Quirky, Corny, Comical
Release Date: October 12, 2001
Starring: Chris Kattan, Vinessa Shaw,
Peter Falk, Peter Berg,
Richard Roundtree, Fred Ward,
& Chris Penn
Audience: Older teenagers & adults
Rating: PG-13 (for drug & sex-related
humor & language)
Runtime: 86 minutes
Director: Rob Pritts
Executive Producer: Tracey Trench
Producer: Robert Simonds
Writer: David Garrett & Jason Ward
Address Comments To:Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO
The Walt Disney Company
(Buena Vista, Caravan, Hollywood, Miramax, & Touchstone Pictures)
Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Though banished from the family at a young age, Corky is thrilled to help out and get back in the family’s good graces. He and his brothers intimidate a computer hacker into falsifying a resume to get Corky into the FBI. Out of spite, perhaps, the hacker goes overboard and makes Corky appear to be a super agent, a reputation to which the untrained, clown-like Corky must now live up.
Now named Agent Pissant (pronounced pee-SONT; “It’s French!”), he inserts himself into the inner core of the top FBI ranks and tries to fake his way through a series of tough assignments while hunting for the incriminating Romano file. As investigators close in on the Romano family, the disguised Corky gets caught in their drag net. Corky, however, has set up a sting of his own and, in the process, gains the knowledge of who he really is and the confidence to assert himself into his true place in the family.
This movie is very funny and has a hilarious opening scene at Corky’s veterinarian hospital. A giant, fat cat named “Baby Jesus” must be “put down,” but Corky’s tender heart will not allow it, and, in his nervousness, he makes a royal mess of the place. Animals and instruments fly everywhere! Corky also wears a microphone in his pants, so throughout the film, he is always leaning over and whispering into his crotch. He looks extremely out of place as he pretends to be a skinhead and make a drug deal with the “real deal,” and the physical humor Kattan displays is on par with Steve Martin and Rowan Atkinson, “Mr. Bean.” Another hilarious scene is where Corky’s Mafia brother is substituting for Corky at the vet hospital.
Regrettably, there are a number of offensive references to bodily functions, and the language is excessive for this kind of light comedy. There are also many references to (and nods to) homosexual behavior, though nothing is overtly depicted.
As with many other films out right now, like HEARTS IN ATLANTIS and LIFE AS A HOUSE, this movie demonstrates the principle that children need affirmation from their fathers. Though Corky thought he had been banished from his family for not fitting, his father finally tells him that he had sent him away because he loved him and knew his son was cut out for something better. Near the end, he says, “You are part of the family. You’re my son!”
Moviegoers should exercise extreme caution, however, mostly because of the movie’s foul language, body humor and some politically correct homosexual humor.
Though CORKY ROMANO is funny, and Kattan’s physical humor is outstanding, moviegoers should exercise extreme caution, mostly because of the movie’s foul language, body humor and some homosexual humor.