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"These waitresses are about to turn the tables on The Mob."
  • R
  • 2002
  • 5.8  (3,134)

The 2002 crime drama film, WiseGirls, directed by David Anspaugh, stars Mira Sorvino, Melora Walters, and Mariah Carey. Set in the heart of New York City amidst the glamour of Little Italy, WiseGirls is a compelling narrative that explores the lives of three young women - Meg Kennedy (Mira Sorvino), Raychel Brinkmann (Mariah Carey), and Kate O'Malley (Melora Walters). They all take up waitress jobs at a local Italian restaurant run by the charming and charismatic, Tony (Arthur J. Nascarella).

Meg is a tough, no-nonsense woman who is eager for a fresh start in her life. Raychel, on the other hand, is a hopeless romantic, who dreams of a happy ever after. Kate, who has had an unsteady and traumatic past, is the more reserved and cautious of the trio.

The film takes us on a journey through the challenges that the women face in their daily lives- from hostile customers to tussles with the mob to contentious relationships with each other. The restaurant serves as both a convenience for the women's lifestyles and a source of comfort when their personal lives take a toll on their well-being.

As Meg realizes that her new job is not as legitimate as she was promised, she finds herself in the middle of something much bigger and dangerous, which eventually leads to unforeseen events. Kate, who harbors a secret attraction towards Tony, falls into an ill-advised relationship with him. Meanwhile, Raychel becomes caught up with a flirtatious customer, JoJo (Christian Maelen), who has an ulterior motive.

As the tension intensifies and the stakes get higher, the women find themselves pulled into a situation that could put everything, including their friendship, at risk. They must figure out a way to navigate these treacherous waters or risk being swallowed by it all.

The film depicts the underbelly of living in a mob-run city and how easy it is to get dragged into their schemes. It also portrays themes of friendship, betrayal, and female power. The trio of leading women delivers brilliant performances, with Sorvino shining in her tough exterior and vulnerability, Carey in her heartfelt portrayal of a romantic, and Walters, who effectively portrays the traumatized and cautious Kate.

WiseGirls is intense, dramatic, and gritty. It sheds light on an aspect of New York City's history that is often overlooked, while highlighting the powerful bond that can exist between women reminiscent of films like Thelma and Louise. It also boasts a soundtrack with original songs by Mariah Carey that adds to the film's flavor.

In conclusion, WiseGirls is a film worth watching for its remarkable cast, engaging plot, and nuanced storytelling. It is a hidden gem that needs more recognition for its contribution to female-driven stories in drama films.

WiseGirls is a 2002 action movie. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8.

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    5.8  (3,134)