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DeNiro plays Giovanni Manzoni, a mobster in the witness protection program that turned on his cronies and is now a heavily monitored and frequent mover. His family, Maggie, Belle and Warren are products of their father. They have learned a few things about getting what they want and defending themselves. With their new home in Normandy, France, they struggle to hide their nature.
The movie trailer plays into the movies comedy and the description of the movie leads with the word comedy. While I found a lot of the movie pretty funny, I think it is important to not go into the movie expecting to be humored like one of our American version crude comedies. Go into "The Family" not knowing what to expect and you’ll find that it tackles many genres of film and has a good range of comedy, action, drama, and to top it off, some quality suspense.
To be honest, some of Luc Besson’s earlier films are some of my favorite movies I’ve ever seen because those movies had amazing characters and great personality.Read more ›
The cast is great, the story line not half bad, and the tension and drama are not lacking. The film pays homage to De Niro's past roles a few times, which made me laugh. The comedy isn't so much spoken as it is in the action, and the actors did very well in communicating it.
This isn't your typical mobster flick. Go in expecting nothing and you'll find yourself enjoying it.
“The Family” brings together an outstanding cast following the lead of writer/director Luc Besson. This might not be up to the very best of Besson’s work but I found it funny and entertaining. Besson also both wrote and directed “The Fifth Element” which we love so much at our house that our cat is named after one of the characters. He also wrote and directed “La Femme Nikita” a truly exciting thriller. Besson has a touch so deft and light that he has made a completely satisfying comedic film-no matter that the characters include a psychopath Mafia gangster, his loving wife, daughter and son, killers all.
It helps any movie if your leading man is Robert De Niro. It also helps if your leading lady is Machelle Pfeiffer. De Niro portrays a Mafia goon who has sold out his friends to the FBI. Pfeiffer plays his wife with her very best Brooklyn accent, something she has saved up from her role in “Married to the Mob” just for this film. She keeps us in stitches. After selling out his pals, the mobster and his family are imbedded in the Witness Protection Program. They hilariously have trouble adapting to ordinary life and end up in a small town in Normandy, France. Delicious.
“The Family” is very much R rated for bad words and casual violence. The Burke family just cannot seem to change their ways. The scenes of the teenagers adapting to their new life I found particularly funny. Not that the situations would be considered funny but because the actors and the writer/director made them funny.
Martin Scorsese is among the producers of “The Family”. He and his fellows allowed Besson a mere $30 million to make the film. This is a small, clever film of no great importance but it is leagues ahead of most of what we have seen since early summer.Read more ›
This film could also be titled,"The F-Word Movie," as it is used so often throughout the film. However, it is not offensive (to me at least) but shows the many meanings that crude expression can have from what was originally intended; its constant variety of uses is what makes this flick so darned funny. Plus, the last four words scripted for DeNiro to speak at the end left me doubled up with laughter. Buy it; borrow it; or steal it from your neighbor, and then thank Martin Scorsese for yet another great movie.
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Mob family in witness protection.
Fred Blake/Giovanni Manzoni/Robert De Niro is the father, who cannot keep himself from writing his memoirs and exposing his family. Read more
Dvd was as described. The movie is hilarious. A must have for your dvd collection.Published 20 days ago by tbyrd
Wonderful story. Great performances. You will enjoy it. If not, we will pay you a visit. He, he. The Family.Published 2 months ago by Mr. Ed
Even the outstanding Robert DeNiro couldn't save this awful movie! Lousy plot, unbelievable exploits, and idiotic dialogue make this a barely one-star.Published 2 months ago by G. Vorys
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