The Mod Squad
1999, Drama, 1h 34m63 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings
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The Mod Squad aims for stylish cool and thrilling adventure, but collapses in an incoherent jumble of dated source material and unintentional hilarity. Read critic reviews
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Captain Adam Greer
Det. Bob Mothershed
Det. Tom Eckford
Det. Earnie Lanier
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Critic Reviews for The Mod Squad
There are only two possible reactions to the film version of The Mod Squad: Either you hate it or you really hate it.
Whatever countercultural kick the original Mod Squad had going for it, it has long since faded like a favorite pair of blue jeans, the kind you remember fondly but wouldn't dream of wearing again.March 21, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
The film's resolute failure is clearly a group effort requiring not just an awful script and flat-footed direction, but also terrible acting, an intrusive and derivative score, and a plot that seems to have been lifted from an unproduced Baretta teleplay.
Nothing really fits together and just to make it worse, the movie is ugly.
The Mod Squad is one of the flimsiest excuses for a movie I've seen in ages.
Maybe someone thought a new Mod Squad would be hip, but it's just a big jive turkey.March 21, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for The Mod Squad
Jul 23, 2012Not quite the hip, engaging thriller it was made out to be, this TV adaption begs the constant question of "Why?". Besides starring Giovanni Ribisi, who never disappoints, The Mod Squad telegraphs its twists and remains unconvincing and uninspiring through its entire run-time.Christopher H Super Reviewer
Mar 16, 2011The story centers around three juvenile delinquents that Captain Greer (Dennis Farina) of the L.A.P.D. has taken under his wing and turned into his secret weapon against crime. To use Greer's words, "these kids can get into a thousand places that we (the cops) can't." The trio consists of Linc (Omar Epps), Julie (Claire Danes) and Pete (Giovanni Ribisi). When Greer is murdered, the three are cut loose but decide to investigate the killing themselves. As they begin to dig they find a much more complicated conspiracy that they could have imagined, involving criminals as well as dirty cop straight out of the movies, ah, the bitter sweet irony. Also starring Josh Brolin.Deb S Super Reviewer
Oct 27, 2009A film that wants very badly to be "hip" but ends up like a 30 year old man saying "epic fail" all the time. Three delinquents are recruited by the cops only to find that (shock horror!) the cops are dirty and dealing drugs. And anyone who doesn't suss out that Brolin is a bad guy should stick to Disney. Ribisi comes out of it with some credibility - the scene where he goes back to his parents is really touching. The film also avoids chucking in a love story. It was probably a good idea at some point.Marcus W Super Reviewer
Apr 29, 2009I remember seeing promos for this movie as a teenager and thinking, "Hmm, this looks interesting. Some young 20-somethings who act like the criminals they bust. Plus they're kinda cool." I think this movie was promoted falsely. When I finally saw the film 10 years later (yesterday), I was given a big steaming pile of disappointment. This is film is about a trio of down-on-their-luck TEENAGE delinquents who are sorta-unofficial undercover cops who can get into places old fuddy duddy cops can't. The real cops hate them, but they're successful every now and then, until they end up in the middle of an Internal Affairs operation involving the theft of evidence. The dialogue was dumb, there were weird random moments (most involving Giovanni Ribisi, who I think is hot, but NOT in this flick), and random attempts by one of the cops to be as sexist and racist as possible whenever the camera was on him. I killed an hour or so, but I kinda wish I'd done it another way.Remi L Super Reviewer