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The Family (2013)

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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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... Fred Blake / Giovanni Manzoni
... Maggie Blake
... Belle Blake
... Warren Blake
... Robert Stansfield
... Di Cicco
... Caputo
... Don Luchese
... Fat Willy
... Rocco
... Billy the Bug
... Albert
... Bernie
... Tommy
... Mezzo
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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 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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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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

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13 September 2013 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,034,764, 15 September 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,918,811

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,418,811
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After beating up the plumber, Robert De Niro's character quotes a line by Al Capone: "You can get further with a kind word and a gun, than you can with just a kind word." This same line is said by De Niro when he played Al Capone in The Untouchables (1987). See more »

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In the movie, the personnel guarding the family are FBI agents. In actuality, the Witness Security Program is operated by the U.S. Marshalls Service, not the FBI. See more »

Quotes

Bernie: [finding her hiding place] Hey, Maggie.
Maggie Blake: Hey, Bernie.
Bernie: It's good to see you again.
Maggie Blake: The feeling's not mutual, Bernie.
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Crazy Credits

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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References Some Came Running (1958) See more »

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Life or Death
Written by Jono Brown, Jeff Kollman
Ed. X Ray Dog - K Musik
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It's brutally funny.
12 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

"Like Al Capone said, asking polite with a gun in your hand is better than asking polite with nothing." Giovanni

Family values in The Family are not your father's values unless, like me, your grandfather ran a numbers business in the basement of his barbershop. All of Kodak Park enjoyed that true color.

The Giovanni Manzoni/Fred Blake (Robert De Niro) family has a paterfamilias who is a notorious Mafia don in the FBI witness protection plan. (De Niro as a mobster is the fall's most unimaginative casting but he's funny.) His values are ratting on his fellow Mafiosi to save his legal hide, forcing him to hide with a $20 million reward dogging him. The family's love for each other is unconditional and treats challenges with a baseball bat rather than diplomacy. If a Frenchman disrespects Americans, he might find his supermarket in flames.

If this sounds like a story to turn the nuns' heads completely around, don't worry; it's ultra "black comedy," equal parts Italian-American gangster satire and laughable domestic shenanigans. That midway in the film Fred gets to speak on the merits of GoodFellas before a French crowd in Normandy is one of the nice meta-critical-comedic turns followed by carnage we've come to expect from Mob films. It's pretty much territory owned by Scorsese and De Niro. Additionally, the use of the "f" word has never been so deftly played in a comedy.

Besides the joy of seeing De Niro have a good time with the many tough characters he has played in his career, you get to see Tommy Lee Jones play a gruff FBI agent, Robert Stansfield, who can trade barbs with his charge, Fred, who has such a propensity for violence (he beats up the only plumber within 20 miles of town) that Fred is a full time job for Robert. If Jones's face can't scare Fred into being a good boy, then the threat of losing witness protection does the trick.

Directed with wicked tongue in cheek by La Femme Nikita's stylish Luc Besson, The Family sports an accomplished supporting cast: Michelle Pfeiffer as mom Maggie is gritty Brooklyn with her famous beauty well preserved. The two kids played by Diana Argon and John D'Leo are spot on sweetly dangerous as you might expect.

It's all in GoodFellas fun, a mildly amusing and unusual story that beats many mainstream comedies this year.


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