I wanted to like this movie so much, I really did. Hey, I'm a feminist. I love Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale, so I was hoping this would be more of the same (albeit in a different time, place, reality, etc.). The Kitchen is watchable but ultimately suffers because it tries too hard to make the women be "the good guys". It's a hard pill to swallow to watch shopkeepers cheerfully handing over protection money when the ladies are suddenly running the show. The reason Goodfellas worked is because none of the protagonists were necessarily likable - they were real characters, with selfish motives, and they didn't try to hide it. That's the problem with the The Kitchen: being involved in the mafia isn't a good thing for anybody, and just because women are calling the shots doesn't change that fact.