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Corky Romano (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 12 October 2001 (USA)
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The loser son of a Mafia honcho must go undercover for the FBI.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francis A. Romano
Agent Bob Cox
Fiona Hale ...
Kip King ...
Dr. Kipper
Al Eben ...


A naive, bumbling veterinarian named Corky Romano the outcast son if a Mafia boss, is recruited by his family to infiltrate the FBI and steal any and all evidence that will put his cranky father named Francis A. "Pops" Romano in jail! But he's in way over his head when he's made out to be a super agent. It's a reputation must live up to as he tries to fake his way through one tough assignment after another while hunting for the elusive incriminating proof of his father's illegal activities. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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The worlds most dysfunctional mafia family has a new weapon against the FBI. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug and sex-related humor, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corky Romano: Special Agent  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,023,173 (USA) (12 October 2001)


$23,978,402 (USA) (8 February 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the screenwriters on Selling Your Screenplay podcast #81, the only reason the film was greenlit was due to a pending Actor strike in Sept 2000, so it was written in 10 days in May, filmed in June and wrapped in August- unheard of for a major studio film. See more »


When Mrs. Hernandez is trying to take her cat out of the kennel, a close-up shows an obvious fat suit on the cat. See more »


[after setting off an airport metal detector]
Corky: I'm just a little wired.
[Nervous chuckle]
Corky: Ahh, I'm mean wired as in jumpy, not as in there's a concealed wire in my crotch.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Cannibal Holocaust (2011) See more »


Written by Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport), Eddie Cooley (as Eddie J. Cooley)
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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A good How-to video: How NOT to make a comedy
27 May 2002 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

Admittedly, I didn't have high expectations of "Corky Romano." But then again, who did? However, I felt it deserved the benefit of the doubt. I had no high hopes of "Joe Dirt" either--another recent comedy starring an SNL cast member--and I ended up being pleasantly surprised. But this film is just as bad as it looks in the previews. Chris Kattan is actually a talented comic actor--contrary to what you might think after watching this movie--with great energy. He's been in many hilarious SNL skits, and I think he's one of the most talented cast members on SNL as of now. In this case, he's given a lame, pointless script and he tries to remedy each scene with his incessant mugging. Throughout each scene, he attempts a lame Jerry Lewis act and fails miserably. Jerry Lewis knew how to pull off this type of physical comedy, not to mention he worked with much better writing. Kattan simply looks like some ignorant fool with ADHD who had one too many Cafe Lattes. He doesn't even wait for the punchline; he assumes we'll all laugh once he starts jumping around like an ape on crack. In one scene, he ends up in a tugging match with a dog who has a package of cocaine in his mouth. The package explodes and the cocaine splashes all over him. He comes back to the job, strung out on coke. Now, how are we supposed to laugh at the fact that he's acting hyper and on-edge, when he's doing the same thing throughout the whole film?

As for the rest of the cast members...Vanessa Shaw is really hot, Peter Berg is wasted in a thankless role and so is Chris Penn. Peter Falk is also wasted, though he has a few funny lines that I'm pretty sure he improvised. I hope Falk gets a decent movie someday soon. That's too much talent too waste on a clunker like "Corky Romano." I didn't like Falk's last movie "Made" all that much either, but at least he had a decent role.

I chuckled a few times, but I could not get a single laugh. Each gag is performed with no sense of timing or delivery. And it's made worse by Kattan's hammy acting. And there are certain gags that are streneously dragged out. For example, when Kattan is about to fart in his two brothers' faces. He stands there for 2 or 3 minutes, trying to get out a fart and when he finally he does it's a little tiny one. It's bad enough when you have a gag that's funny and drag it out, but when you have a lame gag and you drag it out it's a hell of a lot worse. And another example of this is when he tries to translate what those two Asian men are saying during a drug bust. I can go on and on about what's wrong with this so-called comedy, but I'm not gonna waste my time. Like I said earlier, if you predicted bad things from the trailers--you predicted right.

My score: 3 (out of 10)

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