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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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Storyline

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 best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D'Leo) can't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the "family" way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. Chaos ensues as old scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings. Written by Minoesch

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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,034,764 (USA) (13 September 2013)

Gross:

$36,917,730 (USA) (3 January 2014)
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Although Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer had both appeared in Stardust (2007) and New Year's Eve (2011), they had shared no scenes. When Pfeiffer received the script for The Family, she told her agent that if she had no scenes with DeNiro she wouldn't even read it. See more »

Goofs

A high school student is said to be in the 12th grade. There is no such thing in the French system. In fact, the school doesn't remotely resemble a French high school. In its academics, social structure, cafeteria and even a school paper, it is merely an American high school transplanted to rural France. See more »

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Robert Stansfield: You're not a writer, Fred.
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Robert Stansfield: You're just a mean son-of-a-bitch that managed to save his own ass.
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At the beginning, the words "father", "mother", "son" and "daughter" are shown and intersected. Some of the letters vanish, and the remaining ones spell the film's title. See more »

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Head of the Family
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Cool black comedy - don't expect anything artful or serious and you're in for a fun ride.
6 December 2013 | by (wherever good films play) – See all my reviews

I just watched "The Family" and I for one have had a very good time. This movie is gleefully dark, wickedly funny and offers great acting from all the stars involved, (who really seem to relish their parts). I was shocked when I checked IMDb and found so many comments and reviews from disappointed film fans. How can anyone complain about the violence in this dark comedy and at the same time love films like "Fargo" (or practically anything by the Coen Brothers, for that matter)? I came to the conclusion that the main reason behind all the negative reviews is that people expected something more akin to "Léon", "Goodfellas" or "The Godfather" (where the violence isn't played for laughs), when in fact this is something completely different: This is a black comedy about a group of predators who have to hide among - unbearably arrogant

  • sheep. You can imagine how well that will turn out (for the sheep).


Anyway, I admit that with other actors involved, this would probably just have been an average mob comedy, but with the kind of talent you get here, it's hard not to have a blast. My rating: 7 out of 10.

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