Bad Boys 4 includes a cathartic scene that I think is about Will Smith’s Oscar controversy, and it’s so raw I’m surprised they included it

I never would have thought that when I left Michael Bay’s Bad Boys in 1995, that we I always talk about the franchise almost 30 years later… or that the discussion would encompass so many fascinating and human subjects. What started as a typical buddy cop movie has grown with the characters and actors, and now touches on larger philosophical topics like family, retirement, parenting, inheritance, and more. I finally caught up with Bilal and Adil Bad Boys: Ride or Die after seeing how well it did at the box office. What I didn’t expect to see, however, was a vulnerable and raw scene that seemed – in my interpretation – to be addressed to Will Smith’s controversial slap at the Oscars, and the feelings he had to struggle with afterwards.

We all know that Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars after the comedian mocked Jada Pinkett Smith from the stage. The incident is not addressed directly in Bad Boys: Ride or Diebut there is a facet of the new story that I think is intended to deal with the slap and its emotional repercussions.

Stop reading now if you don’t want to know any spoilers about the current hit, Bad Boys: Ride or Die.

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Throughout the fourth Bad Boys film, Mike Lowrey, overconfident, finds himself the victim of panic attacks. Like many people suddenly faced with anxiety, Mike denies it and pretends it doesn’t happen. But in the middle of various fights, Mike freezes.