The Kitchen

The Kitchen deviates from a traditional mobster movie (man impresses mobster, mobster shows him the ropes, man supplants mobster) with a rewrite for women characters who would never believably find themselves in mentor/mentee relationships in 1978 Hell’s Kitchen. Instead, your favorite actors of the moment—Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss—are the wives of three small time Irish thugs, and when their husbands get imprisoned, the wives join forces to take over the neighborhood crime syndicate. The story isn’t much—women doing crime isn’t empowering or noble, it’s just, you know, crime—but the performances are A-game , with Haddish unrecognizable as the cold-blooded, calculating Ruby and Moss heartbreaking and hilarious as battered-wife-turned hit-person Claire. Writer/director Andrea Berloff has put together a perfectly serviceable, mobster movie with all the punching, betrayals, and people talking about "family" that you crave.

by Suzette Smith
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Andrea Berloff
Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish