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Jewel thief Miles Logan is arrested when a heist goes bad. But right before they haul him away, he manages to hide his stolen diamond at a construction site. Two years later, he's out of jail and he returns to the scene to retrieve the loot. Surprise, surprise, what was just another construction site is now a Los Angeles police precinct. The balance of the film depicts Logan posing as a police officer, frantically searching for his lost treasure.
Positive Elements: At times the L.A.P.D. is a bit clueless (they don't figure out that Logan is not a cop until the very end) and shiftless (Logan is immediately promoted to lead detective to provide "good leadership" to the staff) but they are portrayed as honest, hard-working officers of the law. They take their tasks of tracking down criminals very seriously.
Sexual Content: A couple of references to sex and Logan does a double-take when he sees a naked woman (off-screen).
Violent Content: Here is where this PG-13 film comes off as R-rated. Early on, a man is pushed from a tall office building. He lands on top of a police car, where his dead body is shown with blood dripping from his eyes. Then the action heats up with multiple gun battles, high-speed chases and heavy doses of hand-to-hand combat. While Logan pretends to be a cop, he interrogates several suspects by beating and abusing them; once squeezing a man's head between a glass door and the wall to make him talk.
Crude or Profane Language: No f-words, but nearly 50 s-words make much of the dialogue very difficult to endure. Jesus' name is also misused several times. In all, there are well over 100 uses of profanity.
Summary: Blue Streak is basically a Lethal Weapon film featuring comedian Martin Lawrence. It thrives on violent action scenes, foul language and unethical behavior. Lawrence's character has one motive and one motive only: get rich quick. And he'll do anything to make that happen. He impersonates a police officer (and is portrayed as being a better cop than those with whom he works). He strikes up friendships that serve only to accomplish his own selfish goals. The "bad guy" is the good guy throughout the film. And that sends the message to kids that if you're clever enough and funny enough, you can do all sorts of immoral things and still be "okay." In fact, better than okay. In the end, Logan gets off scott free—with his diamond—and lives "happily ever after." It may be grand entertainment, but it's a sorry theme.
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Martin Lawrence as Miles Logan; Luke Wilson as Carlson; Peter Greene as Deacon; Dave Chappelle as Tulley; Nicole Ari Parker as Melissa Green
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