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Corky Romano

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2001 1 Jan
Corky Romano
from Film Forum, 10/18/01

Since Bandits doesn't sound like it measures up, you might be tempted to buy a ticket to Corky Romano, the latest in the long mediocre line of Saturday Night Live spinoffs. Comedian Chris Kattan plays a clumsy veterinarian who happens to be the black sheep in a family of mobsters. Corky's dad (Peter Falk) calls on him to play an important part in a mob job, in spite of complaints from the grumbling gangster brothers (including Reservoir Dogs' Chris Penn.)

The USCC reports, "Director Rob Pritts' tired fish-out-of-water premise garners a few chuckles from the silly circumstances and Kattan's shameless lunacy, but the comedy trudges along, feebly throwing in a lesson about family acceptance at the end."

Focus on the Family praises Kattan, but shoots down the movie: "Like an enthusiastic tour guide who has ingested too many triple lattes, Kattan injects the title character with manic energy. If only the captivating chaos didn't degenerate so quickly into profane exchanges, sexual innuendo, and nasty slapstick. Also, Pops and his gay son learn to embrace his sexual identity, implying that viewers should, too. Nothing funny about that."

Preview's Paul Bicking says, "Although it tries to have a good heart, Corky has a mob of problems."

Michael Elliott sees where the film might have worked, but didn't. "Because the film's premise is so silly, I can't imagine that the filmmakers were reaching for poignancy at any moment. If they were, the point they might have been trying to make is that each of us is unique in some way and that we shouldn't suppress that."

Mainstream critics didn't even get as far as arguing about the film's ethics. Ebert, for example, is displeased with the film on every level. "Corky Romano is like a dead zone of comedy. The concept is exhausted, the ideas are tired, the physical gags are routine, the story is labored, the actors look like they can barely contain their doubts about the project."