"Bad Boys" is perhaps overly indebted to the amber sky'd, kinetically-shot early 90's action films of directors like Tony Scott and Kathryn Bigelow - but since when is that such a bad thing? Budgetary constraints and his status as an unproven talent seemed to bring out the best in Michael Bay. His camera is constantly mobile but, unlike his later work, the editing is paced such that the audience can actually keep up.
Michael Bay may be a pariah in cinephile circles, but before delivering ish like the empty spectaculars of Transformers, the disrespectfully cheesy Pearl Harbor, et al, he was a reliable action director, at least with these two films, and he may have just been helped by the comedic chemistry of Lawrence and Smith, who bounce zingers off each other like they're trapped in a gunplay based pinball machine together,
Terrible acting apart from the lead stars (made for comedy), bad guy nearly ruins it. But man is this a fun movie to unwind to. Classic 90s action film before Michael Bay went sour...which didn't take long.