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The Family

  • Comedy
  • Thriller
  • 2013
  • Luc Besson
  • 107 mins
  • 15

Summary

Action comedy starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones. A mobster and his family are relocated to Normandy, France, as part of a witness protection programme. But they have no idea how to pass themselves off as a normal family.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Robert De Niro parodies his macho image in another Mob comedy, but unlike Analyze This he doesn't look like he's having any fun here. French writer/director Luc Besson clearly failed to inspire the actor, who gives a drowsy performance as a Mafia hood relocated from Brooklyn to Normandy with his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and kids in a wildly extravagant scheme by the Witness Protection Program. Pfeiffer at least makes the most of her part as the brash American "broad" and John D'Leo has his moments as her son (and chip off the old block) who turns the tables on the school bullies, but Glee star Dianna Agron gives an utterly vacant portrayal of the lovesick daughter with homicidal tendencies. Besson mocks his compatriots with little good humour, often using extreme violence where there should have been a sly punch line. Italian-Americans may not be too flattered either, though Besson fawns over his star, alluding to his work with Martin Scorsese in the build-up to an explosive finale. Generally, though, the visuals are as cheap as the jokes in a movie that's as stale as yesterday's baguette.

Credits

Cast

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Fred Blake / Giovanni ManzoniRobert De Niro
Maggie BlakeMichelle Pfeiffer
Robert StansfieldTommy Lee Jones
Belle BlakeDianna Agron
Warren BlakeJohn D'Leo
CaputoDomenick Lombardozzi
Fat WillyVincent Pastore
RoccoJon Freda
MezzoDavid Belle

Crew

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DirectorLuc Besson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2013-11-22
Languages
English | Italian | French
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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