Jane Austen's Mafia! (1998)

JANE AUSTEN'S MAFIA!, as it's called in the film but not in the 
dumbed-down ads, is a slight delight.  Tons of ticklers a la AIR-
PLANE!, HOT SHOTS!, et al, about half of which hit their targets.  
(CASINO and THE GODFATHER get roughed-up the worst, but swings are 
taken at everything from CHILD'S PLAY to COCKTAIL.)  There's pre-
cious little momentum to the whole thing, a problem compounded by 
(a.) repeating gags and (b.) characters who react to said gags. 
(Memo to the filmmakers:  if nothing else, cut away quicker.)  At 
least the belly laughs are there, on occasion.  My fave:  a treat-
ment of THE ENGLISH PATIENT crossed with a particularly pukey poke 
at STAND BY ME.  And at a funeral, no less!  Heave ho...  With Jay 
Mohr, Christina Applegate, Billy Burke, Olympia Dukakis, Pamela 
Gidley, and the late Lloyd Bridges, to whom the film is dedicated.  
Directed and co-written by former Zucker Brothers collaborator Jim 
Abrahams.  Mixed Baby Greens Foreman:  Wolfgang Puck.  (Rated "PG-
13"/89 min.)

Grade: C+

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Originally posted to triangle.movies as MOVIE HELL: Elastic Waistband

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