"If Martin Lawrence is an action hero, how long til I'm one too?"
This is the sort of film a thinking man can really only go see as part of a low priced triple feature and get away with it. Being as said triple feature consisted of this film, Bicentennial Man and Big Daddy, any claims I can lay to being a thinking man just went right out the window. Of the three, Blue Streak wasn't the worst, but it was damn close.A jewel thief stashes a big ass diamond in the cooling duct of a building under construction before being arrested. When he is released he discovers said building was a police station. How to get in to the building to recover the diamond? Be a cop. And in Hollywood, all you have to do is walk up to the door and that can happen. "Hey, you must be the new guy," "oh yeah, that'd be me."
Okay, so let's try a cliché that hasn't been done since... ooh… three months ago. Black cop. Non-black cop. Partners. Wa-hey! Opposites! Stand by for zany antics!
Martin Lawrence is the non non-black cop. He say funny things. Luke Wilson is the white boy. He stupid. At least nobody's saying "I'm getting too old for this shit," or "wussup mah niggah." It's like nobody can be racist except Hollywood and if Hollywood is racist we're supposed to laugh. This apparently isn't a racist thing to do because Hollywood uses minority actors to tell the jokes. It's like "I can say that joke because I'm black." Bizarro.
So I don't think I'm giving away any spoilers here by telling you that Lawrence begins to like being a cop. And his partners who are so diff'rent to him begin to like him. And everyone becomes friends. If you didn't know this was going to happen, you should go rent Beverly Hills Cop - the superior original to this film.
Lawrence seems to think he can extract a laugh just by pulling a face. His mugging for the camera is the least enjoyable aspect of a largely unenjoyable movie. Watching Luke Wilson turn himself into an ineffectual Hollywood straight man comes close.A bit of action (though nowhere near enough to make up for the deficiencies in storyline), some lame humour (most of which can be seen for free in the trailer) and a lot of looking at your watch. That's the Blue Streak experience.