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Friday, April 30, 2010

Bella Mafia (1997)

This contrived mafia potboiler reaches such heights of operatic absurdity and ludicrousness that it becomes enjoyable in the way only certain bad movies can be. After the decimation of the male members of the family, four mafia widows concoct a plan for revenge that will avenge their spouses and once again make them a formidable power in the Mafia. It teeters dangerously toward “camp”. Vanessa Redgrave as a gun toting mafia widow? Peter Bogdanovich as a Mafia kingpin? The acting ranges from good (Nastassja Kinski whose character anchors the film) to terrible (James Marsden’s Luca is near astonishing in the annals of bad acting). Still, it’s never boring. Jennifer Tilly, Illeana Douglas, Franco Nero and Dennis Farina co-star.

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