Corky Romano

on October 12, 2001 by Dwayne E. Leslie
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   Corky ("Saturday Night Live's" hyperkinetic standout Chris Kattan) is a gentle, naïve veterinary assistant whose daily routine is interrupted when he gets a call from his estranged family. It seems Corky's crime lord father (Peter Falk) is in a bit of a jam with the FBI and needs his help. Corky's brothers (Chris Penn and Peter Berg) see their sibling as an embarrassment and are reluctant to transform him into an FBI agent so that he can destroy evidence against his father. Taking this as an opportunity to make amends, Corky accepts the task of infiltrating the bureau. But the simple get-in-and-get-out plan is sidetracked when, because of his overly exaggerated resume, he is deemed a super-agent, and is sent out to solve some cases.

   For once, the heavily-played trailer didn't give away the best scenes, and it turns out this broad comedy is laugh-packed from start to finish. Kattan is sure to generate hordes of new fans with his Jerry Lewis brand of spastic physical comedy. And, of course, the klutz winningly matures and gains confidence from each situation he is thrust into, thus earning esteem from his family, the bureau and the audience. Starring Chris Kattan, Peter Falk, Richard Roundtree, Vinessa Shaw and Matthew Glave. Directed by Rob Pritts. Produced by Robert Simonds. Written by David Garrett & Jason Ward. A Buena Vista release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for drug- and sex-related humor, and for language. Running time: 86 min

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