The Mod Squad

"Terrible"

The Mod Squad Review


As anyone who has read my last two reviews: short films that studios and people alike have never heard of and are available for free download via the internet, you can probably guess that I have it out against the current regime of Hollywood movies, which, after seeing basically crap for about four months, is beginning to make Communist Russia under Stalin seem like a pretty friendly place.

In case that hasn't tipped you off, my gripes about The Mod Squad, a movie based on a late-sixties, early-seventies TV show that wasn't that great to begin with, should probably clue you in. I am not saying starring, because anyone who would act in this film and consider themselves a star for it is either a drunk or has an agent that's a drunk, probably the latter. I can forgive Giovanni Ribisi, on the account of the fact that he's acted in good movies (unlike Epps and Danes, who rarely even get close to a good role). He's been in Gus Van Sant and he even does a good job among the twentysomething shoot-the-actors while making them popular sitcom of Friends, where several good actors seem to go to work the bad acting out of their system (i.e. Lisa Kudrow). I maybe can forgive Dennis Farina, who is at least killed off before the movie gets really bad.

The rest of it, I hate.

Being the eternal optomist that I am, I'll have to give you a few good points. For one, it has a really nice soundtrack. For two, it's fun to pick on. The script is so bland and unoriginal that I will further investigate my theory that major movie studios are experimenting on monkeys turning out scripts for them, and anonymously email my evidence to the ACLU and ASPCA for them to lobby and handle.

The director tries to light his film like it's noir: half of it takes place in a nightclub and it shows. When I came out of the theatre my eyes hurt from the light changing so much. He also tries to act like he's Richard Donner, taking all that could have been a good scene from the Lethal Weapon saga. I can forgive him for it to, after all, he directed the cheap film Johns, and someone whose done something that bad doesn't need to be kicked when he's down.

Unfortunately, the movie doesn't show us the same courtesy.

Basically, frame one is the movie's high point and it goes down from there. Watching this movie, I understand why the Mad Bomber placed his bombs under the seats of movie theatres. Claire Danes, Omar Epps, and Giovanni Ribsi make up a mod squad (insult to our intelligence: both terms are defined at the beginning of the film) of undercover cops under the command of Dennis Farina. They stumble upon a drug conspiracy with corrupt cops (What movies was that? Take your pick.). They find love, shoot the bad guys, and act cool (they wear Ray Bans on a cop's salary). And in the end, the world is safe for democracy and even more drug dealers.

No one does a good job in the movie, no one makes the façade of cool stand up. Even the target audience won't enjoy this film. Face it, it sucks.

The film tries to be funny. It fails. It tries to be cool. It fails at that, too. It tries to be enjoyable. Strike three, you're out.

Odd Squad.



The Mod Squad

Facts and Figures

Run time: 92 mins

In Theaters: Friday 26th March 1999

Box Office Worldwide: $13.3M

Budget: $50M

Distributed by: MGM

Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 4%
Fresh: 2 Rotten: 50

IMDB: 4.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Julie Barnes, as Peter Cochran, as Lincoln Hayes, as Captain Adam Greer, as Billy Waites, as Det. Briggs, as Det. Bob Mothershed

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Free State of Jones Movie Review

Free State of Jones Movie Review

Since its true story is still so timely after some 150 years, we can forgive...

Deepwater Horizon Movie Review

Deepwater Horizon Movie Review

This reunion of actor Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg feels like a natural successor...

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Movie Review

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Movie Review

Ransom Riggs' bestselling novel is appropriately adapted into a movie by Tim Burton, the gothic...

Get Back Movie Review

Get Back Movie Review

Roger Appleton's documentary 'Get Back' looks into the music scene that come out of Liverpool....

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Advertisement
Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.