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Hoodlum Hoodlum is as generic as its title. A compendium of every gangster-flick motif known to man, this lethargic portrait of the rise and...HoodlumMystery and Thriller, Action/Adventure, DramaR Hoodlum is as generic as its title. A compendium of every gangster-flick motif known to man, this lethargic portrait of the rise and...1998-01-09

Hoodlum

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Action/Adventure, Drama; Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams; MPAA Rating: R

Hoodlum is as generic as its title. A compendium of every gangster-flick motif known to man, this lethargic portrait of the rise and fall of Harlem kingpin Ellsworth ”Bumpy” Johnson is distinguished only by the skin color of its run-of-the-mill assortment of ambitious hoods, a novelty that compensates for only so long. Laurence Fishburne’s performance as Bumpy is compelling enough—there’s a singularly electrifying scene in which he demands to know who the heck put almonds on his banana split—but everything surrounding him is strictly dullsville. It’s time to give this worn-out genre a long, long rest. C