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The Mod Squad (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  26 March 1999 (USA)
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Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above ... See full summary »

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Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above and beyond the call of duty to solve the murder; and bust the drug ring. Suffering the jibes, and ridicule of fellow officers; they struggle to save their names, and that of their deceased benefactor. Written by J. D. Keith <jkeith@compunet.net>

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Rated R for language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,064,716 (USA) (26 March 1999)

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$13,260,050 (USA) (25 June 1999)
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Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris turned down the offer to direct. See more »

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In the scene where Pete gets blood splattered on his face from the guy near him getting shot in the head, the splatter is repeated three times for dramatic effect. However, on the 3rd shot, the amount of blood splattered on his face (and the amount that stays on him in the scene) is less than the other two shots. See more »

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Det. Briggs: So you kids are, what? Some kind of mod squad or something?
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Goin' Crazy
Written by Senen Reyes (as Sen Dog), Jeremy Fleener and Andy Zambrano
Performed by SX10
Produced by Phil Nicolo
Remixed by The Butcher Bros.
SX10 appears courtesy of Flip Records/Elektra Entertainment Group
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A whole lot of nothing. ** out of ****
7 September 1999 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

I have never seen the original television series "The Mod Squad," therefore I can not offer any comparison between the new movie from Scott Silver, and the old time TV program. I can, however, tell you the this is one movie that contains a whole lot of nothing.

The movie stars Claire Danes as Julie, as an addict at age 18, Giovanni Ribisi as Pete, who when directly to Beverly Hills to the County Jail, and Omar Epps, who has no heart or compassion, leading him to a life in prison. The teens are called the Mob Squad, because Capt. Greer (Dennis Farina) has taken them from their lives at crime and supposedly turned them around, now doing serious undercover police work for him.

The plot, what little there is, has to do with the young trio fulfilling an assignment: penetrate a club where prostitution and drug-dealing are seemingly accruing. The only problem, the team can't officially carry guns, badges, and the movie never tells us if they can aren't allowed to arrest anyone.

The film offers a few shocking surprises in the story line, consisting of a few corrupt cops who we thought were good guys. The villains are somewhat of a mystery until the middle of the movie, and the ever popular concept of "trust no one" is used with some curiosity. This whole movie is kind of like the very recent "The Corrupter," which was a whole lot worse than this. That was mindless violence. At least this film was mindless action. (See "The Corrupter" review. You'll understand what I mean by "mindless violence" compared to "mindless action.")

"The Mob Squad" is shot in supreme style and glamour. The characters act like top class superheros, the cinematography is used with a dazzling array of lights and background effects, and the movie is directed with a focused point of view. My objection: all of the action sequences never build up any momentum for themselves. The plot contains purpose for violence, but it is worked into the movie, almost as if the film was shot with no action, the re-edited for the addition of excitement.

Likable characters inherit the credits. Claire Danes ("U-Turn," "Romeo + Juliet") is kind of fun to watch as she and her buddies get further and further into deep trouble. Giovanni Ribisi ("Friends") provides UN-funny comic relief, which really doesn't fit in, but is still enjoyable. Josh Brolin ("Nightwatch") puts a sense of sneakiness and wit into his unpredictable character.

The movie has such little plot, though. I had extremely low expectations of the film when I went to see it, and it was much better than I thought it would be. I suppose that I might give this film a marginal recommendation to a certain extent: if you liked the television program, or asinine combat, the movie just might be to you liking.

Director Scott Silver definitely knows his stuff here. He co-wrote the movie as well, and has lots of fun with different elements in his production. Too bad for the brainlessness of the plot. You see, I have a very hard time giving a movie thumbs up when three characters are the main situation in every part of a story, and when the film ended I didn't feel that I knew them any better than I did when I saw them on the screen for the very first time.


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