It's always fun to watch acclaimed actors break out of the dignified ruts they live in and get down in the dirt. Now it's Julianne Moore's turn in this silly, pulpy drama masquerading as socially conscious cinema. Moore plays a loony former addict whose four-year-old son has been kidnapped by a black carjacker in the middle of a public housing project.
Or has he? Enter Sam Jackson, a weary detective with a lost child of his own, Edie Falco as an obsessive missing-child tracker, a slew of big bad cops and an even bigger mob of angry African-American housing project residents and you have Do the Right Thing for people who don't want to think very much. It's a big lumpy mess of a movie, with a screaming, crying and babbling Moore at the center providing the unintentional laughs. You won't be thrilled; you won't be held in suspense. But you'll get your money's worth of giggles.