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on 21 April 2014
Entertaining film about a family on the run... who happen to be on the witness protection scheme. Yet, as the old saying goes, no matter how much a man tries to run from his past, his past will always find a way to catch up with him! And that is exactly what the family do... they allow their emotions to take control of their actions which inevitably allows their enemies to locate them, but will the family pull together to outwit the mob?

De Niro gives a great performance as the father, Fred who tries to protect his family, coupled with a solid performance from Michelle Pfeiffer, who seems to get better with age! Tommy Lee Jones, manages to play his predictable self as the agent who is in charge of protecting the family and the two kids are also perfectly cast.

Worth a watch for a few funny moments, yet in no why a classic!
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on 13 August 2014
Boring. The cutscenes don't gel together. Storyline is nothing special to tell and the movie is unnecessary long. I have to stop & watch in several sections. It tries to be funny but it's not. It tries to contain some actions and it's nothing exciting. Very disappointing.
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on 29 June 2014
I love all things about the mafia and love seeing Robert De Niro reprise his gangster roles from the past, even though they are mostly comedy now, and in this he plays 'Giovanni Manzoni' alias 'Fred Blake' an ex mafia don and now FBI informant relocated to a french village in Normandy, and Michelle Pfeiffer plays his wife 'Maggie Blake'. The two are quite funny in parts as their backgrounds and personalities start to impact on other people in this sleepy french village, and Tommy Lee Jones is also quite funny as 'Stansfield' an FBI agent who pops up every now and again to keep an eye on them. But, the good cast assembled here by director Luc Besson (Kiss of the Dragon) and (Taken) is eventually let down by scenes involving their children which were pretty much boring to watch and not really necessary at all.
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on 16 December 2013
You might object to a film with a rating of 29% based on 119 reviews from leading critics being called `a masterpiece' but you would be wrong because `The Family' is one of the most entertaining action comedy films of the year with great performances from Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones and when I say great performances I mean they pretty much play the same role they have played in every movie ever. However it's hard to object to Robert De Niro playing a gangster and Tommy Lee Jones playing a grumpy law man.

Some of the bad reviews go like this `Unfortunately, The Family suffers from an extreme case of advanced tonal disorder'; `It's horribly violent, the family are appalling, it's never believable and far too long'; `The collateral damage involving innocent bystanders is staggering.'; `A lumbering farce that takes an unpleasantly sadistic glee in violence, murder and intimidation.'; `Neither comedy nor drama, 'The Family' is a combination of both that sometimes works when it decides what it wants to be.'; `The Blakes are hardly sympathetic figures, so when their lives are threatened, I began to silently root for their demise' and finally my favourite comment `The film isn't worthy of De Niro's stature, in the gangster sub-genre or otherwise' - apparently this reviewer has not seen a Robert De Niro film in the last few years.

First of all if you dislike this film it's probably based on one the reasons given by leading critics in the second paragraph and to be honest not one comment is a bad reason to hate this film because the characters in the family are complete psychopaths who care about nothing but themselves. They overact to the slightest comment and are pretty much gangsters which is hardly surprising since De Niro's character states that he considered the mob his `family' and sold them out for a better quality of life.

The best thing about this film is the story. The start, middle and end. The ending is fantastic with a brilliant last 30 minutes that had me on the edge of my seat. Given the previous actions by the family it is completely open to what might happen; you just really don't know how it will end. The best scene is the scene where Robert De Niro is asked to be a critic on the film `Goodfellas'.

This film is for you if you can accept the fact that the family are psychopaths with zero redeeming qualities and absolutely no empathy for other people. The story is strong and for a film with few likable lead characters is incredibly enjoyable. Definitely worth seeing.
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This film from Luc Besson purports to be a black comedy and it starts promisingly enough but ends up being an all out action flick. The story is about a mafia family in witness protection hiding in France but unable to escape their own nature which eventually reveals them to their pursuers.
The acting is all good though De Niro and Pfeiffer could do this with their eyes closed and it could have been a very funny film but somewhere it gets lost between the two genres and never hits either mark satisfactorily.
That said its not a bad film and not a total waste of time to watch.
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on 29 April 2014
It does what it says on the tin, this film is quite a little gem in that it takes you out of the usual glitzy world of the standard Hollywood settings and sends you to rural France for an in-depth look at the farcical life of a mobster and his family under the protection of the US witness protection program.
You would think that as a family who have lived their lives within the fold of the Cosa Nostra how could you possibly like them but De Niro, Pfeiffer, Jones and Co pull this off beautifully, I'm not going to go into the detail of the plot because that will spoil the watching pleasure and just leave this review with a recommend to watch this film, it's worth it and you wont be disappointed.
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VINE VOICEon 25 December 2014
American family the Blakes move into a small town in France and attempt to blend in. As it turns out, Fred Blake, the head of the family, is a former Mafia boss on the run after ratting out his old crew who want revenge and is in the witness protection programme. A good cast with Robert Deniro spoofing his famous gangster movie roles with Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife and Tommy Lee Jones as the FBI agent looking after them. It's a spoof of all the gangster movie clichés and also the old rude French people cliché as the Blakes try to get to know the locals and pretend they are an ordinary American family but really everyone involved including director Luc Besson have made a lot better.
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on 26 June 2014
This is a wonderfully quirky film. The "family" of the title have been in witness protection for a very long time but, because they screw up their anonimity every single time, they have to keep moving on and assuming new identities. Tommy Lee Jones is brilliant as the long-suffering cop who has to babysit them through each move. I loved it when the blow-hard boys at school decided to hit on the daughter; she made mincemeat out of them. The son tries to stick to the rule but that lasts for about 30 seconds. He's quite a wheeler-dealer. The father is all smiles, but what lies beneath is lethal; the same goes for the mom. Much blowing up and grave digging! Loved it.
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on 9 January 2016
This was billed as a comedy and to an extent it was but neither my husband nor I laughed once. The actng is okay as you might imagine given the three stars Robert de Niro,, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer and the story is okay to a point but it very quickly becomes silly and totally slapstick.

the daughter's romance seems a bit unnecessary and adds nothing to the story and at times some of the actions also add nothing.

The scenery is nice and looks like France but this is not a film I would recommend but it might appeal to certain audiences so i won't completely dismiss it for some. I like my comedy more subtle personally.
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on 15 March 2015
Awful, gratituous violence, no plot, and childish storyline
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