The deck is stacked with some impressive hands, including Tucci regulars Campbell Scott and Tony Shalhoub, the charming Lili Taylor and such recognizable actors as Alfred Molina and Billy Connolly. There's even appearances by Isabella Rosellini and an uncredited Woody Allen. With such a seasoned cast, it's ever the more disappointing that screenwriter Tucci couldn't coax fresher laughs out of the staid storyline. The situational comedy seems both overbroad and overboard; the physical comedy relies too heavily on pratfalls alone. Moreover, predictable set-ups plod along until they reach their predictable climaxes rather than welcome twists. The true homage pays tribute not merely by emulating, but also by cleverly executing, the conventions of the original. Unfortunately, this imposter is a false one.
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