Flash Review: Gangster Squad [2013]



This high school production of L.A. Confidential is all forced style and no substance, no meat. Gangster Squad is marginally entertaining, but it also is an utter waste of tremendous potential, especially considering the cast, whose talents are squandered reciting the cheesiest writing. Sean Penn simultaneously overdoes it and phones it in, while Emma Stone’s thoroughly inconsequential role could’ve been played by a mannequin and it would’ve achieved the same effect (plus, it’d be cheaper and less offensive for women). The climax features the dullest boxing match I’ve ever seen.

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