When Oliver Stone announced his latest project, "Corky Romano 3: The Search For Curly's Cock," my first reaction was, "Ugggh." But having seen the film twice, I'm utterly convinced this is not your typical Hollywood schlock.

Chris Kattan soars as Corky Romano, a bumbling veterinarian-turned-FBI-Agent who has been completely re-imagined in this poignant slice of life. Romano is plagued by psychological turmoil throughout a slow-building screenplay clocking in at just under three hours that reaches a crescendo when Romano's estranged son (David Lee Roth) must make an important political decision that could affect U.S. ties with Normandy and parts of Southern England.

Unlike Stone's previous film, "Passion of The Christ 2: The Search For Curly's Cock," Stone avoids hammy sound effects and cheap scares. In that film, the audience found itself divided, half rooting for The Christ, the other half for Sensai McGarnickle. But in this film there is no discernible conflict, and consequently no real winner.

Stone took several years to plan this project and the preliminary work is obvious. The soundscapes are lush with orchestral sweeps, and the cinematography is warm and sympathetic, capturing the subtleties in Kattan's ever-evolving skill set. Several passages in Stone's 2002 autobiography ("Oliver Stone: The Search For Curly's Cock") suggest a fascination with the Corky Romano character, and it is interesting to trace the similarities between Romano's life and the director's own.

Few film makers have plowed such distinctive furrows as Stone, and his reputation as a creative force whose work transcends the medium remains unchallenged. Highly recommended.

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