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Married to the Mob
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by Rob Gonsalves

"One of Demme's best."
5 stars

One of the saddest injustices of recent cinema is that this gangster comedy yet another happy classic from Jonathan Demme went ignored by the public, probably because its trailer made it look lame.

Everything in it is wonderfully right. Michelle Pfeiffer is Angela, a mob wife whose husband (Alec Baldwin) has just been rubbed out by his boss, Tony "the Tiger" Russo (Dean Stockwell), who wastes no time putting the moves on the new widow. Angela isn't interested, and besides, Tony's insanely jealous wife Connie (Mercedes Ruehl, simultaneously hilarious and frightening) would kill them both.

So Angela takes her young son and dog and moves to a rat-trap apartment, unaware that FBI agents Matthew Modine and Oliver Platt are watching her. In the movie's only real nod to convention, Modine falls for Pfeiffer. It all leads to a climax that gets my vote as the funniest gunfight ever filmed. An inventive and rewarding comedy, with a hip score by David Byrne and wall-to-wall party music, plus the usual eclectic supporting cast (watch for Chris Isaak in the Burger World scene).

If it had been marketed with any competence, it might actually have made some money. Demme's next was 'The Silence of the Lambs,' which made money.

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User Comments

7/08/10 PAUL SHORTT SMART, AMIABLE, ENTERTAINING FARCE WITH SOME GOOD PERFORMANCES 4 stars
7/27/09 Ted Rauhut Very underrated,a comic gem 5 stars
2/21/05 Z wow that was terrible 2 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby "Tony the Tiger" rules! A funny film, this. 4 stars
11/05/02 R.W. Welch Tongue-in-cheek mob flick; sort of amusing with nice work by Pfeiffer. 3 stars
5/30/02 Charles Tatum I hate Modine, but laughed at this film 4 stars
5/30/02 Trevor Spink Watchable only for Nacny Travis's butt, which is less than spectacular. 2 stars
5/30/02 Jenny Tullwartz Michelle P should stik to playing blonds; painful see Mercedes R get best line-"her shit... 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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