Thursday, September 12, 2013

  • Opens September 13, 2013 
  • 1 hr 51 min
  • R | Violence, Language and Brief Sexuality

While The Family adds nothing new to its genre it's still a fun fest of predictable humor that makes it a good lazy Sunday watch.  The Family is about a mob boss and his family in the witness protection program after he gave up his "other" family.  Switching from place to place in different countries, their latest stop is Normandy, France.

The mob boss is Giovanni Manzoni played by Robert De Niro who's now a hunted man by the Mob that he betrayed.  His handler is Tommy Lee Jones who plays brooding and old too well, such that his character can be quite forgettable.  Giovanni and his family are fishes out of water in France but the kids played by Dianna Agron and John D'Leo adjusts more easily to school given their cunning manipulation of the circumstances given them.  It is truly a dysfunctional family though with the mother played by Michelle Pfeiffer showing her ugly American side at the local supermarket when she is mocked in French.  The daughter doesn't stray too far from the tree given her response to romantic advances from some local boys.

The most enjoyable moment for me besides the seemingly violent outburst by the ladies of the Manzoni family is the play on Robert De Niro.  He leads the town to believe he is a screenplay writer and is asked to debate on a film which later turns out to be one in which De Niro starred in before in real life.  Given the nature of The Family I would've suspected it would be The Godfather Part II, but is not.

Overall, I would still recommend the film as it is well acted even though predictable.  The fight scene in the end is pretty entertaining between the two "families."  Leading up to the battle though, I would've liked a different path for the daughter.    It just seemed so contrary to her strong character throughout most of the film.

What did you think of the film?

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Robert De Niro as Fred Blake/Giovanni Manzoni, the father.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer as Maggie Blake, the mother.
  • Dianna Agron as Belle Blake, the daughter.
  • John D'Leo as Warren Blake, the son.
  • Tommy Lee Jones as Tom Quintiliani, the agent.
  • Jimmy Palumbo as Di Cicco
  • Domenick Lombardozzi as Caputo.
  • Stan Carp as Don Luchese
  • Vincent Pastore as Fat Willy
  • Jon Freda as Rocco
  • Michael J. Panichelli Jr. as Billy the Bug
  • Paul Borghese as Albert
  • Anthony Desio as Bernie
  • Ted Arcidi as Tommy
  • David Belle as Mezzo

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