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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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With an interesting combination of actors I was expecting a good film. That it was, if a little lacking in plot.

Belle (Dianna Agron) from glee plays Giovannis (De Niros) daughter. Her plot seems to be around a young math geek who she has sex with against the classroom door and is going to throw herself off a building because he's moving to Paris and doesn't care for her. She sees the gangsters and jumps in to save her family. This I found a shame - the son (Jon D'Leo) has much more of a plot, setting up businesses etc within school whilst his sister has a much more feminine appropriate story line.

It's just a shame that whilst everyone else is blowing up supermarkets and killing people that the daughter is falling in love and losing her virginity. Asides from that annoyance the film does well - carried by De Niro
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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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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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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2015
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Black comedy is a difficult genre, some viewers are going to find it as funny as having their fingers broken, others are going to regret there was not a bigger body count. Tip in the genuine dislike many viewers will have for bad guys and it is a matter needing a subtle approach, but in this case it's Luc Besson directing so we can go straight to Plan B. Providing frequent slaughter does not bother you there is an amusing tale here, well-delivered by the players though the French location is pretty much St Imagination-sur-Scriptwriter, and lots of shooting. It was an interesting distraction but no more.
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