The Mod Squad Movie Review
Sometimes a movie comes along that isn't bad but it just does not have one single thing to offer. The likes of which are found in The Mod Squad, a recreation of a television show that is before my time, and I presume, since the show did spawn a movie, that it was decent. The movie is not. We are presented with three losers as the main characters, the worst of all played by Giovanni Ribisi. He is a talented actor, as seen in Saving Private Ryan, but resorting back to teenager-hood is not a good move. He acts bummed out the entire movie; his voice does not fluctuate in the least. Next comes Omar Epps, who is not portrayed as a loser but still is considered a loser in the movie. He's about as good as it gets in this movie, as he handles most of the almost non-existent action. Third and last comes Claire Danes, who, though an exceptional actress, has nothing to show but looks.
The problem with the movie does not lie in the plot as much as it does in the fact that the movie is just plain boring. It focuses around three teenagers who have had trouble with the law in the past but are not working for the law to keep out of prison. The movie tries to make us feel for these characters, and we do in a few scenes, but it tries too hard, which takes away from the goal of the movie. The Mod Squad should be a hip, action-packed thriller with a PG-13 rating and characters that can appeal to people of all ages. Danes can attract older teen males, but she can be seen doing much better work in much better films, and her character in Squad does have a sentimental side that will appeal to the younger teen girl, but that's about it. The guys, the way they are portrayed, won't attract anyone (not the actors, but the characters). Back to the original point, there just is not enough action. We get a shootout here, a car chase there, and a nifty little ending sequence that can be topped in about every action movie out there.
The Mod Squad should be mopped up, because what could be a relatively successful franchise is a wasted, boring, unsophisticated piece of amateur crap.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.