The Mod Squad

1999

Action / Crime / Thriller

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 4%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 17%
IMDb Rating 4.2 10 8054

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Claire Danes as Julie
Josh Brolin as Billy
Richard Jenkins as Mothershed
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 32 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 32 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by shoobe01-1 6 / 10

Disappointingly decent; so much more could have been made of it

Not as bad as the reputation it has. Sorta odd in the mediocre movie genre really, as it's got entirely good and sometimes very good acting (Giovanni Ribisi is a standout but even many supporting characters are great) with dialogue mostly written to back them up. Good photography, good editing, quite good music and sound editing.

But the overall story is a bit thin. Every bad guy has to have an Expository Meeting when the good guys are around, and the cops-or-informants thing was annoyingly vague for something that is at least 20% a police procedural. The whole Mod Squad thing also was mostly pointless. Either should have been free-standing or made into a period piece.

Reviewed by C. Sean Currie (hypestyle) 3 / 10

Not a Good Update of 60s/70sTV show

"The Mod Squad" is a motion picture update of the original TV series which originally aired in the late 60s/early 70s.

The original "Mod Squad" featured a trio of college aged friends circa 1970 who had unofficial detective status with the local Los Angeles police force and worked to solve crimes that were taking place among people their age. The story lines frequently dealt with then-timely topics of the counter culture, feminism, civil rights, racism, the war in Vietnam, the (Baby Boomer era) generation gap, and more. Without actually being cops, this was a precursor of sorts to the 1980s-era 21 Jump Street.

This film takes the basic, general concept of the Mod Squad, but doesn't execute the story very well. The lead characters (played by Omar Epps, Giovanni Ribisi, Claire Daines) all come across as sullen twits who have had previous scrapes with the law as teens, but somehow have come under the mentorship of a police Captain (played by a wasted Dennis Farina.) **Major Spoilers** the death of the Captain early on in the story prompts a revenge investigation by the Squad, but his death puts a cap on finding out just why this guy was so committed to mentoring these delinquents instead of just allowing the book to be thrown at them, years ago.

The main plot has the team investigating a drug ring that heavily uses young adults as mules/dealers. Of course, the main boss is anything but someone their age, hence the "don't trust anyone over 25" attitude among the trio.

Julie (Danes) has a cheating boyfriend, and in one sequence she sets his car and clothes on fire in revenge. This comes only a few years removed from a similar tactic seen in "Waiting to Exhale", so there's a bit of anticlimactic context to it.

The villain is a generic mobster, and a sequence where he wants to dance with one of the male Squad guys is played straight, but comes across as an awkward gay-panic joke.

The theater audience I saw this with got more of a hoot out of Eddie Griffin's cameo than they did out of Omar Epps' entire performance.

About the only role I envied in this film was Claire Danes' pants.

Reviewed by Python Hyena 2 / 10

The Moron Squad.

The Mod Squad (1999): Dir: Scott Silver / Cast: Giovanni Ribisi, Claire Danes, Omar Epps, Dennis Farina, Josh Brolin: Idiotic film based on a TV show and never displaying a thread of suspense. The three principal characters are introduced quickly and thrown right into the middle of an action chase sequence. The squad is played by Claire Danes, Giovanni Ribisi and Omar Epps with Dennis Farina as their boss who employs them as cops because they can blend in better. They will need to blend into something after being associated with this shame. Then Farina is murdered with drugs found on him and the squad is picked up for questioning. Director Scott Silver does his best with the deadpan script but is backed by high powered action scenes. The characters are seen as types as oppose to personalities. They are basically suppose to fly about the screen and make violent contact with faceless thugs. Ribisi, Danes and Epps are far too talented for this pointless charade, and Farina is capable of much better than playing the ever familiar boss who ends up dead. Josh Brolin is another case of wasted talent in this pathetic charade nonsense. The film exists for its T.V. inspiration and it is a failure in every aspect. The screenplay requires more energy and detail than presented here. As a result the filmmakers released a pitiful excuse for a film worthy of a mob stomping. Score: 2 / 10

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