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Crime comedy directed by Luc Besson and starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. An ex-mafia boss is moved to rural France under the witness protection program after snitching on old friends back in the States. Given new identities as the 'Blake' family, Fred (De Niro), his wife Maggie (Pfeiffer) and their two children Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D'Leo) struggle to fit in to the French way of life and it isn't long before their old ways of dealing with trouble attract attention from mafiosos back home...

Starring:
Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones
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DVD, Blu-ray

The Family

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 51 minutes
Starring Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer
Director Luc Besson
Genres Drama
Studio Entertainment One
Rental release 31 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 51 minutes
Starring Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer
Director Luc Besson
Genres Drama
Studio Entertainment One
Rental release 31 March 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
Fred Blake / Giovanni Manzoni (Robert De Niro) and family are in the witness protection program. The mafia has a $20 million price tag on their heads. They have just moved into Normandy. Tommy Lee Jones is their FBI contact. The movie plays light Italian music to induce us into thinking it is a comedy. There are numerous humorous moments, but it is far from a knee slapper. The characters are stereotyped, as is the mafia, minus the token character named Fat Tony...they use Fat Willie instead.

The family has to endure the snobbish French, all the while desiring to smash their faces, which sometimes they do. The writing was lackluster and flat. As contradictory as this sounds, the film relies heavily on stereotypes, yet at the same time fails to exploit the stereotypes to create a smart comedy. If you are going to do one, you have to do the other.

The kids at school scene begins as if it is going to be a smart comedy, but then fizzles. The affection Belle (Dianna Agron) develops for her math tutor was a complete bore and waste of time. Both De Niro's character and his wife Michelle Pfeiffer were poorly utilized outside of a few scenes.

Makes for a decent rental. Wait for a price crash to own.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, brief sex scene, no nudity.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anne on 1 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
Pretty poor stuff considering the cast and director. Billed as a comedy, but really very short on laughs and with a pointlessly high body-count.
Basically, its a cartoon, with constant acts of ridiculously overblown violence with no consequences, one-dimentional characters and a plot which is just a string of absurdities.
How could Besson make a film which is so wrong in every possible way about France and the French? The two kids have apparently been going to school in France for quite some time, yet still speak no French, which is fine since all lessons are conducted in English for their convenience! They will feel right at home since the whole school and everyone in it are lifted straight out of every American teen high school movie you've ever seen. The only concession to it supposedly being in France is that everyone speaks English with a French accent. In fact the whole town speaks English all the time (not just English, but idiomatic American English). Why did he bother setting this film in France?? Most baffling is the claim that the French live entirely on macrobiotic steamed veggies and are therefore longing for a hamburger! If it did not have Luc Besson's name on it you would think it was made by someone who had never been within a hundred miles of the place (or even to a French restaurant).
In such a cartoonish film you'd expect French clichés and stereotypes, but these aren't even clichés, its just WRONG.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Guernsey on 8 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Was looking forward to seeing this movie , some of my fav. actors in, but what a let down so poor in fact could'nt watch it to the end. What I did watch was utter trash......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JJ on 12 May 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
Watched this on a Sunday afternoon and really enjoyed it. You could make a number of observation from a criticle point of view, there are some films where you need just to lay back and enjoy and this is one of them. Are you getting a great film no, are you getting a film that puts a little smile on your face yes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hendrawati Marbun on 1 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
This had potential for a good plot and adventure. In the end we had De Niro creatively using the F-Word and half a village population being slaughtered. And the film has no conclusion as such but leaves it open to more misery for the poor villagers they set camp next to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 10th on 8 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Really Poor. No really one thing or the other, for a film with this calibre of stars, it was dreadful. Too much random meaningless killing, with no real reason.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Graham Woodcock on 29 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Not serious, not funny, not interesting. I cared nothing for any of the characters involved...and Tommy Lee Jones was criminally underused.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Hopkins on 10 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
One of the worst films I've ever seen. Characters were unlikeable, it didn't know if it was a comedy or a drama so came across as neither.
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