The Family

The Family

DVD - 2013
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A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite Agent Stansfield's best efforts to keep them in line, Fred Blake and his family can't help resorting to old habits by handling their problems the 'family' way. Chaos ensues as their former Mafia cronies try to track them down, and scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings.
"De Niro and Pfeiffer still married to the mob and very funny."--Boston Herald
"...a zapping electrical energy."--New York Times
"...Besson gets the expected laughs, and then some."--Boston Globe
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2013
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD COMEDY FAM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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tenet
May 26, 2018

Rated 4/10. Attempting to mix comedy along with serious gangster action, doesn't work well, in my opinion. Hence, the lower rating.

I think this movie would have much better if it had been a straight-forward comedy. There's some good talent in it, and the plot could have been hilarious.

As it was, one moment you had a funny bit, and in the next, somebody gets killed.

seeing below 'trannyclone's' remark I am moved to comment, why unleash that potent opinion (and so on the mark) on this film?....why, of all targets available to you, do you choose this one? I enjoyed all the acting of the family, I liked that the school bullies got their comeuppance. but it seemed that deniro's character had to kill every townsman he encountered, for the exigency of the plot. saw an interview with Pfeiffer where she said she had been in movies with deniro before, but had never had the pleasure to act in the same scene with him. so I looked especially closely at those scenes in this flick. and I conclude that ms. pffeifer is vastly underrated. Deniro, of course, makes his acting look easy. I bet he could give courses entitled THE ZEN OF ACTING, or somesuch. Similarly, the young woman and young man who play siblings, you should keep an eye on. They're really good. I've seen better looking French villages, though, and Tommy Lee has had much better roles to play.

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hgibbins
Apr 17, 2017

Based on the trailer I expected this to be a comedy, however, while it did have some comedic moments it definitely wasn't a comedy in the traditional sense. Overall the movie was okay, but not one I would recommend to anyone. I expected a lot more from Luc Besson.

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21221018293347
Apr 09, 2016

Good movie.

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firefly5
Apr 09, 2016

Funny, violent, slightly ridiculous and good entertainment. Robert De Niro's acting is wonderful. The rest of the family follows in the father's footsteps.

Quimeras Sep 16, 2015

“The Family” is predictable and ultimately, not very interesting. Perhaps it needed to include more of the family’s background, their lives prior to entering the witness protection program. Also, there’s no clear protagonist; each member vies for the position at one point or another.

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VRMurphy
Jul 21, 2015

Besson, Scorsese, De Niro, Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, all in a thoroughly enjoyable dark comedy.

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0cho
Mar 04, 2015

You need to treat this as a dark comedy and then it’s not so bad. The scene with Goodfellas is brilliant!! Overall an OK movie, worth the watch.

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peasworth
Feb 19, 2015

Comfortable mob based family comedy. DeNiro is great as usual and their is a real funny reference to his earlier movie work that I think you might like.

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TRANNY_CLONES
Jan 18, 2015

If we have a family at all based on love or lust,this is an example of how our elite slave masters would brainwash them to be.That's the real purpose of why they allowed this film to be made and released,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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jimg2000
Jun 15, 2014

Fred, dad: This morning I was worth 20 million dollars. I'm probably worth double that now. I cheated death so many times in my life, I don't even think about it any more. It's like getting caught outside in a storm. You just have to avoid being hit by the lightening.

FBI agent : If I find out that you had anything even remotely to do with this, you're going to go away for a hell of a long time.
Fred: Clam down, I was with *you* all night.
FBI agent: That's the problem, your alibi is too good.

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