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Earl and Hank have only one thing in common: they're both L.A.P.D. rejects. One just got kicked out of the force--the other can't even get in. After confronting each other on opposite sides of the law, during a traffic stop that escalates out of control, these two luckless individuals end up partnered as lowly security guards. Despite being damned to the lowest rung of the law enforcement ladder, Earl and Hank uncover a sophisticated smuggling operation led by Nash 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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

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"It's too bad Martin already made What's the Worst That Could Happen? The title really fits this one."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Someone has to save us from Lawrence's onslaught of cinematic dross."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Indistinguishable dumb action comedy."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Put your hands up and back away from this rent-a-flop."
‑ Terri Clark, Apollo Guide
"This is a two-star movie dragged down a star because of its unrepentant racism."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"As the two cop manqués overcome their dearth of common sense to save the day, the film achieves a comic playfulness."
‑ Michael Miller, Village Voice
"A lame blend of comedy and action in which both credibility and laughs are blown to smithereens."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"If... Martin Lawrence and Adam Sandler [were] in the same movie, it might... create an anti-comedy field so strong that both their careers would be sucked into the vortex..."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"If rampant misogyny and racism sound like a laugh riot, by all means see National Security, a 'comedy' so aggressively unpleasant that it's worthy of squirms."
‑ Nick Rogers, State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
"Dugan's predictable, thin-plotted lark reads as little more than a black guy-white guy Three's Company."
‑ Jessica Letkemann, Premiere Magazine
"Despite some tasty contributions from Lawrence and Zahn, too much of National Security has the bland flavor of microwaved leftovers."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"A retread of all those buddies-in- the-cop-car pictures of the 1980s; not even slightly dusted off."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A patently offensive, racist and repulsive waste of celluloid, an affront to blacks, whites and human beings in general."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"As disposable as they come, National Security is a modestly entertaining re-hash of cop-buddy films of the 80s."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Is it a thoroughly offensive attempt to disguise a reactionary view of African-Americans as manipulative, self-serving, serial complainers as 'comedy'? Definitely."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
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