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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, Michelle Pfeiffer
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DVD, Blu-ray

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

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Under the witness-protection program the 'Manzoni' family have been
re-located to 'Normandy' their names are of course changed, it is now
'Blake' the former mafia-boss 'Giovanni Manzoni' (now 'Fred Blake)
has stitched up his former 'Mafia' family.( He's broken the Mafia code)
'Agent' 'Robert Stansfield' (Tommy Lee Jones) try's to keep the family
in line, but old habit's die hard....which leads to many tongue-in-cheek
if but violent sequences.
The Kids 'Belle' and 'Warren' have to adjust to life in a ''normal'' college,
it doesn't take either long to muscle in on the action however.
'Frank's' wife 'Maggie' (Michell Pfeiffer) also has difficulty in fitting into a
run-of-the mill community, life style just won't be the same.
Of course 'Fred' (Robert De Niro) and his family are on the 'mafia' hit-list,
''The Family'' (Mafia) don't forget and are closing in on the 'Blake's new
surroundings after a 'Normandy' newspaper finds its way across the
'Atlantic' into the hands of the now imprisoned 'Mafia' boss.
'Fred' (Giovanni) has a whole lot more to worry about than the colour of
the tap-water.
The 'Blake' family now come face to face with 'MAFIA' hit-men in a life or
death showdown.
Some of the reviews I've read in the National's have been less than
complimentary about the movie, however...
The film does harbour many 'violent' sure to make you smile moments,
maybe not the fastest moving film you'll watch this year, however if like#
myself you like 'Robert De Niro' movies, it's worth a spin.
Special Features -
*Making of The Family.
*The Many Meanings of the Fu*%.
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Disappointing film from Luc Besson, definitely not one of his best; his usually deft handling seems to have deserted him and the plot is so full of holes that perhaps a better title would have been The Swiss Cheese Family - might have been more fun in the Alps, too; maybe even a reprise of the The Eiger Sanction [DVD]

There are some mildly amusing moments, such as when Michelle Pfeiffer blows up the local grocery store, but most most of the humour is just inane. And any potentially humourous scenes are spoiled by pointless violence - yes, I know the family are not meant to be angels, but this film is presumably meant to entertain and it misses that goal quite badly in my view.

In spite of having some very fine actors on board, I found that none of the family members had any engaging or redeeming characteristics and by the end of the film I was hoping they'd all be blown away by the Mob. Unfortunately, that didn't happen and the real victims were the French inhabitants of the village so pointlessly wrecked by a ludicrous number of heavily-armed, but congenitally stupid, mobsters.

Only bother watching if your beer goggles are fully loaded...
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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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By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
"The Family" is an excellent and entertaining gangster comedy about an aging mafioso "snitch" played by Robert De Niro who , along with his family, are relocated to Normandy,France under an FBI witness protection programme. The film boasts a very good cast and some fine acting. Michelle Pfeiffer plays De Niro's wife and Tommy Lee Jones his FBI handler. The two teenagers who play De Niro's children also put in star performances. One thing about the film I had qualms about was it's assumption that sadistic, brutal violence is somehow funny, but if you put that to one side this film does stand out from the crowd. It is witty and clever throughout and the viewer does care about this dysfunctional mafia family despite their criminal antics. The film is well paced, suspenseful and absorbing as mafia hitmen close in on the fugitives following the family's decision not to live a quiet, unobtrusive life among the French locals. One of the best films that I have seen this year.
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