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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Mafia Mamma - Where Comedy Meets Cliché

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

Rating: ★★1/2☆☆ (2.5/5)

Released 04-13-2023

Watched 08-09-2023

Reviewed 08-18-2023

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"You've been stress-grape gathering all night!"

"Mafia Mamma" plays with an intriguing concept: a suburban mom tossed into the tumultuous tides of the Italian mafia. With a talented lead in Toni Collette and a seasoned actress like Monica Bellucci at her side, the film had all the makings of a runaway success. Unfortunately, the execution left much to be desired.

The film’s comedy relies heavily on slapstick, often feeling out of place and overdone. Instead of crafting unique, situational humor from the premise, the film opts for low-hanging fruit, making it feel like any other generic comedy. The premise of the film deserved more finesse than it was given, leading to numerous missed opportunities for genuinely clever humor.

Additionally, the portrayal of the Italian mafia is done with broad strokes, bordering on caricature at times. Rather than using the well-worn stereotypes as a springboard to subvert expectations, "Mafia Mamma" often leans into them, perpetuating clichés and neglecting a deeper exploration of its characters and their culture.

Sophia Nomvete delivers a notable performance as an unexpected standout, managing to bring moments of genuine warmth amidst the exaggerated antics. Still, her character, like many in the film, remains largely underdeveloped.

While "Mafia Mamma" promises a fresh take on the crime-comedy genre, it falls into the trap of overusing the same tired tropes. It's enjoyable for a single viewing, especially if you're in the mood for undemanding entertainment. Just don't expect to be blown away by its comedic prowess or a nuanced take on the mafia world.

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