Picks and Pans Review: Mafia!

updated 08/03/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/03/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Lloyd Bridges, Jay Mohr

The best joke in this Airplane!-style parody of The Godfather, Casino and other mob epics was cut on the way to the movie house. The original title, for no apparent reason, was the inspiredly idiotic Jane Austen's Mafia.

Mohr plays the Michael Corleone part, a sensitive mafioso rising in the family "business" presided over by a klutzy don (Bridges, relaxed and silly in his final role). Director Jim Abrahams, who had a hand not only in Airplane! but also Hot Shots! and The Naked Gun, slathers on dumb sight gags (special parking spots for assassins, gamblers playing Chutes and Ladders) and crams in film references (Jaws, II Postino, The English Patient). And they said Francis Ford Coppola was self-indulgent. (PG-13)

Bottom Line: Basta!

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