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Mafia! (1998)
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Review Date: May 23, 1999
Director: Jim Abrahams
Writer: Jim Abrahams, Greg Norberg, Michael McManus
Producers: Bill Baladato
Actors:
Jay Mohr as Anthony Cortino
Lloyd Bridges as Vincenzo Cortino
Christina Applegate as Diane Steen
Plot:
Parody film of mob movies, this picture basically laces the GODFATHER storyline with that of Martin Scorsese's CASINO. A son of a big-time mobster must take over his father's "business" after his dad's untimely death. He does the right thing, and then whisks off to Vegas to handle the casino business.
Critique:
Hit-and-miss comedy, scores some chuckles on certain parodies done well, but falls flat on most of its sight gags, lame jokes and uninspired story line. This is one of those "stupid comedies" like AIRPLANE and THE NAKED GUN series, in which everything and everyone is used as a target for a gag or a crack. I generally love those kinds of flicks, but this one just didn't muster enough laughs for it to deserve a solid recommendation. And that's besides the fact that it failed to recognize plenty of other mafia films which could have made this movie all that more enjoyable to a wider audience (Leaving GOODFELLAS out is just a sin). As it stands, this film might prove itself worthy as a weak video night rental for fans of the genre, just to enjoy a few lazy grins alongside a six-pack of beer (Another plus: It's only 83 minutes long). For everyone else, go out and rent either AIRPLANE I or II, and prepare to double-over in idiotic laughter.
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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