By Chris Parcellin | April 26, 2000

She’s a he. Look, it’s not as if I’m giving anything away, since the video box for “Mob Queen” hails Jon Carnoy’s mobster farce as “‘The Sopranos’ meets ‘The Crying Game.'” It’s also a revelation no more predictable than naming a main heavy Joey “The Heart” Aorta…and then saddling him with a heart condition. That’s the sophistication level at which this utterly predictable, yet still oddly enjoyable comedy operates. George Gianfranco (David Proval) and Dip (Dan Moran) are the mobster equivalent of production assistants. Usually relegated to such distasteful tasks as fetching Joey’s (Tony Sirico) laundry, their only glimpse of a hitman’s life comes when Joey sends them to bust the fingers of small-time debtors over $10 loans. Not that forgetting Joey’s birthday is going to help them move up the food chain any. So, thinking fast, George arranges a dinner date between Joey and Glorice (Candis Cayne…yeah, right), a statuesque and sophisticated prostitute who simply, ahem, “blew” George away in an earlier encounter. After a rocky start, the evening seems to be going swell…until the boys discover that there’s a bit more to Glorice than meets the eye. And if Joey finds out, the only question will be whether or not “The Heart” has time to rub out George and Dip before his heart does him in. “Mob Queen” is one of those films where you’ve got it all figured out within the first few minutes. There’s not a single surprise in the whole thing. Which makes it all the more remarkable that it’s such an earnest hoot. Although Proval and Sirico lay it on a bit thick as Mafioso caricatures, Moran’s dim-bulb sidekick schtick is as amusing as it is underused. I’m not sure who would rent “Mob Queen.” Maybe there’s an audience of people who, like George, have a secret drag queen fetish — and it’s completely obvious form the opening credits that Cayne’s deeply alto-voiced Glorice ain’t exactly the daintiest of flowers. For everyone else, “Mob Queen” will merely be a lightly amusing way to kill off an hour and a half.

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