The Family (I) (2013)

R   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller

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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.

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  • Dianna Agron and John D'Leo in The Family (2013)
  • Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in The Family (2013)
  • Robert De Niro and Dianna Agron in The Family (2013)
  • Robert De Niro and John D'Leo in The Family (2013)
  • Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in The Family (2013)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer in The Family (2013)

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5 December 2013 | SnoopyStyle
| Mildly Amusing Occasionally
Mafia boss Giovanni Manzoni (Robert De Niro) and his family are in witness protection, and relocated for the upteempth time to Normandy France. Agent Robert Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) tries desperately to keep this crime family in line.

Director Luc Besson is trying to make a black comedy, but it's only mildly amusing occasionally. It's cute to see Dianna Agron smash a guy with a racket. And it's cool to see Michelle Pfeiffer blowing up the convenience store. Of course, Besson is winking at us as Robert De Niro enjoys a showing of Goodfellas. But it's doesn't translate into a funny comedy. At best, there were a couple of chuckle worthy moments.

The movie probably needs a comedian. Looking around, there isn't one known comedian in the bunch. I can't imagine somebody who thinks the pairing of De Niro and Jones would result in hilarity. They could be funny, but only if paired with a great comedian. De Niro needs Ben Stiller for the Meet the Parents movies, and Billy Crystal for 'Analyze This'. And Grumpy face Jones can really only do the straight man. The Tommy Lee Jones role would be better played by somebody funny. Grumpy face is not that somebody.

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