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Corky Romano
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by Erik Childress

"Makes You Yearn for 'Deuce Bigalow 2'"
2 stars

“Corky Romano” comes from the long tradition of Saturday Night Live breakouts and “flypaper comedies”. These lightweight films are typically identified by its attempt to throw every potential joke on the screen with the hope that some of them will stick. The SNL films and their latter-day successors, starring the likes of Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider, usually apply that approach and have found themselves mostly successful, at least at the box office. Now comes exiled SNL-vet Chris Kattan, getting his first non-SNL inspired starring role in a film that somehow misplaced the flypaper and tried to use looseleaf.

The character of Corky Romano is sort of the illegitimate unwanted cousin of Ace Ventura. He’s a gifted veterinarian who can identify any animal’s malady like Sherlock Holmes in a dog park, but doesn’t have the stomach to put any of them out of that misery. That’s a family trait Corky never developed as he’s the prodigal son of the Romano crime family, who are the target of a federal investigation thanks to an inside informant. So the Corkster is called back to take one for the home team by impersonating an FBI agent to steal the incriminating evidence.

High concept perhaps and the name of the game is non-stop silliness, but one of the film’s many problems is that the silliness stops so frequently. As if we really care about the clothesline plot enough to have virtually every single relationship in the movie given closure. Just live up to the “wackiness ensues” mantra. Other than his penchant for 80s pop tunes, Corky isn’t much of a comic character. Sometimes he’s childlike, other times he knows just what to say, making the childish tendencies just annoying.

Chris Kattan is a gifted physical comedian and could easily go one-on-one with Jim Carrey in a twitch contest, but this film never lets him loose. In last February’s box office and critical disaster, “Monkeybone”, Kattan kicked it into overdrive in the final 20 minutes with his hysterically manic portrayal of a deceased Olympic gymnast with a broken neck possessed by the spirit of a dead cartoonist. That one sentence has more comic ideas than anything Kattan is allowed to let loose with in Corky. His cocaine-induced frenzy in front of a group of school children is the only character moment that produces sustained laughter.

Even the supporting cast falls victim to the stilted direction by first-time helmer Rob Pritts. Peter Berg and Chris Penn get a few chuckles as Corky’s bullying brothers, one an illiterate; the other a repressed homosexual. Neither of them gets the chance to take their politically incorrect traits to the humor level which would have demanded another shakedown from GLAD (see: Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back). Matthew Glave (Drew Barrymore’s fiance in The Wedding Singer) makes the most of Corky’s FBI nemesis, notably in his striving for attention as the bureau’s baa baa black sheep. The presence of Peter Falk is also worthy of a smile and Vincent Pastore has a very funny one-scene cameo as Corky’s vet replacement. Vinessa Shaw may have staked her territory as the next hot cutie, but she’s given absolutely zero to do other than to look serious, look happy and look hot.

Comedy is such a subjective concept that its hard to tell anybody what’s funny and what’s not. We can certainly try, after all one’s Monty Python is another’s Pauly Shore. That’s why flypaper comedies are released so often. The Farrelly Bros. raised the idea to an art form by combining the non-stop laughs with a finely tuned knack for storytelling. There’s nothing wrong with having just the non-stop laughs that Corky Romano shoots for, but they are playing with a limited number of darts. Many of the comic set pieces (or pieces of set pieces), fall dead flat ranking this effort somewhere above “The Ladies Man” but below “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo”.

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User Comments

2/21/05 Bill You know it made you laugh, c'mon, don't be shy-now go watch it! 5 stars
1/17/05 Jeff Anderson I SHOULD BUY A BOAT!! That hysterically funny line made me laugh. Otherwise, A BAD COMEDY!! 1 stars
9/25/04 tatum The supporting cast was often funnier than Kattan 3 stars
7/29/04 Harry J Lighten up! It's a comedy. Why be picky if it makes you laugh? 5 stars
1/17/04 J Chris Kattan, where did they found him at? The coc part was funny 2 stars
11/28/03 Samuel pretty good... 3 stars
9/27/02 John McNew Is it bad? No. Is it waful? No. Is it atrocious? No. Is it abominable? Just about... 1 stars
9/04/02 Stev To break the tie 1 stars
9/02/02 AshFan Okay, many hated this movie, but it made me laugh hard. Pissant? No, Pee-sant (it's French) 4 stars
7/20/02 Ed Slapstick stuff was brilliant. Great movie, until it tried to get a plot. 4 stars
6/04/02 Sarah Regelin ( This movie was alright some parts were really funny 4 stars
6/03/02 Tiffany Faye Hawthorne Actually a neat comic romp! What's a shit-biscuit, Veronica? 4 stars
5/20/02 J I dunno it was a tolerable film but its basically a rental only. 3 stars
4/15/02 Film Guy This Movie shits on itself 1 stars
3/12/02 Veronica Foxx -The Raven-Haired Temptress Out of all the SNL shmucks, Kattan had the most promise, but he had to do this shit-biscuit 1 stars
2/20/02 Xaver Cute at times. The main character was not developed well. 2 stars
1/12/02 Audra I wanna see this movie!! It looks great. 4 stars
10/30/01 Greg Nixon Urgent note to Director Pritts - Burn the negative and every print of this film, it is shit 1 stars
10/20/01 soelsen it was so funny...i would recomend it 5 stars
10/18/01 Sarah Regelin This movie was alright some parts were really funny 4 stars
10/17/01 VerbalK Gives Freddie and Joe Dirt a run for worst of the year. Saw it for free at least 1 stars
10/16/01 Jeff Semlow Thankfully, it came out the same year as Freddy Got Fingered, or would be years worst film 1 stars
10/16/01 Susan James I thought the movie was a perfect light-hearted comedy. I'd see it again and recommend it. 5 stars
10/15/01 Andrew Carden Corky Romano Is The Best Movie So Far This Season. 5 stars
10/15/01 Bob jones What a stinking pile of crap. 1 stars
10/14/01 Susan I thought the movie was hilarious. It was a good escapist movie from all the tension. 5 stars
10/14/01 James THIS MOVIE SUCKS! 1 stars
10/13/01 denny0123 It ruled man. I especially liked the part when the names of all the people came in the end 5 stars
10/12/01 k259it3ss hilairious... what else can you say? 5 stars
10/11/01 bats It wasn't as bad as I'd feared, but then, I saw it for free. 3 stars
10/11/01 Audra This movie looks hilairious!! I am looking forward to seeing it. Chris is good for the role 5 stars
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  12-Oct-2001 (PG-13)


  14-Feb-2002 (M)

Directed by
  Rob Pritts

Written by
  David Garrett
  Jason Ward

  Chris Kattan
  Peter Falk
  Peter Berg
  Richard Roundtree
  Vincent Pastore
  Chris Penn

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