Married to the Mob
from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
this is not a very funny comedy, it is kinda high-style and charming.
It has top-notch production values, big names in the cast, and another
big name behind the camera.
material isn't very fresh, and a lot of the characterizations came
from the Larry Storch school of comedy, which teaches its pupils how
to make very silly faces and hit people over the head with their hats.
Both Skipper and Gilligan studied there. Matthew Modine and Mercedes
Ruehl turned in especially unsubtle slapstick performances, and
Jonathan Demme ...
Well, Demme is a good director,
but there wasn't that much to work with.
In fact, Demme used to do
screwball comedies, but has obviously turned in another direction in
the intervening decade since this film. Did you get a lot of good
chuckles out of Demme's other recent films - Philadelphia, Beloved,
and Silence of the Lambs? If so, I can honestly say that this film is funnier than those three.
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But there are some
- there is a lounge
piano singer who improvises laid-back mob songs when the mob boss
strolls into his favorite restaurant. This was the only time in
the movie that I actually cracked up. "Hey, he's Tony, Tony
the Tiger, he's such a tiger. Thank you, thank you very
- there is a running
gag about the mob guys stopping for fast food instead of eating at
Italian restaurants all the time
- Michelle Pfeiffer,
while cast against type, wasn't bad at all in a role obviously
written with someone like Fran Drescher in mind (big hair,
beautician, Joisey accent). You probably have heard that Demme
originally wanted Pfeiffer for the lead in Silence of the Lambs
because he was impressed with her from the past. This movie was
the past he was impressed with.
- Nancy Travis
looked absolutely great in a nude scene (clear shots of breasts
and buns), and in facial close-ups as well
||Dean Stockwell played
Tony "the Tiger" Russo, head of the Sweetened Breakfast Mob,
and his capos included:
Pops" Pete Petraglia
- Kuku "for
Cocoa Puffs" Cucucchia
- Benny Fruit Loops
- Vito "Captain
- Kid Chirios
Needless to say, they
are all "serial" killers
Oops, I guess I
imagined all that. Well, he was named "Tony the Tiger".
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 6.1, Apollo users 38/100.
- With their
dollars ... it grossed $21 million domestically
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C.
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