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
The Family is a mediocre movie with an averagely written storyline and a mostly terrific cast. The performances are what really hold it together, keeping it modestly entertaining, Robert De Niro plays a really intriguing character who had a great droll personality, Michelle Pfeiffer shines as his wife and his scenes with Tommy Lee Jones are my favourite, seeing the two of them acting together was a pleasure. I did not enjoy the teenagers storyline, it was very typical teen comedy, as we see a relationship develop between De Niro's daughter and her math teacher, it was poor and easily could have been done just as effectively in twenty minutes on a television series. As for the main plot, though there were certain scenes I really liked, such as the Top 10 and the interview, it lacks originality, there is nothing here we have not seen before, and it feels as if they are aware of that, it makes no attempts to be different or to stand out in any way, which every movie should. It has its moments, but The Family misses more times than it hits, and I would say it is better off avoided.
The heads of a Mafia family move to France under a Witness Protection Program.
Best Performance: Robert De Niro
Worst Performance: Dianna Agron
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