Corky Romano Movie Review
How is it that some of the funniest people on television, namely the "stars" of "Saturday Night Live," can make such dreadful comedies time and time again? While older faces such as Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, and so forth have made names for themselves, the people of the last five years just can't get it together. Look at A Night at the Roxbury, Superstar, and The Ladies Man... yes, they were funny, for about five minutes.
Though not based on a specific SNL skit as far as I know, Corky Romano follows suit and is a God-awful movie. Chris Kattan flaps his way all over the screen without stopping and trying to think of something that is genuinely funny. The problem is that Kattan has forgotten what makes comedy funny, and instead of dropping in hilarious bits of dialogue, he just relies solely on physical comedy. And no one wants to watch physical comedy for an hour and a half.|
Corky Romano is about a veterinarian named Corky, who, as it turns out, is the annoying son of a large mob boss. Facing prison, the father enlists his estranged son to infiltrate the FBI and recover the evidence that is going to be used against him. Of course, Corky has no idea what he is doing, and, along with the fact that he is a complete klutz when it comes to all things, continues to mess up in his duties as an FBI Agent. Nevertheless, he always gets the job done and his advisor just thinks he has unconventional methods. This mess-up-and-get-a-slap-on-the-back kind of comedy works in some movies, but not when it is done a good five or six times (Corky steps on a dead body but recognizes maggots which helps determine the time of death, blows up a gas station but is congratulated because he took down a criminal without killing him, saves his brothers by farting in their faces - yes, I know - and gets away scotch free in the end when the FBI realizes that he is actually the son of the mob boss).
Corky Romano is extremely cheesy, and I do realize that it was intended to be so, but not to this degree. Most of the movie just doesn't make sense, and almost all of the comedy involves Kattan bouncing around and dropping things. This gets old after about one minute. The only really funny part in the entire movie comes when Kattan accidentally spills cocaine all over himself and gets high, and then goes to talk to a bunch of little kids. He can barely talk, let along stay still, and it is pretty damn hilarious. Other than that, though, I cringed more than laughed.
When all is said and done, Corky Romano is a pretty harmless movie, but it is just so blatantly stupid that even fans of stupid movies (like me) can't stand it. The sappy moments at the end make it look like some bad episode of "Full House" and the rest just make it look like an hour and a half skit on SNL go awry, and we know what a five minute skit gone awry looks like. I definitely do not recommend this movie to anyone, as it is a waste of money.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.