Writer-director-actor Ed Burns' scrappy debut, THE BROTHERS McMULLEN got by on sheer low-rent verve: You kind of had to admire a static, grainy, financed-on-the-fly little movie that dared to be so out of sync with contemporary fashions in first movies. It offered
viewers no guns, no drugs, no strippers, no heists, no self-referential cleverness, nothing but a bunch of white guys sitting around talking. But this $3.5-million rehash -- about the brothers Fitzpatrick and their
troubles with girls -- is a real turnoff: smug, smarmy and utterly
unconvincing. Mick (Burns) is a cab driver who impulsively marries the wacky Hope (Maxine Bahns). His brother Frank (Mi...