Married to the Mob (1988)


Another 80s Demme banger that welcomes you with open arms upon every revisit. So full of screwball wit and genre-bending charm. I especially enjoy Demme and Fujimoto’s growing confidence with the subjective camera and the foregrounding of colourful oddballs. It certainly feels like Demme let Modine go wild with his character in particular and his FBI agent Mike Downey truly is one of the oddest inventions – pleasurably so – in Demme’s entire back catalogue. Michelle Pfeiffer too, my god! That’s a movie star for you. It’s obvious why Demme would be so enamoured with her and seemingly committed to casting her as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs until history would intervene. Married to the Mob hasn’t been as widely reappraised as Demme’s Something Wild – and admittedly it’s not that good – but I do wish it got more¬†appreciation.

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