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'The Kitchen': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the female Irish Mafia movie

Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss transform into more badass than they have been on-screen as they take over the 70s New York underworld.

A crime thriller by a woman, for women? Check! Thanks to Andrea Berloff, 'The Kitchen' will see Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss transform into more badass than they have been on-screen. In that, if someone came at this mamas with all the 'women belong in the kitchen jokes,' they would politely remind them that's where all the knives are!

Set in the male-dominated underworld of organized crime operations in the 1970s in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, these ladies embark on a notorious journey of absolutely owning the field after their husbands get busted. This sparks off a thrilling tale of crime, risks, and drama that the homemakers get so obsessed with, that they decide to put everything at stake.

Release date

The film is set to be released in the United States on August 9, 2019.

Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, and Tiffany Haddish in 'The Kitchen.' Source: Warner Bros


As per the official synopsis released by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, the film is based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC Entertainment and stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as three 1978 Hell's Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands get arrested by the FBI. Following that, the three ladies, left with little but a sharp ax to grind, decide to take the Irish mafia's matters into their own hands, and they prove to be unexpectedly adept at everything from running rackets to taking out the competition... quite literally.


Andrea Berloff attends CinemaCon 2019 Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You to “The Big Picture”, an Exclusive Presentation of its Upcoming Slate at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Source: Getty

Andrea Berloff is making her directorial debut with 'The Kitchen.' The American screenwriter, actress, director, and producer is best known for writing the 2006 disaster drama film 'World Trade Center', and for co-writing the 2015 biographical drama 'Straight Outta Compton.'


Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy arrives to the BAFTA Tea Party at The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 05, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Source: Getty

She might have been the beloved chef in charge at the Independence Inn but this time, McCarthy is taking on a whole other kind of kitchen by storm. The Oscar-nominated actress is playing the role of Kathy Brennan in Berloff's film. The character is a devoted mother of two, who even though initially hesitant to enter the criminal world, soon realizes how deftly skilled she is for the same.

Tiffany Haddish

Actor Tiffany Haddish attends the world premiere of 'Nobody's Fool' at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on October 28, 2018 in New York, New York. Source: Getty

You might know her as the queen of comedy, but the actress is a lot more than just her brilliant comic timing in the movie. As Ruby O'Carroll, she goes from being an outsider in an Irish community to a kickass woman seeking self-sufficiency once her husband is not around to protect her.

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss attends the "Us" Premiere 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Paramount Theater at Stateside Theater on March 08, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Source: Getty

Considering how bold and dauntless her character Offred aka June is on the Hulu phenomenon, 'The Handmaid's Tale,' Moss' character in 'The Kitchen' starts off as the docile, meek wife, subjected to immense abuse at the hands of her own husband. But instead of falling for a new man, she finds love in the thrill and violence of her new life in the underworld. A sort of second awakening of sorts!



The trailer for the film came out just a few days ago and the word joyride would be an understatement for it. Fast cars, violence, and cash - lots and lots of it - makes it a film for pretty much everyone. Let's add the mafia into the mix and we have the perfect recipe for the 70s underworld movie. 

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