Picks and Pans Review: Between Love and Honor
Another Melrose Place star, another fact-based movie set in the '70s. Grant Show stars as Steve Collura, a neighborhood guy from Brooklyn who is recruited by the police to infiltrate the mob. Cloris Leachman (yikes!) plays Show's Italian mama. While undercover, Show falls for a young woman (Maria Pitillo) who turns out to be the cherished live-in god-daughter of New York City's capo-ditutti-capi-tutti-frutti, Carlo Gambino (Robert Loggia). The romance makes Show's job go like, well, gangbusters. But the subterfuge irritates his conscience.
It's a flavorful film (all right, that flavor is marinara). But it can't surmount Show's drab performance. He plays his role with a thick-tongued, slightly doltish air that recalls Sasha Mitchell's Cody character on the TGIF sitcom Step By Step (yikes again).