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The Family, 2013.
Directed by Luc Besson.
A Mafia boss and his family must relocate to France under the FBI's witness protection program. Instructed to keep a low profile, the Manzoni's end up attracting more attention then they want as their old habits rear their ugly heads. Inevitably, chaos ensues as 'The Family' try to tame their violent ways.
Oh dear. That's what you might say when you leave the cinema. It's understandable that you had high hopes for The Family: great cast, fun trailer, good director. But I bet you thought the same about Last Vegas... Full of ridiculous stereotypes and thoroughly unlikeable characters, you should only go and see this if you've seen every other film out at the cinema, are eager for an afternoon nap or just love Robert De Niro. »
- Gary Collinson
Film: "Malavita"; Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Vincent Pastore, Joseph Perrino, Paul Borghese, Jimmy Palumbo and Kresh Navakovic; Director: Luc Besson; Rating: **1/2
Billed as an action comedy and adapted from Tonino Benacquista's novel, director Luc Besson's film suffers from an identity crisis. Released elsewhere as "The Family", here in India, the film is called "Malavita". And if you were to ask, what's in a name? Well...
Well, the film gets its name after the faithful canine, which the family loses in a bloody fight.
But "Malavita" is not the dog's story. Unless it denotes, that every mobster leads a dog's life!
This is the tale of mobster Giovanni. »
- Lohit Reddy
Directed by Luc Besson
The famed French director Luc Besson hasn’t directed a film with a wide American release since the historic bomb The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc in 1999. In the interim, he has written and produced a number of highly successful films including The Transporter, Taken, and District B13, and he’s directed a few French films that haven’t come across the pond, but The Family is his first attempt at directing an English-language film in almost 15 years. He’s still got it to some degree, for The Family is acceptably entertaining, but it’s not even close to Besson’s biggest hits from the past.
The titular family is the Manzoni organized crime clan, who enter into witness protection and became the Blakes: father Fred (Robert de Niro), mother Maggie »
- Mark Young
Box office prognosticators had Insidious Chapter 2 opening to about $20 million this weekend, and boy were they off. The sequel to 2011′s Insidious defied expectations and earned $41 million in it’s opening weekend.
Coming in at number two is The Family, writer/director Luc Besson’s adaptation of Tonino Benacquista’s novel; which managed a respectable $14.5 million. The film stars Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer as a mother and father who must move their mob family to France with the help of the Witness Protection Program.
Last weekend’s number one flick Riddick took a large tumble of 63.1% to finish in third with $7 million for a total domestic take of $31.3 million. Internationally Riddick has amassed »
- Philip Sticco
A favorite cable television series in recent years for me has been USA Network's In Plain Sight about U.S. Marshals charged with relocating and protecting federal witnesses. The dramatization of people who must adjust to a new life with a new identity is engaging and thought provoking. How does a person not only leave behind their friends and relations, but also change their occupation or interests to avoid detection?
Based on by French crime fiction author Tonino Benacquista, writer/director Luc Besson's The Family provides darkly humorous insight of a former Mafioso and his family's existence within a federal witness program. When extortion and illegal activities are all you've known for your entire life, it's not easy to adjust to a different lifestyle -- even in the idyllic setting of the French Riviera or the historic and slower-paced Normandy.
Robert De Niro portrays Fred Blake/Giovanni Manzoni, who »
- Debbie Cerda
Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones revisit some blasts from their pasts in "The Family," a violent action comedy about a mob family in France thanks to the witness protection program.
De Niro does a little "Analyze This" as Giovanni Manzoni, who ratted out his mob pals back in Brooklyn and now has a $20 million price on his head. He is, he narrates, "a nice guy" who just has to control "my sadistic urges" better. He's prone to beating people senseless or to death over things like poor service, "disrespect" and the like. And he's in France.
Pfeiffer tones down her "Married to the Mob" turn as Maggie, the long-suffering wife, moving to yet another town where these people -- "The Blakes," they're called this time -- need to fit in. But her encounters with rude French salesclerks bring out the practicing pyromaniac in her.
