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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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Luc Besson

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Luc Besson (screenplay), Michael Caleo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Fred Blake / Giovanni Manzoni
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Maggie Blake
Dianna Agron ... Belle Blake
John D'Leo ... Warren Blake
Tommy Lee Jones ... Robert Stansfield
Jimmy Palumbo ... Di Cicco
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Caputo
Stan Carp ... Don Luchese
Vincent Pastore ... Fat Willy
Jon Freda ... Rocco
Michael J. Panichelli Jr. ... Billy the Bug
Paul Borghese ... Albert
Anthony Desio ... Bernie
Ted Arcidi ... Tommy
David Belle ... Mezzo
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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 FBI 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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Dianna Agron is the mobgirl next door See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

13 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Family See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,034,764, 15 September 2013

Gross USA:

$36,918,811

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,418,811
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer appeared in Stardust (2007), New Year's Eve (2011), and The Wizard of Lies (2017). See more »

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The school publishes La Gazette. Serge's wife runs from the house and says: "Serge. They've published your son's poem." He says that he'll read it on the plane. She hands him a folded copy of the paper yet when we see it resting on his chest while he sleeps on the plane. it is uncreased. Pristine. As though it had just come off the presses. See more »

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Fred Blake: [writing his memoirs] I won't spare myself. I'll tell the story without trying to make myself look good. But in this chapter I'll do the opposite and demonstrate to you that if you take a closer look, I'm a good guy. I'll prove it to you in 10 points. A bit like one of Letterman's Late Show Top 10 Lists. So here we go...
Fred Blake: 10: I am always up front. Always.
[sneaks up and shoots a couple of guys in a car]
Fred Blake: Number 9: I never look for a scape goat.
[tied up and laughing at thugs that are beating him up]
Fred Blake:
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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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References Some Came Running (1958) See more »

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So Much Talent, So Little on the Screen
3 October 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Family (2013)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Luc Besson returns to the director's chair for this "comedy" about a former Mafia member (Robert DeNiro) who rats out his friends and must take his family into the Witness Protection Problem. When he starts to write his life story this sets the Mafia boys off to try and track him down and put an end to him and his family. THE FAMILY has so much talent involved that we should have been given a great film but sadly just about everything that you could do right with the concept is turned into a complete disaster and in the end we're left with a really bad and disappointing film. The film is bad on many levels including the fact that this "comedy" simply isn't all that funny. The idea of a Mafia guy having to get used to a small, unknown place should have made for some laughs but the only thing the screenplay offers is him throwing a fit about his water not being clear. We get some fantasy violence scenes but these aren't funny either. The stuff dealing with the wife (Michelle Pfeiffer), daughter (Dianna Agron) and son (John D'Leo) also add up to very little. This is especially true with the daughter's subplot dealing with her relationship with a teacher. Even worse is the relationship between DeNiro and his FBI guy played by Tommy Lee Jones. I never would have thought these two actors in the same scene could lead to such boredom. The performances are okay but with this much talent you just expect so much more. DeNiro can be a master at comedy but the screenplay just never allows his character to do anything. Agron, as the daughter, certainly steals the picture. What's strong is that this "comedy" doesn't come to life until the end when it turns into a violent thriller. This "thriller" aspect is directed with some style and real energy. Had the comedy scenes been handled this well then we would have been left with a much better film. The entire film has an uneven mix and in the end it's just a complete mess that never pays off.


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