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Hit: A Mobumentary Film Review


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Director Blake Calhoun turns his video camera and his substantive sense of irony to a pair of the most overworked genres in film today: the mobster movie and the mockumentary.

In Hit, Calhoun traces the work and play of the Pascadelli family, a once great crime family that now encompasses four people (not related, even) and has faded into irrelevance. Calhoun uses this as his thesis: That today's mob is pathetically neutered, resorting to putting out phony return bins at Blockbuster to steal videos, hosting playground craps games, and a foray into "eStortion" -- extortion by email. The gags work as often as they flop, making Hit par for the course.

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