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      National Security

      2003, Comedy/Action, 1h 28m

      90 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      The action in National Security is mindless, while the humor says nothing insightful about racial issues. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      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.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Some Sensuality|Language|Violence)

      • Genre: Comedy, Action

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Dennis Dugan

      • Producer: Bobby Newmyer, Jeffrey Silver, Michael Green

      • Writer: David Ronn, Jay Scherick

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $35.8M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Columbia Pictures

      • Production Co: Columbia, Intermedia Films, Outlaw Productions

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo, Dolby A, SDDS, DTS, Surround, Dolby Digital, Dolby SR

      Cast & Crew

      Martin Lawrence
      Steve Zahn
      Colm Feore
      Bill Duke
      Matt McCoy
      Cleo King
      Joe Flaherty
      Guy East
      Nigel Sinclair
      Moritz Borman
      Martin Lawrence
      Oliver Wood
      Randy Edelman
      Larry Fulton
      Christa Munro
      Douglas A. Mowat
      April Ferry

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      • May 19, 2011

        National Security is a fun action comedy about Hank (Steve Zahn) who is kicked off the LAPD force for beating up Earl (Martin Lawrence). The two then bump into each other as security guards. While Earl is planning to have a little fun with girlfriend Lola(Mari Morrow) Earl hears gunfire and goes to see what's up, and finds that Hank's been assigned to the same factory. Despite being damned to the lowest rung of the law enforcement ladder, Earl and Hank uncover a sophisticated smuggling operation led by a crazed Nash (Eric Roberts) and his band of thugs. When Earl and Hank get their hands on some hot property, they go on the run from, first the bad guys, then the L.A.P.D.--led by Lt. Washington and Detective McDuff. It's now up to these two unlikely partners to save the day. That is, if they don't kill each other first as Lawrence proceeds to annoy his partner to the brink of insanity. They may not break new ground, but it's a fun ride. I thought the funniest part was when Steve Zahn's character was trying to kill the bee but instead it looked like he was beating up Martin Lawrence's character. Nice to see Eric Roberts here even if it was such a small role!

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      • Feb 04, 2010

        Complete crap, this movie wasn't even funny one bit!

        KJ P Super Reviewer
      • Jul 02, 2009

        a hot black chick would never date Steve Zahn

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      • May 12, 2008

        This movie is painfully racist. The writers of this should be ashamed of themselves and the one who approved it for production prisoned. So much for all the efforts at decreasing racism with this film. This wasn't a great comedy but not unbearable.

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