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Plot: The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard. Runtime: 111 mins Release Date: 12 Sep 2013
The Family That Shoots Together (by superwomanproductions)
I attended a screening of "The Family" a week before it opened in theaters. From the very first scene I was blown away. I was expecting a dark comedy, but I was pleasantly surprised that "The Family" was full of action and vendetta. Michelle Pfeiffer was outstanding as the clever mother who didn't take too kindly to people talking behind her back or stealing from her. Robert DeNiro was stellar as the father trying to do what he needs to do to protect his family but in need of an outlet of his own to maintain his sense of purpose and self. Then there are the children. <more>
Clever, meticulous, observant children. High school isn't a picnic by any means but they handled themselves well. Tommy Lee Jones co-starred as the family's handler and he sure can drive a car. There are twists, turns, shoot outs, explosions, fights, strategic use of a tennis racket and homage paid to "Goodfellas". I really enjoyed "The Family" and I will see it again.
Brown Water Flows Through a Top Notch Film (by rickscafe419)
For heaven's sake--all Giovanni Manzoni wanted was clear, not brown water and by God, he did something about it. No kidding. Something quite unusual but that's all I'll comment about it. You simply have to see how Mr.Di Niro a.k.a Manzoni solves this rather perplexing problem.What a beautifully written, directed and acted film about an all-American family in the witness protection program, hiding out and being protected by Tommy Lee Jones and his agents in Normandy, France. A treasure of a concocted mixture of levity, satire, sarcasm, assault, battery and murder emanating from <more>
each of the four Manzoni family members. Gio, his wife, daughter 17 years old and son, a meek, quiet 14 year old unless you tick him off. And the same goes for that gorgeous sister of his who's easy on the eyes but what a temper, fists and knee."The Family," all about stateside mobsters seeking revenge for having been snitched on, is NOT meant to be taken as seriously as, for instance, "Goodfellas" and "Casino." On the contrary. It's sort of like a tongue-in-cheek story of vicious folks, if such a thing is possible. Honest injun---this movie is a potpourri of cornball,bullets, bombs and bursting sides with laughter. A "don't miss-flick."
" The Family " 4 Thumbs Up For The Mob Genre' (by iMovieCritic-666-701399)
" Funny and bad at the same time with one powerhouse ending " Russell & Cissy Russell & Cissy's Entertainment Values With SpoilersRelease Date: Friday, September 13, 2013 / Relativity Media R & C Warnings - violence, language 59, mostly the "Fancy" word , Gestures 1 and brief sexuality.Rating: R: Restricted: Run-time 1:52 Russell & Cissy, the Two Movie Critics rate movies based on Entertainment Value only. Follow and LIKE us at facebook.com/TwoMovieCritics*************************************** Robert Deniro and Tommy Lee Jones take all the laughs in <more>
this mobster spoof.After ratting out his Mafia cohorts, Robert De Niro and his family enter the Witness Protection Program and relocate to Normandy. Despite their handler', Tommy Lee Jones' best efforts to keep them in line, De Niro his wife,Michelle Pfeiffer, and children Dianna Agron, John D'Leo can't help but resort to doing things the "family" way.However, their dependence on such old habits places everyone in danger from vengeful mobsters, and leads to one of the ' On the edge of your seat, power packed endings '
THE FAMILY is one of my favorite movies this year. It's funny, it's witty, it's quick on its feet and it's surprisingly heartwarming. It's got firepower, it's got action, though it has a hard time finding peanut butter. What a great blend of family drama and gangster comedy. Luc Besson, the great director who brought us such masterpieces as Leon The Professional and The Fifth Element, is back and he's bringing with him a family that's as tough as their patriarch is. Led by three great thesps Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, and <more>
