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National Security (2003)



Critic Consensus: The action in National Security is mindless, while the humor says nothing insightful about racial issues.

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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 guys, then, the L.A.P.D.--led by Lt. Washington and Detective McDuff. What these two unlikely partners do to law enforcement is a crime, but they just might save the day. That is, if they don't kill each other first.

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Martin Lawrence
as Earl Montgomery
Steve Zahn
as Hank Rafferty
Colm Feore
as Det. Frank McDuff
Bill Duke
as Lt. Washington
Timothy Busfield
as Charlie Reed
Matt McCoy
as Robert Barton
Cleo King
as Woman in Car
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Billy Narthax
Joe Flaherty
as Owen Fergus
Gerry Del Sol
as Booking Clerk
Ken Lerner
as Hank's Lawyer
Robert Harvey
as Cop at Impound Yard
John Henry Binder
as Cop at Impound Yard
Wayne Morse
as Bailiff
Terry Logan
as LAPD Cop
Mark Lonow
as Detective at Interrogation
Jeffrey Ross
as Security Guard
Jocko Marcellino
as Sarcastic Cop
Jonathan Loughran
as Sarcastic Cop
Noel Gugliemi
as Latino Convict
Hiep Thi Le
as McDuff's Secretary
Leslie Jones
as Trucker Woman
Dawnn Lewis
as Woman at Impound Yard
Dawn Lewis
as Woman at Impound Yard
Jackie Flynn
as Guard in Solitary
Hal Fishman
as Himself
Andy Dugan
as Student Driver
Mickey Gilbert (II)
as Driving Instructor
Ben Hernandez
as Detective
Tom Forrest
as Obnoxious Guy
Amy Aquino
as Councilwoman
Mike Grasso
as Training Cop
Bruce Franklin Singer
as Training Facility Officer
Daniel Sudick
as Training Facility Officer
Daniel Sudick
as Training Facility Officer
Maia Danziger
as Jaguar Lady
Greg Serano
as Carjacker
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Critic Reviews for National Security

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (34)

Indistinguishable dumb action comedy.

December 26, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

This is lowest common dominator filmmaking in every sense of the word, which shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone familiar with the oeuvre of director Dennis Dugan.

June 19, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This is a two-star movie dragged down a star because of its unrepentant racism.

April 21, 2003 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Is it a thoroughly offensive attempt to disguise a reactionary view of African-Americans as manipulative, self-serving, serial complainers as 'comedy'? Definitely.

February 18, 2003 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's too bad Martin already made What's the Worst That Could Happen? The title really fits this one.

January 31, 2003 | Rating: 1/4

As the two cop manqués overcome their dearth of common sense to save the day, the film achieves a comic playfulness.

January 21, 2003 | Full Review…

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Richard C
Richard C

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Complete crap, this movie wasn't even funny one bit!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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a hot black chick would never date Steve Zahn

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Coxxie Mild Sauce

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