WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Peter Falk plays "Pops" Romano, an ailing mafia lord who asks his idiot son Corky (Kattan) to infiltrate the FBI and to destroy the evidence that could put him away for good. To his great misery, imbecilic Corky gets mistaken for a brilliant agent and takes charge of an investigation on a savage killer.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Although definitely nothing from Shakespeare's portfolio, this little number is funny enough in it's own way. As with most films starring Saturday Night Live cast members, your liking of the film depends heavily on whether or not you like that particular person. What I'm trying to say is that if you don't like Kattan's loserish, gayish, excited TV style, you'll wish the plague on this film but if you can put up with the guy, the you might get a few laughs out of it. Personally, I think he's funny if seen for about five minutes but an hour and a half of the guy can sometimes seems a bit worrisome. Fortunately, he manages to keep control of himself and the short running time (86 minute) makes it a survivable experience. Kattan actually manage to even be a bit lovable as the biggest doofus on earth, forced to infiltrate the Bureau.
Once inside the bureau, Kattan, armed with his new identity (Agent Corky Pissant) encounters all the standard characters. The strict but ignorant boss (Shaft's Richard Roundtree), the straight-laces agent, the agent who knows what he's up to and the hottie. In this case the hottie is played by the very luscious Vinessa Shaw, whom you'll be able to admire in a power suit, a leotard and last but most definitely not least, a very, very skimpy nurses outfit. Yummy. All these characters play their part pretty well and some of the scenes, such as the one where Pissant and a police dog battle over a bag of cocaine are pretty funny but much time is wasted on traditional slapstick comedy bits, which obviously is not a forte of Kattan's (at least I hope not because they were flat out not funny). That time would have been better spent giving Kattan's fans some more of what they like, which is basically him stuttering stupidities while making strange faces (to each their own I say...). Supporting roles are also pretty well filled by Falk as Corky's dad and by Peter Berg and Chris Penn, who play Corky's brothers. Penn is Pete, the latent homosexual mobster and Berg is Paulie, the illiterate mobster. Basically, nothing new in terms of characters but they all earn their paycheck and make for an hour and a half of decent snickering.
There's really nothing of great excitement offered up as bonus material on this DVD. The first feature is a 12-minute bit called "All Access Corky Romano". Basically, you sit though one scene three times. Once as on-set footage, a second time as raw dailies and the third time as a completed scenes. There's no narrative or anything and no real interested generated by what turn out to be a waste of 12 minutes.
Other than that, you're treated to two extended scenes with no interesting additions at all except that one of them is the gym training sequence that features hottie Shaw in the leotard I discussed above.
It's very simple to come up with a recommendation for this kind of film. The equation is as follows: You like Chris Kattan, you rent. You don't like Chris Kattan, you don't rent. This film won't break any new ground, nor does it pretend to and it won't be something you'll regret watching for days after you do (i.e. Saving Silverman). So go ahead and give it a shot if you like the dude, but a rental is about as much as it's worth.