Review: The Family

Review 2013 by RD Clark


The Family

Written by: Luc Besson, Michael Caleo — Based on the book by Tonino Benacquista

Directed by: Luc Besson


Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo + about 3/4 of the Mafia playing actors on the planet

Rated R
Running time: 111 mins

A family of Mafioso living in a Witness Protection program in France (must be nice!) struggle to fit into their new life, after being moved again for failure of doing so several times before. In the mean time, the mobsters on whom the Father has snitched are closing in.

De Niro and Pfeiffer are great fun in this and the kids are a great reflection of their parents; these apples fell right under the tree. Tommy Lee Jones is nicely placed as their frustrated WPP overseer and there are enough bad guy bullet-collectors to keep things fairly lively. Trouble is, the pacing is so uneven that it drags from time to time and erupts into violence fairly randomly.

All in all, pretty enjoyable, a good see-once film. No post credit scenes, so when the blood stops flowing you can ease out.

Flytrap rating: 7/10

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