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The Kitchen

Morally muddled tale, set in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, circa 1978, of three mob wives (Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss) who, after their husbands are imprisoned, successfully supplant the gang leader (Myk Watford) who promised but failed to take care of them in their spouses' absence. With the help of a hardened killer (Domhnall Gleeson), their protection racket becomes so profitable that they are invited into an alliance with a Brooklyn-based mafia family (headed by Bill Camp). Though well-acted, writer-director Andrea Berloff's gritty drama, adapted from a series of comic books by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, presents criminal mayhem as the vehicle by which its main characters emancipate themselves from male oppression. It also romanticizes adultery.

Watch out for: Misguided values, much gory violence, including murderous vengeance, semi-graphic adulterous sexual activity, blasphemous dialogue, pervasive rough and crude language.

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R

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