February 03, 2003 12:00 PM

Martin Lawrence, Steve Zahn

I read the other day that for a doctoral thesis someone had expounded on Hollywood’s frequent pairing of black and white male stars in buddy comedies. Here’s an undistinguished addition to the genre. Security sticks to shopworn formula: a smart-mouthed security guard (Lawrence) is unwillingly thrown together with a no-nonsense partner (Zahn) to chase smugglers, and the two end up best buddies. The action sequences are slapdash, the jokes pitiful and the performers merely marking time. (PG-13)

BOTTOM LINE: It’s a National disgrace

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