirty, witch, rat, dysfunctional, stubborn, cursed, wild, racist, web of lies, stone cold killer, barbecue dictator, weird, chitty-chitty bang-bang, nasty, bad, whack [anatomical term deleted], terrible fugitives, soft, hard-headed, nasty, dumb [anatomical term deleted]), exclamations (mind your business, “eff”), 2 religious profanities (GD), 1 religious exclamation (e.g. oh my God)

Bad Boys: Ride or Die SUBSTANCE USE

 – People drink champagne at a wedding reception. | profanity glossary |


 – Police corruption, friendship, marriage, being tested, drug cartels, FBI, fate, torture, deception, hypothetical situations, the dangers of being in law enforcement.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die MESSAGE

 – Some stories really don’t need to be repeated. Working together can really make a difference in difficult situations.


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