The Mod Squad 2009 R CC

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Big screen version of the trend-setting 1960s television series, contemporizing the premise for the '90s. A trio of juvenile delinquents become undercover cops to infiltrate a drug ring in the ultra-hip L.A. club scene.

Starring:
Claire Danes, Giovanni Ribisi
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action
Director Scott Silver
Starring Claire Danes, Giovanni Ribisi
Supporting actors Omar Epps, Dennis Farina, Josh Brolin, Steve Harris, Richard Jenkins, Larry Brandenburg, Lionel Mark Smith, Sam McMurray, Michael O'Neill, Stephen Kay, Bodhi Elfman, Holmes Osborne, Dey Young, Toby Huss, Michael Lerner, Monet Mazur, Mariah O'Brien, Steven Chambers
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "dvdbuff1" on June 13, 2000
Format: DVD
And if it weren't for this fact, I would have turned this movie off 30 minutes into it. The cinematographer seems to have used Claire's looks to greatest advantage in the movie, as you see lots of close-up shots of her, brooding.
Giovanni Ribisi and Omar Epps spend most of the movie brooding, as well, and posing in scenes intended to make them look "cool." Other than that, the plot is insipid, the overall look of this movie is quite grey, and the movie itself seems to be a disconnected series of scenes, moving from one to the next. In fact, the movie is quite hard to follow because the scenes are mostly disconnected from each other. Moreover, the overall feel of the movie is grim: everyone has major problems or dies (or both) and almost nothing light or entertaining ever happens. Even the few scenes that attempt to inject some levity into the movie are trite (for example, Giovanni Ribisi drives Epps' convertible up to a car wash, and it accidentally gets caught in the wash track, leading to a good soaping of the interior) and ultimately fall flat.
If you want to get this movie to look at Claire Danes' captivating face, or perhaps you have a crush on Epps or Ribisi, then by all means, get the movie. You won't be disappointed. But if you are looking for a vehicle with a plot, some substance, or something enjoyable to watch, get something else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "donnee" on January 3, 2000
Format: DVD
There is a plot,the movie has style, but there is alot ofthings that this movie can do without. I hate the fact that they madeGiovanni Ribisi play his character as if he was still in his mentally challenged role in "The Other Sister". Also, the script could have been better; the screenwriter should have made up his mind on whether or not use the slang from the sixties, or stay with the nineties. And by the way, what the heck is up with Omar's wardrobe?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
Format: DVD
While Claire Danes is stunning in this slow, boring action flick, I found the film to be less than entertaining. The premise for "The Mod Squad" is excellent, and could have been just great, but the plot falls short of anything expected by the viewer. Although this movie is definitely not worth buying, it's a good choice for video rental.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Baldwin on October 7, 2012
Format: DVD
What a dreary exercise this is! When Hollywood adapts TV shows to the big screen it would help to have a decent script. It's flicks like this that tanked M-G-M as a viable studio. The basic story comes from a cookie cutter involving corrupt cops, a prostitution ring, and stolen drugs from the police evidence room. There's more originality in a typical episode of "T.J. Hooker". The three young leads(Claire Danes, Omar Epps, Giovanni Ribisi) do their best to breathe life in this inert dreck to little avail. Dennis Farina as Captain Greer does himself a favor by dying early and not having to suffer the grind of being in the majority of this swill. Avoid this one at all costs. Noteworthy, if anybody cares, Dey Young who played Kate Rambeau in the cult classic "Rock 'N' Roll High School" appears briefly as Ribisi's mother.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Cooper on September 25, 2001
Format: DVD
When I heard they were doing a "re-make" of the ground-breaking, popular and critically-acclaimed Mod Squad tv show, I had a bad feeling about it. I decided to give it a shot, though. Big mistake. When about the only thing you keep from the original are the names, you know a movie is in trouble. They made Julie, who originally was very emotional and fragile, into a fistfighting brat, and turned the passionate Pete Cochran character into a clown and a moron. The director obviously had no regard for the original, which is too bad. The tv show Mod Squad was nominated for writing and acting Emmys; it broke ground on subjects from racism, to abortion and sex education. The actors were top-notch. None of that can be said about the movie. My recomendation - skip the movie, and rent videos of the original!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RT on December 18, 1999
Format: DVD
Amazing how so much action, noise, pulsing rock music and lively young actors can add up to such a dull movie. I rated it one star because Amazon won't allow Zero stars. This one is unwatchable, literally. Not even laughable so you can't sit there and mock it. It is just boring and dull. Rent anything else at all - you're sure to like it better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2006
Format: DVD
The Mod Squad isn't a movie, it's a void. That's the most fascinating thing about it and the thing that kept me watching - I'd never seen a film that offered absolutely nothing before. It's a film without any reason to exist whatsoever, seemingly consciously designed to appeal to no-one as if made purely as a contractual obligation to someone the studio really dislike. There is no plot, there is no characterization, there are no set piece action scenes, there aren't even any scenes as such, just a progression of increasingly empty shots projected at 24 frames per second. I'm not talking about empty as in dumb summer blockbuster but empty as in "We haven't got the pages yet so just point the camera at something and stop when you've got 90 minutes worth." It makes you appreciate the `artistic achievements' of the movie versions of Charlie's Angels and S.W.A.T. that much more. What it does offer is far too much of Giovanni Ribisi at his most tediously execrable doing his bastard son of a thousand morons impersonating Marlon Brando method acting routine, Michael Lerner dancing with Omar Epps and... no, that's it. Oh, Clare Danes has a nice smile in one shot. And Dennis Farina has the sense to get killed off early. Genuinely the most utterly pointless film ever made, it's like L'Humanite without the jokes but, you know, for kids.
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