The Mod Squad

1999

The Mod Squad

Critics Consensus

A sodden, overly stylized mess that's even less compelling than a TV episode.

3%

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17%

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In this film, Police Capt. Adam Greer finds three young people on their way to jail and gives them a choice: instead of going to jail, they can become a special undercover unit. This "Mod Squad" encounters a major problem when some drugs disappear from the police evidence locker.

Cast

Steve Harris
as Detective Briggs
Richard Jenkins
as Mothershed
Holmes Osborne
as Mr. Cochrane
Dey Young
as Mrs. Cochrane
Stephen Kay
as Bald Dude
Bodhi Elfman
as Gilbert--Skinny Freak
Monet Mazur
as Howard's Girlfriend, Sally
Steve Chambers
as Howard's Muscle
Thomas J. Huff
as Howard's Muscle
Gary McLarty
as Howard's Muscle
Carmen Llywellyn
as Alley Prostitute
Pilar Biggers
as Pickup Girl
Khristian Lupo
as Tiffany's Boyfriend
Joey Day
as Billy's Other Girlfriend
Dean Marsico
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for The Mod Squad

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (61)

Audience Reviews for The Mod Squad

  • Jul 23, 2012
    Not 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, 2011
    The 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, 2009
    A 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, 2009
    I 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

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