In a shocking turn of events that not even the most studied of film scholars could have predicted, Robert De Niro takes on the role of a mobster in Luc Besson’s new action/comedy, The Family, based on the French novel Malavita (published as Badfellas in North America), by Tonino Benacquista.
De Niro gets comfortable playing Gio Manzoni, a nice blend of every other gangster he’s played in his career, only in this case he’s been exiled to France after ratting out his former cronies. As the movie begins we meet Gio and his family arriving in a new village after fleeing their last witness protection location in fear of being discovered and whacked by a sort of mob hit man/P.I. who’s hot on their trail and eager to get his job done.
Gio (now going by Fred Blake), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer »
- Kristal Cooper
It might at first seem lazy to cast Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in “The Family,” about a mobster, his wife and their kids hiding out in witness protection in France. De Niro, after all, has played countless goodfellas over the years, while Pfeiffer was herself married to the mob in the film of the same name, not to mention “Scarface.” It all seems forgivable, however, since writer-director Luc Besson (who adapted Tonino Benacquista’s novel “Malavita” with co-scenarist Michael Caleo) builds on the stunt casting until it culminates in a colossal inside joke that no doubt tickled both the. »
- Alonso Duralde
When properly applied, bad taste can have a wonderfully liberating, palliative effect, and contemporary French cinema has produced few more discerning mainstream vulgarians than Luc Besson. But without any sense of joy in transgression, or real humor behind all the bloody irony, his mafia comedy “The Family” falls flat. Curiously airless, weightless and tonally uncertain, the pic mixes mass murder, dismemberment and rape threats with sappy sentimentality, fish-out-of-water gags and groan-worthy meta-humor, yet very little of it manages to leave any impression. Worth seeing only to catch cast standout Michelle Pfeiffer recapture hints of the knives-out nastiness of her “Scarface” and “Married to the Mob” roles, this Relativity release nonetheless ought to do decent business.
It isn’t that “The Family” doesn’t have any good ideas. In fact, it might have too many. Picking up with a mafia family as they arrive at a creaky house in Normandy — the »
- Andrew Barker
Taunting long-standing stereotypes naturally built into a character archetype that has long brought you success, and has helped build your reputation, can be a risky move for well-established actors. But Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro daringly embraced the bold misunderstandings and confrontations with his latest portrayal of an unrelenting Mafia boss and his unsuspecting neighbors in director Luc Besson’s new action crime comedy, The Family. The actor effortlessly ridicules the ease and comfort his character takes in harming those who have wronged him, but also those characters around him who unquestionably take him at his word that he’s an upstanding citizen.
The Family, which is based on the book Badfellas by Tonino Benacquista, follows former Mafia boss Giovanni Manzoni (Robert De Niro) and his family as they’re relocated to a small town in France. The family is put into the Witness Protection Program, after he turns »
- Karen Benardello
Here’s a new red band trailer for Luc Besson‘s mafia action-comedy,The Family (a.k.a. Malavita). Everybody loves Robert De Niro to move back in the world of gangsters. But this is not quite in the way that many of us were most hoping for. Beside the master of the art of dropping f-bombs, Michelle Pfeiffer in another comedy role is a very welcome. The Family comes to theaters September 13th, 2013 and also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, Ricardo Cordero, Dominic Chianese, Domenick Lombardozzi and Vincent Pastore. The script is adapted by Besson and Michael Caleo from the book ‘Badfellas’ authored by Tonino Benacquista. The »
- Nick Martin
The Family has debuted a red band trailer.
Watch the trailer below (Warning: Explicit content):
Based on Tonino Benacquista's book Badfellas, the film centres around a mob family who are taken into witness protection in Normandy.
The family struggles to conceal its true identity even in the idyllic rural setting.
The Family will arrive in the Us on September 20, and opens in the UK on November 8. »
Few actors have mastered the art of dropping f-bombs like Robert De Niro; who, over the course of his acting career, has played many a foul-mouthed psychopath, seasoned gangster and tough guy onscreen (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, etc.). Assuming that no one has already, maybe in the future someone will tally the sheer number of times that De Niro has said… ahem… “fudge” or “forget you” in movies, but he does that nine times all by himself in a newly-unveiled red band trailer for The Family.