complimented by young talents like John D'Leo and Dianna Agron, THE FAMILY aims to entertain those of us who love a bit of Goodfellas added a hint of humor. Just like that old saying: Never go against the family.In a nutshell, it's about a family who was part of the mob right up until the patriarch, Robert De Niro ratted out the bosses and since then, De Niro's family has been in witness protection program, and the bosses in prison are still bent on finding them and killing them. De Niro's family got moved by the program to a new place in Normandy, France. Obviously it's a big drastic change from Brooklyn NY to France, so that in and of itself is already enough to let you know that hilarity that comes out of the difficulties of adjusting to a new place will ensue, including the bullish*t story that they have to come up with to explain where they're from or who they are to the new neighbors. Now.. unlike other gangster comedies, kinda like the ones that Guy Ritchie made, THE FAMILY does not show dumb bumbling criminals, the comedy in THE FAMILY banks on the short fuse and the temper that this Brooklyn family has, the violence exists because the reasons behind it are petty and that makes it funny. They try so hard to fit in and but because the new culture that they're in is extremely different, to a certain point it even looks down on them, they can't help but to unleash their old tough selvesRobert De Niro is a legend, we all know that, he makes things look so easy. He's played gangster or mobster roles countless times before, he's even done it for comedy, anybody remember Analyze This?! So THE FAMILY is a walk in the park for him, he could probably do this blindfolded, but of course, he doesn't take it too lightly especially when sparring with other greats like Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones, whenever those three interact on screen, it's like the camera just wants more and more of them even when their lines are done and over. De Niro's character is a good father, with a terrible past, but is a good father to his kids, and it's killing him that he can't tell his story to the world. Pretending to be someone he's not, suffocates him. He starts writing his own memoir, which is discouraged by his handler, played by Tommy Lee Jones, but it's clear to see that all De Niro's character wants is some kind of appreciation, that despite the terrible things he's done, he's still a good man. Note the many use of the word F*CK that De Niro uses to express all kinds of range of emotions, it's definitely one of this movie's highlights. De Niro and Tommy's friendship relationship in this movie is a complicated one, you can tell that Tommy cares for De Niro and his family but at the same time there's duty that he has to uphold and strict protocol that must be followed by all involved if De Niro's family wants to survive. The kids, played by D'Leo and Agaron, face ordinary things that teenagers face, sexual tension, trying to fit in and figuring out how to be resourceful, there's also the matter of good ol' heartbreak, so this movie has a nice dose of family drama that doesn't beat around the bush, the pacing is just right. You can tell that they're aching, they're not enjoying life in hiding, they wish they could run away, but deep down they're not blaming each other because in a strange way, that lifestyle has brought them closer together.Another thing I love about THE FAMILY is that you get it or you understand why these characters stay together; why these people love each other, why Michelle's character and De Niro's character ever matched, and even their kids, played by D'Leo and Agron, display their parents traits; their take-no-bullish*t attitudes. They're physical, they're cunning, they won't hesitate to use a bat or a hammer to prove a point, they're easily offended, and all of that equals hilarious. Inflicting pain, gangster-style, is always hard to watch mainly because in gangster world, there are no limits as to what you can use to inflict pain, you improvise, the creativity is boundless, so the shock value is always there, director Luc Besson doesn't shy away but at the same time he never means for this movie to be straight up Scorsese, who by the way helped exec-produce THE FAMILY, this movie at its center wants to show you a dysfunctional family, a family who we would quickly judge, but they're a family nonetheless.-- Ramascreen.com
I don't know what people expect, but i enjoyed this one a lot. Robert De Nero is always great and funny, and the movie passed really quickly ,wit a lot of fun moments and smiles on my face. meaning it was entertaining. The movie suppose to be kinda of comedy with funny touches of the old Robert De Niro gangster movies and that makes it fun to watch and adds extra touch to the movie itself. I was not looking to see in this movie dark and dramatic scenes and general action drama feeling. Life is too serious as they are, not every movie must be serious as well.... I recommend this movie to <more>
all Robert De Nero fans and in general to whom ever wanna just sit down chill and relax and enjoy fun and not heavy movie!
