British seductress Patsy Kensit also shows up, portraying a nanny to Cross’ autistic little girl. She also appears to be working for the feds, which complicates things when she falls heavily for widower Cross. This is not the most effective way to foster family loyalty. Robert Wuhl is a scream as a loudmouth studio boss named Bobby Bantz. And Joe Mantegna’s character Pippi gets briefly resurrected from the dead in a few dream sequences that he plays with mirthful bluster.
But most of the humor in “Last Don II” sprouts from its drama. For instance, it doesn’t seem to dawn on anyone that the autistic daughter might have some natural bonding problems after seeing her mother blown to bits. Or that after the love of his life is vaporized, Cross is flirting with the nanny within days. Denial has never been presented with such daunting banality.