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