Married to the Mob

Director: Jonathan Demme
Year Released: 1988
Rating: 1.5

Angela (Michelle Pfeiffer), sick of living as a mob housewife, has her adulterous husband Frank (Alec Baldwin) killed by his Boss Tony "The Tiger" Russo, who then takes an extreme liking to her (forcing her to run away), much to the chagrin of his deranged wife Connie (Mercedes Ruehl).  I respect how Demme, working off a script by Mark R. Burns and Barry Strugatz, is trying to make the whole "Mafia movie" more quirky and approachable, but the humor here is really desperate: Ruehl's jilted spouse is a teensy bit hysterical, and no one should ever equate Modine with being a comedian (Oliver Platt, on the other hand, is just right for his role).  It's a failure, but at least it tries ... and Stockwell (who allegedly stayed in character the entire time they were filming) and Pfeiffer are both superb.