Focus is on two square-jawed beat cops, 20-year veteran Ron Friendly (Ben Murphy) and younger John Holloway (Lee Corbin). Former is a by-the-book hard-liner who nonetheless becomes inappropriately attentive to a street prostitute (Angela Harry), despite having a high-strung wife. The hulking Holloway is a contrasting, incongruous softie who's started the "Hugs for Thugs" program (matching lonely seniors with needy prison inmates). When latter briefly suffers a nervous breakdown, pic tries out another cop subject in vainglorious stud Officer Chico Blades (Frayne Rosanoff), who's a little too camera-ready for his own good. Situations are more silly than hilarious; major error lies in giving much screen time to ostensible documentarian Jake (Jake Wall), whose wiseacre attitude further weakens unconvincing stabs at faux-verite realism. Perfs are OK, tech package adequate.
Camera (color), Chris Manley; editor, Danny
Saphire; production designer, Tommy Estridge. Reviewed at San
Francisco IndieFest, Feb. 3, 2002. Running time: 85 MIN.
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