The Family

The Family posterThe Family is fine, but ultimately fuhgeddable. Robert De Niro plays Fred Manzoni, a mafia boss with a price on his head for ratting out his friends. Fred and his quirky family – including wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and teenage kids Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo) are placed in the Witness Protection Program – but keeping them out of trouble is no easy task. Old habits die hard and all.

Tommy Lee Jones plays the federal agent in charge of protecting the family and keeping them on the move when Fred’s old mafia cronies get too close. The movie opens with the Manzoni clan relocating to a sleepy town in France, where they attempt to assimilate with neighbors and classmates who aren’t too keen on the arrival of the Americans. They’d be wise to be nicer to all the Manzonis, since the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The kids are kind of kickass.

The Family won’t blow you away – despite being heavily armed. But if you’re in the mood for an offbeat comedy with some decent acting and a few surprises up its sleeve, then it won’t kill you to see it. Or, just wait for the rental. Capiche?

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