It's a story so outlandish that it needs to be served by a combination of drama and comedy, and "Rob the Mob" finds that balance quite well.
As Tommy and Rosie, Pitt and Arianda are just the right kind of nuts, the right kind of dumb, the right kind of desperate and the right kind of in love to make it all go down like pie.
De Felitta has a feel for this world and its atmosphere, from the clutter and casual ugliness of the streets, to the insularity of the mentality, to the unexpected sweetness and vulnerability of the people.
One of the pleasures of Rob the Mob, director Raymond De Felitta's serio-comic crime drama, is watching Pitt and Arianda as the rambunctious, lovestruck pair who can't believe the scam they've stumbled upon.
"Rob the Mob" skims over the lifted-from-the-headlines exploits of an outlaw couple and gleans a humanist drama steeped in sentimentality.
A romance about two down-and-outers that reveals the workings of a whole citywide ecosystem of crime and punishment.
Breezy, sleazy, and sometimes-intense, "Rob the Mob" depicts a very specific sliver of time in New York history, a time overrun by crack, graffiti, and omnipresent organized crime.
Mr. Pitt is a credible lunkhead, and Ms. Arianda is a delight, dressing Rosie's filthy mouth in the sweetest of smiles. If you were Tommy, you'd want to give her everything, too.
The always distinctive Raymond De Felitta ("City Island'') offers a hilarious mob comedy with virtually no violence, though it's based on a tabloid-ready true story that did not end at all happily.