Cinema: Came The Don

COOKIE Directed by Susan Seidelman; Screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen

We gather to praise the forgettable comedy. Some movies can be faulted for nothing but low ambition. They aim not for the Academy Award. They disdain the zillion-dollar gross. Not for them a double-domed debate on the op-ed page. But some sweltering August evening, they afford easy wit, engaging performances and, for moviegoers, the satisfaction of 90 minutes well wasted.

Such a one is the film under consideration -- a Mafia comedy. Already the mind contracts with diminished expectations! Non-Italian actors gesturing rambunctiously, speaking with cotton candy in their...

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