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National Security

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Dennis Dugan

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About the Movie

Adversaries become wary allies in this free-wheeling action comedy. Hank Rafferty (Steve Zahn) is a Los Angeles Police Department officer who finds himself out of a job after he becomes involved in a violent altercation with police academy flunk-out Earl Montgomery (Martin Lawrence), escalating into a media event which brings the LAPD a wealth of bad publicity. Unable to find work, Hank finally takes a job as a "rent-a-cop" with a private security firm — and discovers to his annoyance that his new partner is Earl. While neither of them are thrilled to be working together on the lowest strata of the law enforcement community, the two find themselves dealing with bigger crime than they expected when they stumble across evidence of a elite smuggling network operated by criminal mastermind Nash (Eric Roberts). Hank and Earl want to put Nash out of business, and they try without success to persuade the police of the importance of the case. But before long they discover it's not just Nash's men who are after them, but two high-ranking LAPD officials, Lt. Washington (Bill Duke) and Detective McDuff (Colm Feore). National Security was directed by Dennis Dugan, who'd previously helmed antic comedies starring Adam Sandler and Chris Farley; this film also marked Martin Lawrence's entry into the elite of Hollywood's comedy stars, with Lawrence taking home a 20-million-dollar paycheck for his work on the picture.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 89
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 79
  • Average Rating: 3.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's too bad Martin already made What's the Worst That Could Happen? The title really fits this one. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Rotten: Despite some tasty contributions from Lawrence and Zahn, too much of National Security has the bland flavor of microwaved leftovers. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Squanders the goodwill generated by some genuine laughs early in its running time with an inevitable descent into generic plotting, tired physical gags and lots and lots of things blowing up. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Combines a sour story with a repellent lead character, deadly comic schtick and tin-eared direction to produce 90 minutes of sheer, plodding mirthlessness. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 21, 2003

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Customer Reviews

Dada oh

Very funny movie


martain lawrence is a crazy man this movie is just funny and steve zahn mkes it even funnier when they become partners and he gets slapped


I love this

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2003

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