Tuesday, June 4, 2013

1984 - JANE AUSTIN'S MAFIA - not funny

Jane Austin's Mafia is a comedy which spoofs gangster movies. Among the films being sent up are, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Casino, Jurassic Park and Forrest Gump for some reason.  This movie is not very funny.

The director Jim Abrahams was part of the Zuker Abrahams Zuker team (ZAZ) that stopped being funny almost immediately after Airplane.

The formula for ZAZ films was the same as the Mel Brooks films, the movie parody.  ZAZ just took Brook's shtick and ramped it up by increasing the number of jokes in their films.  The theory being if you get a few bad ones,  you will get a lot of good ones and the audience won't really care about the bad ones.

In Jane Austin's Mafia it looks like Abrahams got the formula backwards.

84 minutes.

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