This is a very original and enjoyable mob comedy with a terrific cast and a European setting - Normandy. "The Family" is under witness protection and relocated to France. Because of snitching they are on the run with the Fed protection accompanying them. At the center is a quirky endearing darkly comic and surprisingly loving Brooklyn mob family. The way each one of them housewife, teenagers and ex mobster adapt to their new French town is delightful.Robert De Niro does a similar comic role to his Analyse This & Analyst That character. Good to see his rapport with crusty old <more>
Tommy Lee Jones as a fed. Michelle Pfeiffer acts convincingly as the wife. She's still attractive and it's so refreshing she isn't botoxed like many actresses her age. Dianna Agron is quite lovely here as the teenager daughter who can take care of herself. John d'Leo is the teenage son with a lot going on in school.For those who are expecting a thriller action movie from Luc Besson - they won't get it. It's more comedy than action and it's nice to see Luc Besson can pull it off just as well. Although there is some killing it is more funny than graphic.An enjoyable watch.
I watched this almost expecting to be disappointed. I ended up watching it twice.After a few times of "things" happening they came to be expected. But I still couldn't help laughing. And really the only time I didn't laugh was because the script decided to have a couple serious moments.Don't get me wrong. This isn't just stupid laughs. There is a plot, there is acting, there is everything that makes a great movie.I think the only way this could have been funnier is if Joe Pesci had been in it also.This movie literally defines "wise-guy".
Low expectations but high Hopes. Exceeded both! (by jamar_irby)
When I received the premier passes to see "The Family", I was really expecting with such great actors/actresses, that this movie would be good; but more-so expecting it to fall flat like so many before it. I was greatly surprised.The Movie is based on the French author Tonino Benacquista's novel Malavita, which is know as Badfellas in America. And "BadFellas" is an interesting way to view this film. It does have all the wonderful elements of the great Mobster movies, but with a touch more humor. The family dynamic is a refreshing one that invokes what a modern mob <more>
family would probably be going through. You found yourself "going" for the family as a whole and not singling out one for their idiocy. The movie starts off fast to quickly usher you thorough the character introductions and development, which is a good thing, because it allows you to experience their personality and growth throughout the film. You watch the stupid mistakes of a teenage girl, a boy who's intuitive yet still flawed. A mother who's trying to do the best she can to hold her family together, and a remorseful somewhat father. If you are wanting Goodfellas or Casino, this isn't it. What this IS is DEFINITELY what "Analyze This" could have been if it was a better movie. There is plenty of action, and the previews don't give away the best of the movie. It is definitely a must see and Smush Approved. www.Facebook.com/SmushPub
The Family That Stays Together Slays Together (by zardoz-13)
You cannot really appreciate "The Family" unless you've seen Robert De Niro's gangster movies. The Oscar winning "Raging Bull" actor mobbed up in "The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight" 1971 , "Mean Streets" 1973 , "The Godfather, Part II" 1974 , "Once Upon A Time in America" 1984 , "The Untouchables" 1987 , "Goodfellas" 1990 , "Heat" 1995 , and "Casino" 1995 . Later, he spoofed his wise-guy image with the psychological comedies "Analyze This" 1999 and its <more>
lackluster 2002 sequel "Analyze That." Now, De Niro and his "Stardust" co-star Michelle Pfeiffer topline an iconic but ironic epic about a notorious Brooklyn crime family in the Justice Department's Witness Protection Program. "La Femme Nikita" helmer Luc Besson and "Sopranos" scenarist Mike Caleo have adapted French writer Tonino Benacquista's novel "Malavita" with closer than usual fidelity to the source material. A synopsis of Benacquista's book sounds drastically similar to Besson's movie. Of course, minor differences crop up but few of significance. Appropriately enough, "Goodfellas" director Martin Scorsese received credit as an executive producer on "The Family." Not surprisingly, Besson has constructed an entire scene around "Goodfellas" as an obvious homage to Scorsese. After all, aside from Francis Ford Coppola, Scorsese is one of the Godfathers of Mafia movies. In general, "The Family" celebrates mob pictures. The hit men dress in black like those traditional Mafia gunsels hulking and skulking through Scorsese's mob operas. Besson stages the Brooklyn flashbacks of "The Family" with De Niro and his wise-guy cronies in settings reminiscent of those in the crime sagas of Scorsese and Coppola. Happily, the film benefits from this sense of authenticity and atmosphere. You don't so much watch "The Family" as take a whack at it.Despite its laudable source material fidelity and its admiration for all things Mafia, "The Family" may alienate audiences with its audacious synthesis of comedy and violence. Rated R for language, violence and brief sexuality, Besson's film resembles those amoral Euro-trash epics from the 1970s when filmmakers toyed with gritty methods of torture and death. For example, director Tulio Demicheli's "Ricco the Mean Machine" 1973 with Christopher Mitchum boasts some horrific body disposal methods. In "The Family," Besson lets your own imagination fill in what good taste prevents him from depicting without landing an NC-17 rating. This is the kind of crime thriller where innocent bystanders die in the line of gunfire. In traditional Hollywood crime melodramas, only integral characters or their minions involved in the main plot ran the risk of death. Besson crosses this line and several of Giovanna's neighbors suffer the consequences for associating with him.What makes "The Family" relatively entertaining is it focuses as much on the parents as their children as they struggle to fit into French society. Basically, "The Family" is a fish-out-of-water saga. Fish-out-of-water because the protagonists are strangers in a strange land. The action opens with former Mafia chieftain Giovanna Manzoni Robert De Niro , wife Maggie Michelle Pfeiffer of "Married to the Mob" , their 14-year old son Warren John D'Leo and 17-year old daughter Belle Dianna Agron departing from the French Rivera in the dead of night to drive to Normandy. Giovanna is in the Witness Protection Program, and FBI Agent Robert Stansfield a curmudgeonly Tommy Lee Jones of "U.S. Marshals" supervises him. Agents Di Cicco Jimmy Palumbo of "Beer League" and Caputo Domenick Lombardozzi of "S.W.A.T." , maintain around-the-clock surveillance for Stansfield on Giovanna. After they arrive in Normandy, Giovanna decides to masquerade as a writer. Actually, Giovanna has found a portable Brother typewriter, and he is banging out his memoirs, much to Stansfield's chagrin. Rarely do Stansfield and Giovanna see eye-to-eye, and the veteran FBI agent has grown weary of moving the mobster-in-hiding around every three months.Giovanna has been in Witness Protection for about six years, but he behaves as if he were running things for himself. Giovanni's cavalier attitude creates no end of problems for the long-suffering Stanfield. De Niro and Tommy Lee have about four scenes together where they argue with each other through grimaces. Meanwhile, Maggie blows up a market after the employees ridicule her. She is especially upset because nobody in France sells peanut butter. Later, she discovers the drinking water is brown and insists Giovanna resolve the issue. Simultaneously, Warren and Belle find themselves attending a French high school. Belle defends her honor against lusty lads with pimples, while Warren succumbs to a black & blue beating at the hands of the school bullies. Like most of the violence, everything is larger-than-life, so Warren gets the snot beaten out of him. Eventually, everybody pays back everybody who requires pay-back, but in terms of flesh and blood. If this weren't enough, the Mafia figure that Giovanna snitched on, Don Luchese Stan Carp of "The Sopranos" , wants him dead and has assassins scouring Europe for him. "The Family" never runs out of plot.Although "The Family" purports to be funny, Besson doesn't direct it like a laugh-out-loud comedy. Besson's shoot'em up shares little in common with the Steve Martin comedy "My Blue Heaven." The protagonists in "The Family" walk on the wild side, and they do nothing by halves. Most comedies would refrain from the brutal violence that Giovanna and his family resort to without a qualm of conscience. When a smart-aleck plumber disrespects Giovanna, the former mafia chieftain cites Al Capone and brandishes a Louisville slugger. Giovanna's daughter Belle wields a wicked tennis racquet when a quartet of teens invites her to a picnic. Giovanna's torture scenes look downright dreadful. Besson takes into consideration our reaction. Some of the violence that he stages is imaginary. Giovanna imagines what it would be like to shove a glowing barbecue coal down an obnoxious man's throat at a cookout. The performances in "The Family" are excellent, but Michelle Pfeiffer really stands out. Altogether, "The Family" is an immoral but hilarious criminal comedy of errors where the good guys—De Niro and his family—are more villainous than heroic, but the villainy of their enemies far overshadows their own villainy.