The Last Godfather

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2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

Released completely under-the-radar, this parody of mobster flicks is not so much dire as miscalculated---a dated, almost endearingly clunky attempt to fuse silent comedy with a gangster-movie spoof. Korean slapstick comic turned filmmaker Shim Hyung-rae stars as the wartime love child of a retiring American don (Keitel). Summoned to a backlot New York to take over the family business, the good-hearted shlemiel proves an unconventional study at the art of the shakedown. Allusions to Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy abound, but Shim doesn't have the timing or cinematic grace to make this funny, no matter how many times he's whacked in the head with a baseball bat.

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