A very popular 1995 film involving crime is “Bad Boys” directed by Michael Bay. Michael Bay and his team of writers were able to film a highly intense action-comedy based around two detectives fighting organized crime. By examining distortions, crime causation theories, and the image portrayed in “Bad Boys,” the viewer is absorbed into the Hollywood perspective of our justice system.
“Bad Boys” is a hilarious action filled movie that distracts the viewer from things like logic and coherence. Detectives stared by the famous Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are on a deadline to find $100 million worth of heroin from distraught drug-dealers in Miami. Witness, Julie Mott has seen the crazed drug-dealer shoot and kill her best friend.
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Their captain quotes “Until then, you are Mike Lowrey, you be him, that's what you are, you're him…. You're him, I don't wanna hear it, you are him. And you, you're you, you be you, but not in front of her.” Their captain believes it is okay to mislead an innocent whiteness, which would not happen in real life. A third example of distortion displayed in “Bad Boys” is when throughout the movie, the detectives handcuff the witness, Julie, to the steering wheel while they continue to do their investigations. A quote Julie spoke to herself was, “"Hi Julie, what have you been up to the last couple of days?" Oh nothing, just hangin' out, handcuffed to steering wheels.” Julie was to some extent making fun of her self for being handcuffed to a steering wheel, for it was the detectives’ idea that it would keep an innocent witness “safe.” Lastly, the most important example of distortions displayed in “Bad Boys” was the multiple scenes of Mike and Marcus searching houses without a warrant. The Fourth Amendment states the right to secure a persons house, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches. It is required to have probable cause to issue a warrant. Mike and Marcus enter a couple houses throughout the movie in search of evidence without any warrant, or probable cause. These were just a few of many distortions displayed in “Bad Boys” compared to the real life criminal justice system. “Bad Boys” is a Hollywood view of our justice system but it