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Based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC Entertainment, the film stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as three 1978 Hell's Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia's matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition…literally.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: With three talented leads struggling to prop up a sagging story, The Kitchen is a jumbled crime thriller in urgent need of some heavy-duty renovation.
WTOP (Washington, D.C.)
Sometimes you can have all the ingredients but too many cooks in the kitchen. That's the case in the new crime drama "The Kitchen," which features a killer cast and stylish period details, but suffers from an uneven plot that feels slapped together.
July 24, 2020
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Common Sense Says
Fabulous cast wasted in disappointing, violent misfire.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Kitchen is based on a 1970s-set DC Vertigo comics series that follows a group of women who take over the Irish crime family in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan while their husbands are in prison. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss, this is a dark, violent, and unexpectedly bloody film with a very high body count. People are mostly shot to death, but a couple are beaten or even pushed to their demise. An abused woman is shown being punched and kicked and is so injured that she has to go to the hospital. Language is extremely strong, with F-bombs flying in nearly every scene (as well as "s--t," "c--t," "tw-ts," "d--ks," and much more). Characters drink in nearly every scene, there are a couple of drug references, and extras smoke in the background. There's one major romantic subplot with a couple of love scenes and passionate kisses. The story's female empowerment messages ultimately devolve into a story of betrayal, corruption, and every woman for herself.
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- Genre:Drama, Thriller, Action
- Release Date:August 9, 2019
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
If purchased in:4K
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