| A rather
embarrassing pastiche of Mafia silliness, The Godson spoofs every mob movie
conceivable in simpleton terms. With this many skits strung end to end in one movie, there
are bound to be some laughs, so if youre willing to sift through a lot of low level
humor for moments of inspiration, The Godson may not be a killer. Lovers of every
level of The Naked Gun and films of that ilk may enjoy The Godson more
than the average moviegoer.
The central joke of The Godson is misfit son Guiseppe "Guppy" Calzones rise to power in his Mafia family. Kevin Hamilton McDonald is a good physical choice for Guppy and delivers his lines with wide-eyed enthusiasm. Dom Deluise plays The Oddfather, Guppys papa, as an extended impersonation of Marlon Brando in The Godfather, but it grows tiring and the comic material he must assay is tough going. Sitting with a goose on his lap instead of the cat Brando stroked as Don Corleone is The Godsons idea of inspiration. Rodney Dangerfield plays the enchanting Rodfather, looking to take over the Calzone family, and Lou Ferrigno mumbles his way through bodyguard Bugsy. Ferrigno had better lines as The Incredible Hulk.
The jejune script is aided and abetted by the
usual suspects. Garish costumes and sets milk the most out of this ridiculous cow and even
the music is totally derivative. Ironically, the production looks good, with bright,
upbeat photography leading the way.