Mafia Mamma’ (2023) Movie Review: a good idea that doesn’t materialize into something good
Mafia Mamma is a film directed by Catherine Hardwicke starring the “almost” always great Toni Collette and Monica Bellucci, and this time, as great and wonderful as they are, they don’t manage to save a comedy with jokes that don’t end up being funny.
Bad start for a comedy, don’t you think?
Movie ReviewMafia Mamma is a parody crime thriller that without wanting to go anywhere and aware of this circumstance, limits itself to overflow with clichés (it was obvious), to drop more or less funny jokes and that relies on the two stars’ performances (especially Toni Collette’s) to save the movie from sinking.
And no matter how great he or she could be, no actor can save a bad script nor, dare we say, a bad editing at the level of rhythm (which also requires a good script, by the way). Thus, Mafia Mamma is sometimes placed in almost separate scenes without a common nexus that, unfortunately, follow each other without balance.
In terms of genre, it doesn’t end up finding its place either, or does it want to be totally dragged into the parody side of things. It has a story that doesn’t get to unfold amid a parody that underlies and drowns any other attempt.
Good in the action scenes.
It has come out well on other occasions and with similar concerns (Analyze This, with Robert De Niro and Billy Cristal), but those cases, sharing similar intentions, had more insightful phrases and, perhaps, more inspired actors.
Well, no, Mafia Mamma is not spared from disaster by the performances of Toni Collette and Monica Bellucci and, unfortunately, we do not recommend it.
Except for the finger joke, which we found funny (Aerosmith helps to give it the “tacky” touch).
Our OpinionA good idea wrongly executed.
Release DateApril 2023
Where to Watch Mafia MammaIn theatres
Toni ColletteToni Collette is an Australian actress and musician who has been widely acclaimed for her performances in both dramatic and comedic roles. She began her acting career in the early 1990s on the Australian television show “Police Rescue.” She then went on to appear in a variety of theater productions, such as “The Boys,” “Cosi,” “Velvet Goldmine” and “Muriel’s Wedding,” before making her U.S. film debut with “Emma”. Her impressive body of work includes memorable roles in cult classics like “The Sixth Sense,” dark comedies such as “Little Miss Sunshine” and critically-acclaimed turns in dramas such as “United States of Tara” and “Hereditary”. In addition to her acting ability, Collette is also known for her singing skills, having recorded two albums with fellow bandmate Glenn Richards. She has won numerous accolades throughout her career including Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, AACTA Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Monica BellucciMonica Anna Maria Bellucci is an Italian actress and fashion model. Born in Città di Castello, Umbria, she started her career as a model in 1988 at the age of 13. She gradually gained prominence through her work in both cinema and fashion, becoming one of the most popular European actresses. Her beauty and talent have seen her appear in high-profile films such as The Matrix Reloaded, Irreversible, Tears of the Sun, The Passion of the Christ and Malèna.
Bellucci has also graced magazine covers including Maxim, Vanity Fair and Esquire, with many fans drawn to her beauty and elegance. She has been featured in numerous advertising campaigns for major companies such as Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and L’Oréal. In 2006 she became a brand ambassador for the Italian mobile phone company Wind and later that year was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Of The Year. Bellucci also served as a judge on the television show Top Model Italy from 2007-2008.