Angela deMarco is a unhappily married housewife of Mafia hitman Frank deMarco. Angela has grown frustrated with her husbands line of work, but the more she pushes him to the change, the harder he resists even the idea of leaving the Mob. Frank loves the lifestyle, cheating on Angela with Nancy Travis, the mob bosses' girlfriend. Tony 'The Tiger' Russo is not the type of mob boss to mess with, and when he discovers what is going on between Frank and Nancy, he murders both of them in the act. At the funeral, Tony takes a liking to Angela, plying for her affection with expensive gifts and promises of being taken care of. Intent on starting a new life, Angela leaves town but when she gets mixed up with Mike Downey, a seemingly nice guy who also happens to be an FBI agent, Angela is forced to get involved again, setting up a rendezvous with Tony 'The Tiger' in an effort to bring him to justice once and for all. Jonathan Demme's Married to the Mob is an eclectic mix of genres, en-capturing aspects of comedy, romance, and drama into a film that is hard not to enjoy. While not nearly as emotionally poignant as some of Demme's other work, Married to the Mob goes deeper than one would expect, almost being a woman's empowerment film between both Angela's plight and the story revolving around Tony's wife. Make no mistake, Married to the Mob is pretty fluffy, but it features a surprising amount of thematic weight, most notably being a story of self-discovery in which Angela is finally able to feel like an independent woman and live her life on her own terms. At this point in Jonathan Demme's career he was making films reminiscent of Preston Sturges's praised filmography, showing an ability to capture both the whimsical and dramatic qualities of life, while delivering another entertaining experience.
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