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National Security (Special Edition) (2003)

Martin Lawrence , Steve Zahn , Dennis Dugan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Lawrence, Steve Zahn, Colm Feore, Bill Duke, Eric Roberts
  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Writers: David Ronn, Jay Scherick
  • Producers: Martin Lawrence, Andy Given, Guy East, Jeff Kwatinetz, Jeffrey Silver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WI9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,953 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Security (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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  • Alternate ending
  • Deleted scenes
  • Music video

Editorial Reviews

When Martin Lawrence (Bad Boys) and Steve Zahn (Daddy Day Care) team up as security guards, no one's safe! LAPD reject and major troublemaker, Earl (Lawrence), got L.A. cop Hank (Zahn) kicked off the force for brutality. Now, these two guys who can't stand each other, are stuck working together as lowly security guards. And they're playing cops to bring down a smuggling ring if they can stay alive and stay one step ahead of the real cops. Co-starring Eric Roberts (The Specialist), NATIONAL SECURITY will take you on a wild ride with the most unlikely heroes ever to wear a badge!

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Lawrences best movie since Blue Streak January 26, 2003
By bart
National Security is the perfect movie to see this year. I saw it the day it came out and I want to see it again. It stars one of the best comedians today (Martin Lawrence) and another funny misfit (Steve Zahn from SAVING SILVERMAN). The movie is funny yet has good action. Here is the plot.
Steve Zhan plays Hank. An LA policeman who is bent on revenge to finding the guy who killed his partner in gun battle. Lawrence is Earl. A guy who just got kicked out of the force after turning a practice session into a disaster. Plus Earl always thinks that people have a problem with him because he is black- not because of his attitude. One day while Earl is trying to have a regular day, he realizes he left his keys in his car and tried to stick his hand in and get it. Hank catches him and interrogates what is going on. While that is happening, a bee comes by and Earl is allergic to bees and so Hank tries to get the bee away but the way they were positioned, it looked like Hank was beating on Earl and a guy who near by got the whole thing on camera. Because of that, a huge commotion started thru out the state about a white cop beating a black civilian. Hank is fired from the police and sent to jail for 6 months and Earl just kicks back and lets the whole thing happen even though he knows it was a bee.
Hank serves his six months and after getting out he tries to do something similar toward police work- a job as a security guard. While on the job, Hanks gets called about a robbery and goes to check it out. It seems that the robbers were the guys he had an encounter with in the past and one of the guys was his partner's murderer. Hank goes into action right away and a fellow security guard who worked in the building comes to back up Hank and that person just happens to be Earl!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay June 16, 2003
I wasn't expecting much from the film, "National Security," but what I got wasn't that great either.
This film revolves around a man (Martin Lawrence) who is trying to be a cop. He gets kicked out of the police academy and must resort to being a security guard. One day he comes face to face with a police officer (Steve Zahn) who accidently thinks Lawrence's character is breaking into a car. What happens next looks like a Rodney King beating, but really isn't. Zahn's character is sent to jail and when he gets out can only find a job as a security guard. Zahn's partner was also killed, so once he's out of jail, he's on a quest to find his partner's killer. Lawrence and Zahn then team up, under crazy circumstances, to find the killers and bring them to justice.
There are a few funny moments in the movie, but they are far and few between. Martin Lawrence's previous films, such as "Bad Boys" and "Nothing to Lose" were much better and funnier. I would have to agree with others when they say there were too many racial jokes throughout the film. Just about every sentence that came out of Martin's mouth had some sort of racial slur in it. After awhile it became very annoying.
Those who really enjoy Martin Lawrence's films may enjoy this movie, but I would suggest just leaving this one on the shelf and waiting for "Bad Boys 2" to come out this summer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By BJBear
Didn't like the first 10 minutes, but the rest of the movie we liked.

Loved Martin in Police academy, hilarious! Bumble bee incident and the chasing of the semi truck.

Martin ends up woking with Earl to go after the bad guys, but what do you know. The police get in the way of the pursuit. What a surprise.....NOT. Police are never in the right place at the right time, the movies are no different. Crooked cops do exist, not just in the movies.

Very funny... Not a rental but as a purchase..Love this movie.

If you are a cop lover, you won't like this movie.

Martin's comedy rocks! Martin's character and Earl made the movie for us.

Once again the bad guys got caught. See crime doesn't pay! Even if you are on the other side of the law.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good. October 14, 2004
This is about a guy( Martin Lawrence), who accuses a cop( Steve Zahn) of beating him, so he can get on the police force, whn really he was just beating a bee that Martin Lawrences charactar was afraid of. So he goes to prison for 6 months, than they reunite, and have to stick together to take down some criminals. Good Film!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A really lame, overdone comedy September 4, 2003
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I was expecting something good out of National Security. Not groundbreaking, but somewhat entertaining. I was disappointed. This movie is totally over- done, and I have certainly seen the gags in it in other movies. Add to this non- stop profanity, sexual content and racism which more than warrants an R rating. I you are thinking about buying it, save your money and your taste for a good comedy. This movie [is bad], and should not be viewed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Goofy and entertaining - but nothing special June 23, 2004
In this goofy cop drama, Martin Lawrence plays Earl, a white-bashing, easily terrorized black man who sends Los Angeles cop Hank (Steve Zahn) to jail because of his hysterical and inaccurate testimony. When, six months later, the two find themselves unwittingly together as security guards protecting a warehouse during a heist, they team up to track down the bad guys. Lawrence is funny at first with his poor-oppressed-black-guy routine, but it gets tired - and even offensive - fast, mostly because Earl is such a buffoon; he seems too clownishly stupid to be much more than a stereotype. Hank is the straight man, and you can't help feeling sorry for him as he endures Earl's completely misguided riffs. Yeah, this film has some laughs, especially during the slapstick scenes, but they are either mild or mindless, fine as long as you don't expect uproarious comedy.
This film is definitely a rental, not a purchase. It is entertaining, humorous, but nothing you'll remember in a few days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i loved this movie
Published 9 days ago by Mesho
5.0 out of 5 stars National Security movie.
LOVE this movie. Lots of action and I laughed all the way thru it. It's a feel good movie.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this movie!
Published 2 months ago by pamela young
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny funny funny
Published 3 months ago by Brendan myers
4.0 out of 5 stars I had fun!
I have to go on record as saying that I have never been a martin Lawrence fan and I am very hit and miss with Steve I was skeptical getting this movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 3 months ago by clay
5.0 out of 5 stars The other actor in this movie was very good also.
One of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I could watch it over and over....and I do. The other actor in this movie was very good also.
Published 3 months ago by just my opinion
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
This movie, at any price, is a rip off. The entire thing is a huge insult to everybody. Martin Lawrence's ridiculous 'keeping the black man down' routine wears thin immediately... Read more
Published 4 months ago by DeeDee Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
A really good movie and it has its times of comedy as well. Its worth the money! It would be great if they would make a 2nd one!
Published 5 months ago by cs
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun Movie
This movie was exactly what it was meant to be, fun. It's good clean escapism at its best. If you like Martin Lawrence and enjoy action flicks then you'll like this movie.
Published 6 months ago by 42
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