- Actors: Chris Kattan, Chris Penn, Dave Sheridan, Matthew Glave, Peter Berg
- Directors: Rob Pritts
- Writers: David Garrett, Jason Ward
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: French, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
- Release Date: May 14 2002
- Run Time: 86 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00005JKJJ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,035 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Corky Romano (Widescreen)
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Chris Kattan (A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY, TV's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), Peter Falk (TV's COLUMBO), Peter Berg (COP LAND, TV's CHICAGO HOPE), and Chris Penn (RUSH HOUR) star in this hilarious, fish-out-of-water comedy caper from two of the producers of THE WATERBOY. Naive, bumbling Corky Romano (Kattan), the outcast son of a Mafia boss (Falk), is recruited by his family to infiltrate the FBI and steal any and all evidence that will put his cranky father in jail. But he's in way over his head when he's made out to be a super agent! It's a reputation he must live up to as he tries to fake his way through one tough assignment after another while hunting for the elusive incriminating proof of his father's illegal activities.
The setup is promising: The Romano mob family know that they're being betrayed by a hidden FBI informant in their ranks, so they decide to send a family member under cover to destroy the evidence against them--but the only family member the FBI won't recognize is the family black sheep, Corky (Chris Kattan), a touchy-feely aspiring veterinarian. But once Corky goes undercover, his klutzy ways accidentally make him the star of the FBI, sparking envy from his fellow agents and arousing suspicion in the mob. Though the script of Corky Romano declines as the movie goes on, Kattan actually keeps the picture going; his spastic, sniveling, childish energy is engaging, and at its best the production bubbles over with silliness. It only falls flat when Kattan has to behave in a remotely adult manner, which fortunately doesn't happen very often. Cheerful dopiness. Featuring Peter Falk, Peter Berg, and Chris Penn as mobsters. --Bret FetzerSee all Product description
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Version of Corky Romano Reviewed: Touchstone Entertainment Widescreen DVD, 2003
ABOUT THE FILM
The Premise: Corky Romano (Chris Kattan) is the black sheep son in a dysfunctional, quirky mafia family. He's not a fan of the family business--he's much more concerned with animals (he's an assistant veterinarian), helping people, and spreading good cheer and hugs (think of a less "flamboyant" version of Richard Simmons). Because of this, after his mother passed away, his father (Peter Falk) and brothers (Peter Berg and Chris Penn) disowned him. However, when the family business is threatened by an informant working with the FBI, they need someone whom they can trust, but who isn't a known link to the family, to pose as an FBI agent and find out what they know and how they know it. Corky is unwillingly recruited for the job.
Facts And Assessments To Help You Decide Whether You Might Like This Film:
This is a fish-out-of-water comedy, and more specifically, would fit into a "Saturday Night Live comedy" genre. The Saturday Night Live comedy genre, with Kattan being the formal link to Saturday Night Live here, usually plays something like a film-length skit from the show, with more expensive production values, and a more formally structured plot. Although a lot of the humor can be sophomoric (which isn't meant as a value judgment--a lot of people, including me, enjoy sophomoric humor), Saturday Night Live comedies often have more sophisticated comedic subtexts, too. Corky Romano is heavier on the sophomoric and slapstick side.
Fans of the genre, and especially Chris Kattan fans, are most likely to enjoy the film. If some of Kattan's work on Saturday Night Live could get on your nerves, you may quickly grow tired of him in the film. If you're primarily interested in Corky Romano because you like other actors in the film, such as Peter Falk, be aware that besides Kattan, most of the other roles are more like "bit parts".
ABOUT THE DISC
Compared to a lot of recent releases, Corky Romano is a bit slim on special features. There are two "extended scenes", each only a few minutes long. One was definitely an alternate take. The other may have just been edited. In my view, both of these were even funnier than the versions that ended up in the final cut--this can be either positive (in that it's quality material as an extra) or a negative (in that it makes you realize that the film could have been even funnier), depending on how you look at it.
If you are interested in the process of filmmaking, the best extra feature for you would be the "All Access" extra, which is about 10 minutes long. Although there is no narration to explain what is going on, you see video footage of the director, cast and crew at work doing multiple takes of one particular scene. This will help you understand the idea of shooting "coverage", and implicitly demonstrate the importance of post-production sound processing, editing, and the strong effect that the addition of a score has on a film. On a positive/negative note again, much of the material that was cut out of this scene in the final version of the film was funnier to me.
Unfortunately, there is no commentary track provided, and this is one of the many discs where the box art lists items such as "Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound", "Widescreen (1.85:1)", and "Spanish and French Subtitles" as "Special Features", in order to make the disc look more substantial. Also, when navigating the menus, one of which is amusingly animated (and again this has the unintended negative effect of making you notice that the other menus aren't animated), they included a special section for a sole trailer for another film, Bubble Boy, as if that were some outstanding special feature.
Corky Romano is like rewinding your dvd's. It serves no purpose, and its embarassing. Jerry Lewis covered everything in this movie, with more talent, and skill, decades ago.
The Plot, if I dare mention the word: a single bafoon, with a counterfiet piece of paper and a suit, announcing that he is tapped (and high, and along the way teaches a kiddie class...also high) infiltrates the F.B.I. in a matter of minutes - Its amazing what your cliche' hacker can get you from his basement when you give him a good threat and a slap in the head. Im guilty of liking goofy movies... the "Bill and Teds" are among them, but as a friend, which I hope you consider me to be...don't see this junk. It's a mistake, it stinks. I hate, hate, hated, it. Best of luck to Kattan.
If you liked it, that's great. Terrific for lovers of stupid humor.
The fact is "Corky Romano" is so awful that it is a kind of perverse fun for non-Kattan devotees. It is about a guy "Corky" Romano, a vet, who happens to have once been a member in a mob family, but now is kicked out of the circle because he is too unsuitable for the family business. But as now they need a guy who has to be an undercover FBI agent (!) for some reason I forgot, they recruit him again and dress him up with FBI uniform. But he is so terribly inept that nobody realizes his true identity; instead, they think he is a first-rate investigator who has his own method of cracking a case.
The premise is funny, and it kind of worked in such films like "Blue Streak," but in "Romano" Chris Kattan is reduced to very limited capacity of making laughs: worst kind of slapsticks -- he is always wiggling his arms, screaming and sniveling, for more than 1 hour. If this is not a film about Shakespeare, it doesn't mean that the film needs no character or reasonable situations because the movie is, unlike sketches of TV program, a piece of work through which audience must sit in the dark. But if you get a DVD, then it's alright. Just stop whereever you want. Even though the gags are all unimaginative and too predictable.
If this film stopped there ... but the film commits a great crime in casting veterans like Peter Falk and Richard Roundtree, whose names should be much more respected here. Falk, fondly remembered as Columbo, plays the boss of the mob, but isn't allowed to do nothing; and the hero of 70s blaxploitation films Roundtree is made to praise Romano character every time he commits stupidity (like his brandishing a firing machine-gun in a crime scene) so that great Shaft looks like a real fool. This is atrocious.
Again I say, "Corky Romano" is, like "A Night at the Roxbury," for those who love Chris Kattan. If you're not one of them, stay away.
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