Variety - 03/02/1983
"...BAD BOYS is a troubling and often riveting drama about juvenile delinquency that will leave an indelible impression on audiences....[The director] has gotten some terribly convincing performances from his young cast..."
In this highly regarded teen drama, Mick (Penn) is a tough teenager who, in spite of the attempts of his straightlaced girlfriend J.C. (Sheedy), can't seem to walk the straight and narrow. Escalating confrontations with a rival group of students led by Paco (Morales) ends in the tragic death of Paco's younger brother by Mick at the wheel of a car. Mick's incarceration takes him off the street and drops him into a new world of competition where he needs to establish his credibility in order to survive and does so with typical violent flair. The ironic arrival of Paco, jailed for the retaliatory and vicious rape of J.C., leads to a continuation of the brewing feud between the two angry teenagers.
Teenage tough guy Mick O'Brien is a delinquent whose crimes eventually land him in a juvenile correctional facility. There, he soon becomes the head honcho amongst the JD's, but his status is challenged when his neighborhood nemesis is sent to the same facility.