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Michelle Pfeiffer
Matthew Modine
Dean Stockwell
Mercedes Ruehl
Oliver Platt
Alec Baldwin
Paul Lazar
Trey Wilson
Joan Cusack

Jonathan Demme



Time: 103 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy/Romance

Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Stockwell).

SYNOPSIS: An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife seeking to start her life over after her husband's murder and who is also pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.

BOTTOM LINE: 1988 was a great year for Pfeiffer, allowing her to really strut her stuff in vastly different genres. Here she proves her comedy chops as a mafia wife who's had enough of the "good" life and wants nothing more than to carve out a normal existence. The sudden death of her philandering hitman husband (Baldwin) seems to give her the chance to start over in the real world, but that proves harder to do than she thought.

The head of the family, Tony "The Tiger" Russo (Stockwell) is desperate to get in her pants, while the FBI, led by Agent Mike Downey (Modine), attempts to use her to try to catch Tony. Angela is naively caught in the middle and finds herself quickly falling for Mike, a seemingly upstanding and normal guy. After spending time with her, he realizes she knows nothing about Tony's business and that he's in love with her as well. Go figure. All hell breaks loose when Angela discovers who Mike really is and Connie (Ruehl), Tony's insanely jealous wife, seeks revenge for Tony's flirtation with Angela.

The plot moves from quirky and clever to completely outrageous by the end, but the ride to get there is amusing and romantic enough. Pfeiffer is not exactly believable as a New Jersey mafia princess, however, she's sweet, honest and quite funny, which makes up for it. Angela's a great character and she gives her all to the part, showing she can handle comedy quite well. She a lot of onscreen competition from Stockwell and Ruehl whose outrageous antics practically steal the show. Without them, this would be a real dud. Probably one of the better comedies about the mafia underworld, but that's not really saying much. The cast makes this an entertaining enough way to pass the time, but it's not one any of them will be remembered for.

"Oh, there's a big difference, Mrs. de Marco. The mob is run by murdering, thieving, lying, cheating psychopaths. We work for the President of the United States of America."

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