Imagine the result avant-garde filmmaker Jim Jarmusch were to direct an Ed McBain police procedural, and you'll get an idea of the comic moxie displayed by this TNT basic-cable movie. While collaring small-time punks like Freshy (James Villemaire), FBI agent Cuthbert Gibbons (Colm Meaney) must rein in his hot-tempered partner, Mike Tozzi (Chris Noth, on the flipside of his dour detective Mike Logan of Law & Order
). Because he's the cousin of Cuthbert's overprotective wife, Lorraine (Mercedes Ruehl), Mike tries to impress his relative-by-marriage on the job. While they investigate loan sharks, Mike discovers he has something in common with a loose cannon Mafios...