The Family, which is based on the book Badfellas authored by Tonino Benacquista, revolves around the members of the Manzoni clan – the patriarch Giovanni (De Niro), matriarch Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), daughter Belle (Dianna Agron) and son Warren (John D’Leo) – who make up a notorious Mafia family. Giovanni eventually cuts a deal with the ...
Click to continue reading ‘The Family’ Red Band »
- Sandy Schaefer
A brand new restricted featurette has landed for director Luc Besson’s mob-centric comedy The Family. It follows rather swiftly on from the first featurette and international posters which arrived last week for the comic crime thriller based on the novel ‘Malavita’ by Tonino Benacquista. The film is led by Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as the husband and wife of a notorious mafia family named The Manzoni’s, who, along with their two teenage children (Dianna Agron and John D’Leo), are forced into the witness protection programme in Normandy. They’re the continuing pain in the butt for Special Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) as they struggle to leave their violent lifestyle behind.
If this looks up your street, you can also click on the following links to find the first three clips, Us character one-sheets and trailer.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
The post Red-Band Featurette For Luc Besson »
- Craig Hunter
In the dark action comedy The Family, 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 (Tommy Lee Jones) best efforts to keep them in line, Fred Blake (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children, Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo), 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, in this subversively funny film by Luc Besson.
The Family stars Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, Silver Linings Playbook), and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln, No Country for Old Men), Academy Award nominee Michelle Pfeiffer (Scarface, The Fabulous Baker Boys), Dianna Agron (“Glee,” I Am Number Four »
- Movie Geeks
It’s been 15 years since Luc Besson directed his last genuine Hollywood hit with the enjoyable European sci-fi comedy The Fifth Element. Since then he’s dabbled in writing and producing action mega hits such as Taken and The Transporter franchises, as well as helming more personal projects like The Lady and Angel-a.
Forthcoming crime comedy The Family, based on the novel ‘Malavita’ by Tonino Benacquista, may still see him on French home soil but the film is led by genuine Hollywood royalty with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as the husband and wife of a notorious mafia family named The Manzoni’s, who are forced into the witness protection programme in Normandy when they’re turn snitch. Official synopsis is as follows:
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 the »
- Craig Hunter
Fred and Maggie Blake relocate their family to a sleepy town in France under the Witness Protection Program after ex-Mafia boss (Robert De Niro) snitches on the mob. While adjusting to a new town, Maggie Blake (Michelle Pfeiffer) will stop at nothing to protect her loved ones – even if it involves resorting back to old habits and handling things the “family” way.
The screenplay is written by Luc Besson and Michael Caleo (“The Sopranos,” “Rescue Me”), based on Tonino Benacquista’s novel, Malavita and produced by Ryan Kavanaugh (Limitless) and Virginie Besson-Silla (The Lady, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle »
- Michelle McCue
Watch interview videos with Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, Tommy Lee Jones & John D'Leo for Luc Besson's The Family. Relativity Media sends out the crime comedy on These join the new images, and clips from the film helmed by Luc Besson, who also scripts with Michael Caleo based on the book by Tonino Benacquista. In the dark action comedy The Family, 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 (Jones) best efforts to keep them in line, Fred Blake (De Niro), his wife Maggie (Pfeiffer) and their children, Belle (Agron) »
As we head into the final week of August and out of the summer blockbuster season, 3 must-sees to add to your Fall film list are The Family, Don Jon and Out Of The Furnace. Relativity Media has released brand new images from their latest films.
In the dark action comedy, 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 (Tommy Lee Jones) best efforts to keep them in line, Fred Blake (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children, Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo), can’t help resorting »
- Michelle McCue
After two pretty cool trailers and the latest character posters for Luc Besson‘s dark action comedy The Family (previously Malavita), we finally have more great pics with Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones to add to our little gallery. The movie is set to hit theaters next month, so we better hurry up with this report… Written and directed by Besson, and based on Tonino Benacquista‘s novel Malavita, the movie follows a mafia boss and his family who are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. De Niro plays Fred Manzoni, Pfeiffer...
- Jeanne Standal
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