Live may be
responsible for a revolution in television comedy, but the show and its
actors are also responsible for some of the worst films ever made. In a body
of work that includes the undistinguished likes of Its Pat, Tommy Boy, A
Night at the Roxbury, Little Nicky, Superstar, Ladies Man, Cops & Robbersons,
Stuart Saves His Family, Dr. Detroit (and believe me, thats just
scratching the surface) you would think it would be nearly impossible to
lower the bar. That is, until you see Corky Romano.
The story (such
as it is) is about a weird veterinarian who comes
from a mob family and has to join the FBI.
This so-called plot is really just
window-dressing for this wannabe star vehicle.
Chris Kattan is an amazingly
bland leading man (even on SNL, its almost impossible to distinguish
between him and Jimmy Fallon.) He knows this, so he tries to be constantly
moving and grimacing like a sugared-up kid with
ADD. It makes you notice him, but it sure doesnt make you like him.
thing is he has dragged some truly talented actors including Peter Falk,
Christopher Penn and Peter Berg into this morass. The film just ends up
being a long series of Kattan tripping over stuff or mistakenly shooting
guns, periodically broken up by kitschy songs from the eighties. (10/01)