Corky Romano

Directed by Rob Pritts
Starring: Chris Kattan, Vinessa Shaw, Peter Falk, Peter Berg, Chris Penn, Fred Ward, Richard Roundtree, Matthew Glave, Vincent Pastore.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug and sex-related humor, and for language.

Review by Matt Heffernan <>
October 28, 2001

Contrary to what some people might think, Corky Romano is not yet another spin-off of "Saturday Night Live", even though it stars current "SNL" castmember Chris Kattan and is just about as good as the last few "SNL" films. That is to say, it was pretty bad.

The premise itself is ridiculous, but I guess it's supposed to be (that might be why the filmmakers think it's funny, despite all contradicting evidence). Kattan plays the title character, the outcast son of mob boss "Pops" Romano (Peter Falk), who is under investigation by the FBI. Corky is enlisted by the family to infiltrate the FBI, since he is the only member without a criminal record.

Of course, he can't just join the FBI. He has to pose as Agent C. Pissant (it's French!) and report for a new assignment at the New York bureau office. OK, at this point you have to figure that the Romano family already has somebody in the FBI who is making it possible for Corky to do this. But no, it is up to Corky to find the evidence against Pops and steal it. However, he is distracted from this mission after he bumbles his way into leading the case against a heroin dealer called the "Night Vulture".

What can I say? This film is just stupid. Not stupid in any funny way, mind you, just plain stupid. The only glimmer of comedy appears when Kattan does some rather painful-looking physical schtick, but even that wears thin after a while. Mostly, the film is clumsy, showing a total lack of comic timing or even continuity from first-time director Rob Pritts and whoever edited this thing.

Not only are Kattan and Falk embarrassed by this dreck, but so are other respectable talents like Peter Berg, Chris Penn, Fred Ward, and Richard Roundtree. That's right -- not even Shaft could get out of this one.

I do hope that this film and Monkeybone don't destroy Kattan's film career. I think he still has a lot to offer Hollywood, given the right project. As for Pritts, perhaps he can find work at the post office.

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