The Family

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Robert De Niro plays a character tailor made just for him as a mob boss in the crime comedy film, The Family. When the head of a crime syndicate family named Diovanni Manzni (Robert De Niro) snitches on the mafia he and his family try to disappear into the witness protection program. Diovanni’s name is changed to Fred Blake and special agent Robert Stanfield (Tommy Lee Jones) assists in safely moving the family overseas to a little town near Normandy, France. Unfortunately, things don’t work out when Fred and his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), daughter Belle (Dianna Acron), and son Warren (John b’leo) try to blend in to a small French-speaking town in Europe. (It’s kind of like me trying to blend into an Easter egg hunt) Maggie blows up a grocery store, Belle beats up a guy who makes a pass at her, and Warren sets up the bullies at his high school to take a big fall. Fred has his own issues with the plummer, the mayor, and the president of the local water company, which results in more explosions and hostility from the townspeople. Just when the violence reaches its peak, several gangsters from New Jersey learn where the Blake family is living and come to kill them. This film has a little bit of everything; it’s funny but not hilarious, violent but not bloody, and even a little dramatic but not emotional. The cast is absolutely fabulous with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer showing us why they are two of the best actors of our generation. I was most impressed with Dianna Acron who not only showed some physical acting but also had a small dramatic scene. She became popular from a small role in Glee and I’m sure she will be in many more films. The script really isn’t anything special but when you care about the characters, it’s easy to overlook a run of the mill story. It’s not the funniest comedy of the year, but it is the most entertaining and I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA