National Security Poster

Release Date: January 17th, 2003

DVD Release Date: May 27th, 2003

PG-13|1 hr 28 min

Plot Summary
Earl Montgomery (Martin Lawrence), a bombastic police academy reject, and Hank Rafferty (Steve Zahn), a disgraced, mild-mannered cop, can't seem to escape each other. They met on opposite sides of the law during a routine traffic stop that escalated out of control; now as lowly security guards they're thrown together to bust a smuggling operation.

Cast: Martin Lawrence, Steve Zahn, Colm Feore, Bill Duke, Eric Roberts, Timothy Busfield, Robinne Lee, Matt McCoy

Director: Dennis Dugan

Genres: Action, Comedy

Production Co: Columbia

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Has many more downs than ups, but this ragged action comedy, with Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn as mismatched buddies, rings some outrageously funny changes on a deadly serious genre of amateur video that began with Rodney King.

  • The film is profane. But who knew police brutality could play as a laughing matter? show more

  • Entertaining and well done. Without losing its comic rhythm for a moment, it is also a withering spoof of black victimism and the corrupting effect of racial solidarity on the American legal system. show more

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