Picks and Pans Review: Gang Related

updated 10/27/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/27/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

James Belushi, Tupac Shakur, James Earl Jones, Dennis Quaid

It's impolite to speak ill of the dead, so the less said about this last film by the late Shakur, the better. Suffice it to say that the rapper-actor comes off better than the movie, an implausible drama in which Belushi, blaringly loutish, and Shakur play corrupt cops who rob and murder drug dealers, one of whom turns out to have been an undercover DEA agent. Oops. As the two scramble to cover their tracks, things go from dumb to even dopier. Ditto for director-writer Jim Kouf's screenplay, which relies heavily on dubious coincidences. What Jones and Quaid are doing in this rotting compost heap is best left for them to ask their agents. (R)

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