Bad CompanyJune 7, 2002
When a Harvard-educated CIA agent is killed during an operation, the secret agency recruits his twin brother.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 5.4/10 (23,297 voted)
Critic's Score: 37/100
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Peter Stormare
When a CIA agent is killed during a nuclear arms purchase, his partner Oakes, recruits his twin brother, Jake Hayes. Jake had no idea he had a twin brother, let alone that he worked for the CIA. Jake, a.k.a. Michael Turner, has nine days to fill his brother's place. However, the enemy terrorists learn of his secret identity and kidnap his girlfriend/fiancee. He has to rescue them and save New York city from an imminent nuclear terrorist act.
Writers: Gary M. Goodman, David Himmelstein
Dragan Henchman #1
(as Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon)
Michelle 'The Hammer' Petrov
DeVone Lawson Jr.
The World is in Good Hands
Release Date: 7 June 2002
Filming Locations: Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $11,007,367
(9 June 2002)
Did You Know?
Originally titled "Black Sheep" until it was discovered that there was already a film with that title,
Black Sheep. That film starred David Spade and the late Chris Farley, who both co-starred with Chris Rock on
Saturday Night Live. Ironically, the new title "Bad Company," is also the name of a 1995 film,
Crew or equipment visible:
When the agents are setting up in the warehouse just before the chase in the countryside, you can see the dolly track below the camera in two shots.
Your friend is late.
He'll be here.
Yeah, I *do* have other bidders.
I personally vouch for this man.
Oh, well I trust you Michael. You see, each degree of separation comes with a degree of uncertainty.
Clichéd, undistinguished but still brainless fun
Hayes is a suave, distinguished spy with the CIA who is part of a set up
buy a stolen nuclear weapon and then capture those involved. When he is
killed mid-operation, his handler goes to the only man who can replace
his twin brother. However his brother Jake is a hustler in New York City
and not spy material. Oakes has nine days to get him ready to take over
brother's identity and take up the assignment.
Despite the awful reviews, I still decided to give this film a go because
was in the mood for a dumb film that really didn't require me to think
once: this was that film! The film deserved every bad review it got – the
only thing you need to worry about is whether or not you can accept the
massive weakness or not. The plot is a real shambles and if you think
it logically then it all goes to hell. The idea that this is a reasonable
plot, even for this type of film, is absurd. The script backs this up
dialogue that is fitting for a stupid comedy but not for the situations in
the plot (`does it play dvd's?' or dialogue about Dr's Dre and Irving
trying to stall terrorists). Some of it is funny, but to be honest, if
dislike Chris Rock then there will be practically nothing for
The plot brings the bomb back to the US towards the end in an effort to
inject tension and urgency into the action, but it doesn't really work.
action is reasonably slick but it isn't ever really exciting – only
like a product. The action, like everything else, is quite clichéd and
distinctive enough to really stand out from the crowd of other action
movies. The gags about race are subtle but still quite broad in the style
of Rock. I didn't find it offensive, but I never really understand why
films have to constantly perpetuate racial myths such as all black people
listen to hip hop and like certain sports etc. Some of it is funny
Rock is the main reason for this; as I said, if you like him then you
enjoy this as most of the comedy is driven by him (even if nothing is
anywhere near the sharpness of his act). He is not very funny but he
the film have an overall comic tone that works pretty well Hopkins is
totally slumming it. He manages an air of cool detachment but the
is way below him and his autopilot light is on the whole time. Stomare is
poor and none of the villains really bring genuine menace – Eastern
hoods and clichés that they are. Beauvais is sexy – but that is all she
here for, to put on black underwear! Her character breezes in and breezes
out with no real reason or consequence, plainly all she is here for is to
have a bit of sexy black ass in there – something that Washington doesn't
Overall this is a slickly made film that is clichéd, absurd,
and not as entertaining as it intends to be. Despite the fact that the
is very average and not really one to stand out, it can be quite enjoyable
if you are ready for that. If you can turn off your brain and lower your
standards then this can be OK, however just don't expect it to be great no
matter what you do.