Bad Boys
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Following magnetic performances in Taps (1981) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), young actor Sean Penn sealed his reputation as one of his generation's most gifted performers with his gritty star turn in Bad Boys (1983), an entertaining tale of teen hoodlums in juvenile lock-up. Penn plays Mick O'Brien, a Chicago street tough who's planning on ripping off drug dealer Paco Moreno (Esai Morales). When the scam goes bad and his partner Carl (Alan Ruck) is slain, Mick flees from the cops in his car and accidentally runs over Paco's little brother, killing the boy. Sent to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An underrated but excellent near masterpiece..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Sean Penn pretty much explodes in this great (and often overlooked) visit to an ugly juvenile prison."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Mediocre movie with excellent performance by Penn."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"strong performances led by Sean Penn in a role that solidified his status as the best young actor of the 1980s"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Gritty prison flick with a fine lead by Penn"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
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