Saw this because George Pelecanos picked it during one of his co-hosting nights on TCM. I watched it without realizing that fact, and thought during the movie: "Hey, that one black detecting on the squad dresses and talks EXACTLY like Bunk from The Wire! I wonder if David Simon saw this movie?"
Well, then the movie ended, and I learned who had picked it, and it ALL made sense. Seriously--check out a scene near the start of the movie, after…
We watched this because PSH's small amount of screen time is 100% awesome, but the whole thing is good. Very good.
I liked this a lot more now than I did the first time I saw it.
Be sure to watch the Mattress Man commercial on the second disc of the DVD if you can find it. I'm sure it's online somewhere, too.