Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish to Star in 'The Kitchen'
Let 2018 be the year that Tiffany Haddish becomes a superstar: The breakout comedian (who charmed the world with her incredible story about taking Will Smith on a Groupon swamp tour) is teaming up comedy’s current queen Melissa McCarthy on a new movie called The Kitchen.
Here’s what we know about the movie so far: According to Variety, the film takes places in the 1970s in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. The story centers on a group of Irish mobsters who are carted off to prison, leaving behind their wives. In order to save the family business, the jailed mobsters’ spouses take over their criminal dealings, and turn out to be brutal mobsters in their own right.
That’s all we know about the plot so far, but I have some predictions of my own. Maybe this is just based on clichés, but mob movies always seem to have crucial scenes around cooking and restaurants. Remember that iconic moment in The Godfather when Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) invites a pair of business associates to dinner and then shoots them in cold blood while they’re eating? Or the scene in Goodfellas when Paulie slices garlic with a razor blade while cooking dinner in prison? The mob (in entertainment at least) has an intimate connection to food, and hopefully this comedic take on mob culture will be no different.
Since the film takes place in Hell’s Kitchen, here’s my advice to the filmmakers: Let Gordon Ramsay co-star or make a cameo. Wouldn’t he be absolutely perfect as a rival British mobster who runs a restaurant as a cover for his nefarious activities? He could chew out his subordinates, putting his love of foul language to use, plus he’s already got plenty of experience on television. Your welcome, director of The Kitchen, for this brilliant stroke of screenwriting genius.
The film’s release date hasn’t been revealed, but if Tiffany Haddish (and especially if Gordon Ramsay) is involved in any—even hypothetical—way, we'll be counting down the days until we can buy tickets.