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Review: 'Gangster Squad' Misses the Mark

A group of pretty-boy cops goes all "gangsta" to take down a mob boss who looks a lot like Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

Review: 'Gangster Squad' Misses the Mark

Editor's note: "Gangster Squad" is playing at Regal Cinemas Medlock Crossings in Johns Creek. Click here for times and tickets.

A Chicago gangster moves out to Los Angeles, killing his way to the top, only to be met by a few honest cops in "Gangster Squad."

Sean Penn overacts as the main bad guy while the good guys include Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena and Nick Nolte.

The undercover spy femme fatale is Emma Stone in this wildly ridiculous, over-the-top movie.

I couldn't tell if the film wanted to be a serious gangster drama (circa 1940s) or an action-adventure film for kids.

It's trying to be more like "The Untouchables" but ends up more like "Dick Tracy."

The Flick-O-Meter gives "Gangster Squad" a two out of five.

Sadly, the most attention this film got was six months ago after the Aurora, CO, movie theater shootings. A pivotal moment in the film had to be cut out because it involved a bunch of mobsters machine gunning their way through a movie theater. Fortunately no one is going to take this movie seriously, and I don't think the clip, cut or not, would have made much of a difference.

Other than the over-the-top violence, the film is really skewed for a nine-year-old boy. It's so cheerfully pulpy, it's childish. Sorry, that's just my opinion.

Let me know what you think. Go to my Facebook page; it's called TheBrettside.

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