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National Security

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Steve Zahn, Martin Lawrence, ...

National Security

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
91 minutes
Wide Release Date:
01/17/03
performer:
Martin Lawrence, Steve Zahn, Timothy Busfield, Eric Roberts
director:
Dennis Dugan
author:
David Ronn, Jay Scherick
genre:
Comedy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

There’s something funny about Martin Lawrence, and it’s not his unstinting, hit-or-miss patter or his jerky physicality, which wastes more energy than the Cheney energy task force. No, the funny thing about Lawrence is he’s often paired with a partner (e.g., ”Blue Streak,” ”Bad Boys,” etc.), yet has no aptitude for sharing the screen.

Playing overzealous security guard Earl Montgomery in National Security, he stubbornly refuses to jell with Steve Zahn’s stolid patrolman, who’s tossed off the force on Earl’s trumped-up brutality charge. (The two muster enough racial harmony to hunt up some stolen beer kegs made of space-age alloy — yup, you read that right.) Zahn, strapped to the straight-man gurney, looks perpetually on the verge of an aneurysm, relieved only by periodic slo-mo shootouts that set a new standard in post-Michael Bay preposterousness.