Jane Austen's Mafia!

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Comedy, Crime

Wiseacre parodist Jim Abrahams and his cohorts draw a bead on THE GODFATHER trilogy and CASINO and the scattershot gags fly thick and fast. College-educated, Korean War veteran Anthony Cortino (Jay Mohr), son of respected but very clumsy Don Cortino (Lloyd Bridges), must accept his place in the Family; deal with his psycho, coke-addict brother (Billy Burke),...read more

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Wiseacre parodist Jim Abrahams and his cohorts draw a bead on THE GODFATHER trilogy and CASINO and the scattershot gags fly thick and fast. College-educated, Korean War veteran Anthony Cortino (Jay Mohr), son of respected but very clumsy Don Cortino (Lloyd

Bridges), must accept his place in the Family; deal with his psycho, coke-addict brother (Billy Burke), Goody Two-shoes sweetheart Diane (Christina Applegate) and sexadelic gold digger Pepper Gianini (Pamela Gidley); and run the prosperous Peppermill Casino, where the money flows thanks to

cutthroat games of "Snakes and Ladders" and "Guess the Number." There are a couple of very funny sight gags -- the snarling attack sheep are worthy of Monty Python -- lots of fart jokes (one of which pays off pretty spectacularly), and several very witty lampoons of Mafia movie stereotypes

and a lot of obvious ones. In short, it's the usual mixed bag and the jokes miss as often as they hit. But they keep on coming, detouring occasionally from Cosa Nostra japes to lob a few at The English Patient, A Christmas Carol, Showgirls, Forrest Gump and the

insufferable Lord of the Dance, just for variety. Yes, it's dumb. Yes, Mafia movies are old hat. But as Abrahams himself points out, if there's room on TV for the deadly serious Last Don, then there's room for some smarty-pants to take some potshots. And come on: Can you really sit

straight-faced through a recitation of goodfella nicknames that include Willy "Big Red-Ass Baboon on His Head" Denunzio when Willy has a big red-ass baboon on his head?

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Wiseacre parodist Jim Abrahams and his cohorts draw a bead on THE GODFATHER trilogy and CASINO and the scattershot gags fly thick and fast. College-educated, Korean War veteran Anthony Cortino (Jay Mohr), son of respected but very clumsy Don Cortino (Lloy… (more)

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