When forced by the FBI to rat out mob boss Angelo Marcello, Carmine "The Beans" Pasquale is a wanted man on the lam being hunted by hit man Little Nicky Cappuccio. Taking along wife Gina and son Vincent, Carmine enters the federal witness relocation program and is given a new home and identity. Now known as the Cheeseman family from Omaha, Nebraska, these former East Coast mobsters are relocated into the middle of a quiet, strait-laced Mormon community in Utah where Carmine can't even find a decent cup of coffee, let alone a horse track, and he is not happy. Life in this small town becomes anything but ordinary once the Cheesemans move in. Many locals are wary, if not outright afraid, of these rough-around-the-edges outsiders, while others go annoyingly far out their way to try to embrace them. Despite well-meaning neighbor Michael Jaymes' efforts to welcome Carmine, he wonders if being this much of a fish-out-of-water is truly better than "sleeping with the fishes."Written by
I've seen this movie three times and can't wait for the DVD. I've seen John Moyer do stand up and I'll bet the commentary will be a riot.
I would say this is the best movie he's done. . . yet. I expect they'll only continue to get better. The only problem I can foresee with the DVD would be my kids wearing it out and driving me nuts repeating dialogue. (Of course quoting Mobsters would bet the heck out of them quoting Ed, Edd and Eddy.)
I think the best thing about this movie (other than the comedy) would be that it takes an outsiders view. The main complaint I've heard about Singles Ward and the R.M. is that they have too many inside jokes just for LDS members (or even "Utah Mormons.") Using a displaced mafioso as the main character allowed the movie to explain things to the audience without turning it into a missionary discussion.
I think the other nice thing it did was to point out that we are all human and we all have flaws and thinking you are better than someone else for any reason is one of the biggest flaws we can have.
and it did all this while making us laugh. . . and without any swearing or sex or violence (well, there was a paint-ball killing.)
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