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The Kitchen (2019)

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The wives of New York gangsters in Hell's Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands' rackets after they're locked up in prison.

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Andrea Berloff

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Ollie Masters (comic book series), Ming Doyle (comic book series) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa McCarthy ... Kathy Brennan
Tiffany Haddish ... Ruby O'Carroll
Elisabeth Moss ... Claire Walsh
Domhnall Gleeson ... Gabriel O'Malley
James Badge Dale ... Kevin O'Carroll
Brian d'Arcy James ... Jimmy Brennan
Jeremy Bobb ... Rob Walsh
Margo Martindale ... Helen O'Carroll
Bill Camp ... Alfonso Coretti
Common ... Gary Silvers
E.J. Bonilla ... Gonzalo Martinez
Myk Watford ... Little Jackie Quinn
Wayne Duvall ... Larry - Kathy's Father
Pamela Dunlap ... Mary - Kathy's Mother
John Sharian ... Duffy
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The wives of New York gangsters in Hell's Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands' rackets after they're locked up in prison.

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kitchen See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,527,410, 11 August 2019

Gross USA:

$11,302,291

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,702,291
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2.39 : 1
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misfire and misuse
8 August 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. This is not a comedy. Ordinarily a movie review would not begin by telling you what the movie is not, but when the theatre marquee flashes "Starring Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish", most anyone would assume they are in for a 2-hour laugh out loud romp with the promise of some outlandish one-liners to drop at the next party. Instead, the directorial debut from Andrea Berloff is a relatively violent mob movie. Ms. Berloff also adapted the screenplay from the Vertigo comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle.

Kathy (Ms. McCarthy), Ruby (Ms. Haddish), and Claire (Elisabeth Moss) are left isolated when their mob-connected husbands are busted by the FBI, and sent to prison. Survival instincts kick in for the previously uninvolved ladies, and they quickly realize that a bit of strategy would allow them to not only run the business their husbands left behind, but also build it into something better. Of course the mobsters left behind are none-too-pleased with the women outperforming them, and so we get a good old fashioned 'brains vs. brawn' battle.

The setting is the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan. The year is 1978, so the Irish community still has a stronghold on the area. This is basically the same timeframe and the same streets that serve as the setting for the classic TAXI DRIVER (1976). We see what happens when a woman's touch is applied to gangster activities: bonds are built, services are rendered, and payments are made. The illusion of power draws the three women in deeper, and the movie has us believe they are good at it. The issue is, as viewers, we never really buy into these three seizing this power. We are just supposed to sit back and accept that Kathy is an expert community organizer, Ruby gets things done behind the scenes, and timid Claire evolves. Actually, Claire's (Ms. Moss) transformation is the best part of the film. Seeing her discover new talents and her true persona is as exciting for us as it is for her. However, in total, the 3 characters are little more than caricatures.

In addition to the three stars, the cast is deep. The three husbands are played by Brian d'Arcy James, James Badge Dale, and Jeremy Bobb, and all three are criminals and bad husbands. Domhnall Gleeson resumes his chameleon ways in what could have been a more interesting role, Common plays a federal agent, Annabella Sciorra has a nice turn as a mobster's wife, and the great Margo Martindale (with prop cane) and Bill Camp are both standouts (as they usually are) in their respective gangster roles.

The film does a nice job tying in historical elements of the era, including the construction plans for the Javitz Center. There are more than a few moments of violence, but the shots aren't nearly as dramatic as we've come to expect in mob movies. It's simply not as gritty as it pretends to be. There are some similarities to last year's WIDOWS (directed by Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis), but with this cast, Ms. Berloff might have considered approaching the tone of Jonathan Demme's MARRIED TO THE MOB (1988). A raised eyebrow from the ultra-talented Ms. Haddish elicited laughter from the audience, rather than respect for her power. I expect it will be a crowd-pleaser for those along for the ride. Just remember - it's not a comedy.


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