Marrying the Mafia is part of my guilty pleasure genre: Mafia romances! Whether they be tragic or humorous. However, comedic mafia romances are my real Achilles' heel. So upon reading the title of Marrying the Mafia I had to watch it! I loved the idea of three mafia brothers deciding to play matchmaker for their beloved little sister. This movie was definitely chuckle worthy . . . and there in lies one of the problems. The synopsis made this sound awesome! Mafia matchmaker. Yet as I watched it I felt like I was watching any number of mafia romantic comedies. Don't get me wrong I genuinely liked the couple--cute. With the help of the match making bullies they fall in love, again cute. But I actually found myself liking secondary characters more. The eldest brother of the mafia clan and his wife were a hoot! Especially the wife as she goes all Mission Impossible gangster all over a woman her husband is trying to seduce. In fact, if the next movie was about her I'd be all over that! The worst part is the big romantic speech is skipped! You know that part in all romantic films we wait for. The speech. The one that comes after the couple seems like there going to split after some big misunderstanding. Let's be honest even non-romantic comedy fans look forward to this. What clever and moving, sometimes funny, words are they going to say to each other that seals the deal? Nope the leading man is driving frantically after his woman to let her know that he's really in this . . . and then they're getting married. I kept telling myself they'd flash back to it. You know she's walking down the isle and they show that missing speech at intervals until they "I do". Nope. There is a flashback, the one that shows us what really happened with the "one night stand". But I feel robbed. In general this a great average addition to the mafia comedic romances. The matching making mafia bros where awesome! And loads of secondary characters help to hold up the average romance. But I think that missing romantic speech could have added depth to the love interests, because they had no chemistry and things were just too . . . passionless. It was basically watching two pushovers fall in love, though every once a while they finally got some spirit. The ending wedding and flashback almost make up for it. But I still feel robbed . . . even the comedic gags have all been done before, and they just smacked them down in this movie hoping viewers wouldn't have seen it else where. A solid average movie all around.
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