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'Hits' slams into ugly slurs

'Hits' slams into ugly slurs

The ensemble satire "Hits" takes aim at fame, viral videos, small-town dreamers, Brooklyn hipsters, white rappers, Zipcars and other zeitgeisty topics. And for much of the film's trimmable running time, writer-director David Cross amuses with pointed observations, recognizable character types and potentially loaded situations.

Unfortunately, by the end, thanks to a misguided use of a few offensive slurs against gays and African Americans, the whole thing turns needlessly ugly, undermining the goodwill Cross had mustered.

Set and shot mainly in the aptly named, upstate New York berg of Liberty, the movie follows the intersection of two darkly comic story lines. The...

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