(Andrew Bergman, US 1990, 102 min., 35mm)

Gangsters. Matthew Broderick stars as a college freshman who finds himself swindled out of all his belongings after living in New York City for only twenty minutes. By pure luck, he begins working for a mob boss played by Marlon Brando, in a tongue-in-cheek parody of his iconic role in The Godfather, who employs the lad as an errand boy transporting exotic animals around the city for “legitimate business.” With a script bursting with both physical comedy and snappy wise-guy dialogue, The Freshman simultaneously pays homage to and parodies the great American gangster flick.