Starts off great--mob comedy kinda thing with some good sharp lines and strong acting from Vincent Berry, Kevin Pollak, Seymour Cassel, Richard Foronjy, and Joe Mantegna, not to mention Jennifer Tilly. We get to the halfway point and it's still relatively good.
Then things start to unravel. Cassel, who plays a mob boss and Mantegna's father, orders his son to hit a specific person who belongs to the family of a rival mob, after an opening scene in which a teenager is killed in an explosion. The teenager is a relative of Cassel's. We know we're in serious trouble when Mantegna and his crew can't find a suitable hit man and squabble about it. They finally "hit" on Joe Pantoliano, who plays Charlie Flynn, a nutjob confined to a loony bin, who also happens to be married to Jennifer Tilly, Mantegna's former lover.
After that, the comedy element just about disappears completely and we have a film that has truly lost its sense of direction. The person to be hit by Mantegna turns out to be a big surprise and then when one of the characters, later, is tragically killed, the film has, it's obvious, given up trying to be coherent and is seen shrugging its shoulders--"Why me? I'm just a movie. Do I have to make sense so that you the viewer can enjoy me? NO. I DON'T. So don't try to make me."
Groan. For a much better film written and directed by the same filmmaker, Mark Malone, see Bulletproof Heart with Anthony LaPaglia and Mimi Rogers. Unfortunately, it's not on DVD. But it's a strong piece of work. The only reason I gave Hoods two stars is because Mantegna, Tilly, and Pollak all turn in strong performances, even though the material is weaker than Grade Z shampoo.
Must to avoid.