Married to the Mob

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Dated '80s mob comedy is so-so; some cursing, nudity.
  • R
  • 1988
  • 104 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Everyone deserves a second chance. Mob lifestyle (wealth, travel) is partly glamorized or played for humor, although main character doesn't like it and tries to abandon it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Angela feels guilty that all the trappings of wealth she enjoys come from criminal activity and tries to remove herself from ties to the mob by giving away all her possessions and living within her means. Agent Downey feels bad when he has to use Angela to nab mob boss Tony Russo and tries to set things right. Most other characters are caricatures of mob life.


Lots of guns brandished and used. Several gunfights that show bullets hitting but no blood. A couple sequences are extended and played for laughs. A mob hit has the sound of a silenced gunshot and the victim's face with a small trickle of blood from an eye. A gunshot wound on the head is shown but isn't gory. A few fights with one or two punches played for laughs. A fantasy sequence shows a gun aimed at a man's genitals and the sound of a gunshot. One forced kiss.


A woman's breast is shown briefly from the side and in low light. Both breasts later seen in an extended shot in a bathtub. A few deep, passionate kisses. Extramarital affairs are a minor plot point. A man and woman lie clothed on top of a bed and cuddle.


Repeated use of "f--k," "s--t," and variations. "Bitch," "ass," "hell," "ball buster," "d--k," "bastard," "slut," and "banging."


Some glorification of the wealthy lifestyle of organized criminals, although the main character points out it's wrong. Some luxury household products feature mostly antiquated brands like Aiwa and Quasar. Household and food products in a grocery store with mention of Weight Watchers for those worried about their figure. Schweppe's club soda clearly visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Background and minor characters smoke cigarettes and cigars. Adults have tropical cocktails and dance wildly on a date. An adult offers tequila or creme de menthe to company but they have club soda.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Married to the Mob is an '80s comedy about a woman trying to escape her ties to the mafia. Mob lifestyle is somewhat glorified, but the main character wants to get out of it because it's wrong, and the bad guy gets his comeuppance. There are a lot of guns used to threaten and a couple of gunfights that show bullets hitting victims but no blood or gore. One assassination does show the victim with a trickle of blood coming from one eye. Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," and variations as well as "d--k," "ass," and "slut." Sex includes a few passionate kisses and a breast visible from the side and a more extended shot of a woman in a bathtub with both breasts clearly visible. Positive messages and role models about the life of crime being wrong are weakened by charismatic or funny villains.

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What's the story?

Even after her Mafioso husband dies, she's still MARRIED TO THE MOB. Angela (Michelle Pfeiffer) wants nothing more to do with the ruthless Russo crime family, so she gives away everything she has and goes into hiding in a tiny, run-down New York City apartment. But boss Tony Russo (Dean Stockwell) won't let her go that easily. The FBI then coerces Angela into spying on Tony, putting her right back into the hornets' nest just as she and Agent Mike Downey (Matthew Modine) start falling for each other. Will Angela ever be free, and can she forgive Mike's betrayal?

Is it any good?

The strong cast is the main attraction in Jonathan Demme's otherwise so-so '80s mob comedy. Unfortunately, the actors in Married to the Mob aren't enough to overcome a script that can't seem to decide how funny it wants to be, unless you count the dated '80s fashions as a character, too. Michelle Pfeiffer is charmingly strong and vulnerable at the same time, but watch out for the scene-stealing Dean Stockwell and Mercedes Ruehl.

It's good for a few chuckles, but no real laughs, and the predictable plot is not very compelling. There's not much for teens to relate to, but Pfeiffer's performance make Angela easy to root for. There are worse choices for a popcorn movie parents can watch with their teens who are old enough for the mature content, but there are a lot of better ones, too.

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  • The scene with nudity is pretty brief. Does that make it OK for kids to see? What does it add, or take away from, the movie overall?

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