Film / Corky Romano

Corky Romano is 2001 comedy starring Chris Kattan as Corky a veterinary assistant who finds out that his father who cast him out after his mother died is a mob boss. Since his connections to the family are severed Pops Romano has Corky infiltrate the FBI to find out what they have on him.

This film contains the following tropes:

  • Butt Monkey: Corky is bumbling, socially inept and ends up in many unfortunate situations over the course of the film.
  • The Family for the Whole Family: While the underlings certainly act tough (they're not), the Don swears to his son that he's never done anything serious like kidnapping or murder. Then why is the FBI so desperate to get him?
  • Gayngster: Chris Penn's character, though he denies it for most of the film.
  • Grumpy Bear: Agent Brick Davis spends much of the movie in a perpetually glum mood as he grows increasingly resentful and suspicious of Corky.
  • Jerk Ass: Agent Davis, Petey and to a lesser extent Paulie
  • It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: The title character's FBI alias changes his surname to "Pissant" after a bumbling hacker misinterprets an insult as the answer to his question of what the name should be. It then becomes a running gag as Corky tries to convince people that it's pronounced "Pis-AHNT... it's y'know... French."
  • Kindly Vet: The eponymous hero probably qualifies in personality, although in some cases the pets might have been less fortunate in regard to practice.
  • Nice Guy: Agents Cox and Darnell. Lampshaded by Corky at one point who even refers to them as "sweet guys" when suggesting that they take one of the assignments FBI assistant director Schuester hands him.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: The work gives us this wonderful gem from the title character attempting to infiltrate a gang of skinheads: "I was wondering if I could purchase some heroin and then we could go out and commit some hate crimes and stuff." Well, the guy is an assistant vet, whom his The Mafia brothers force to infiltrate the FBI as a top agent. Naturally, Da Chief sends him on the most perious assignments, figuring it'll be a cakewalk for an agent like that.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Corky is brought in to act as a translator between a Vietnamese and a Thai gangster, since those languages are listed in his profile. He ends up saying things like "hairy pencil".
  • Never Learned to Read: Peter Berg's character. This can be picked up when he tries to order ice cream and keeps asking for flavors that aren't available despite looking right at the list. When Corky finally tells this to their father, his father doesn't believe it, claiming he sees the guy reading magazines all the time, the ones with naked women... oh.
  • Released to Elsewhere: While Corky, a veterinary assistant, is on leave posing as an FBI agent to help his Family, a wiseguy fills in for him at the vet clinic. A boy comes in with a stone-dead white mouse and says, "Mister, something's wrong with Sniffles!" The wiseguy takes the dead mouse into the back, throws it in a wastebasket, picks a live white mouse out of a cage full of them, goes back to the waiting room and says, "Here you are, kid, he's fine, he just needed a new liver."
  • Transparent Closet: "Gay-in-denial Mob tough guy" is pretty much the whole character of Corky's brother Peter. Even the FBI knows — "latent homosexual" is the core of their profile on him.
  • White Sheep: One of the reasons Pops cast Corky out was he loved him and thought he was better than the family business.