This was the film Robert De Niro took a real bus driving test so he could play the part of Lorenzo Anello a normal man who is trying to raise his family in the Bronx district.
What makes this film unusual is that De Niro is playing a father and not a mobster (for once) he also takes he directing chair and does a pretty good job overall. The second interesting part of the film is that the part of Sonny LoSpecchio (the local capo) is portrayed by Chazz Palminteri, who wrote the story and it's based partly on his own life.
The story sees Lorenzo and his son Calogero living in the Bronx, Lorenzo wants nothing to do with the mob or for it to be any part of his life, but his Son soon strikes up an interest in mob activities, and forms a friendship with Sonny. This causes a conflict with his father, and the film follows the developments in the strained relationship between Father and Son..and Sonny (who is in many ways an alternative Father to Calogero )
This isn't a normal "mob film" in a lot of ways, there are elements of violence (though not too strong hence the 15 rating) It's more an exploration of the Father/Son bond and how that is tested and grows over time. It's interesting to see De Niro play the part of a Father and not the gangster, and he does it better than I expected. The cast is good, and the story is made all the more appealing being roughly based on reality. The film has a strong moral undertone to it, and it would be fair to call it somewhat removed from your normal Mafia based production. An interesting and unusual film that should appeal to a fairly broad audience, it might not be quite the classic De Niro all time top 5 film list, but it blends a serious story with some lighter more entertaining parts quite well.