Married to the Mob

Married to the Mob ★★★½

To watch it is to witness a long string of Demme’s continually surprising and inventive decisions, e.g., lingering on the Metro North platform with a couple of hoods during a morning commute; holding a mob meeting in a Medieval Times restaurant; casting classic tough guy Charles Napier as a hair dresser; establishing Matthew Modine’s Fed as a spiritual forebear of Doc Brown and Wallace & Gromit; sending Modine and Pfeiffer on a date at a Caribbean dance party; and much more. This stuff adds tremendous sparkle to a script that’s nothing special and a story that seems full of clichés, lifting it well above expectations. Of course, Pfeiffer is terrific too.