1998; Rated PG-13; 86 Minutes
Seth Adkins: Tiny Anthony
Christina Applegate: Diane
Lloyd Bridges: Don Vincenzo Cortino
Billy Burke: Joey Cortino
Olympia Dukakis: Sophia Cortino
Produced by Peter
Abrams, Bill Badalato, Robert L. Levy, Michael McManus and
Greg Norberg; Directed by Jim Abrahams; Screenwritten
by Jim Abrahams, Greg Norberg and Michael McManus
by DAVID KEYES
really sickens me when a movie like "MAFIA!" comes along
and I stumble in on it, hoping that, for once, the spoof
comedy genre might have something funny up its sleeve. But
it has never happened, and it did not happen here. "MAFIA!,"
like every other similar spoof, is unfunny, crummy, and
made in poor taste. A suggestion to Hollywood: why even
story is simple: Don Vincenzo Cortino has grown into a godfather
of a moronic, badly-formed Mafia, which was created when
he overthrew the original Italian Mafia that we all know
of in film's like "The Godfather." But Cortino is getting
old, and he wants his son, Joey Cortino, to take over after
he's gone. The only problem is that the Mafia Vincenzo overthrew
has never actually been destroyed, and it's descendants
are out to kill the dimwitted godfather.
is the type of movie where you are so bored with the jokes
that you can't completely pick up the whole story. Most
of the story is comedy-based context, with farce so pathetically
scripted and acted that it (once again) proves that this
genre cannot exist in cinema anymore with actual decency.
It reverts to humor where jokes are modified and taken from
other films, as well as the humor where people get injured
in some sort of corny, unlaughable way.
instance, there is one scene (which you may see in trailers)
where a woman dives off of a diving board and into a swimming
pool, only to realize that afterwards, the swimming pool
has no water in it.
isn't funny. This has never been funny, and I doubt that
anyone will make a movie where it will be funny.
an example of modified film jokes. When Cortino is young,
he is a flourist. After giving one of his girl friends a
flower, Mafia members chase him down the street, and the
little girl screams "Run, Florist, run!" Think about that
the next time you see "Forrest Gump."
but those are only the minor tidbit problems with "MAFIA!."
The real problem lies within one of the film's main characters,
who seems to be attracted to women who constantly get caught
up in accidents that would often break a normal human's
bones. In one such scene, he has his eyes fixated upon an
attractive blond who seems to be swinging on poles atop
a stage with minimal use of gravity. The woman then swings
too fast, lets go, and impacts with the drinking case right
behind the bar. Words fail me as I sit there and watch him
applaud her disastrous performance.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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