Review Roundup: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer Star in THE FAMILY
THE FAMILY, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, Tommy Lee Jones
THE FAMILY stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, and John D'Leo. The film, directed by Luc Besson and written by Tonino Benacquista (novel), Luc Besson (screenplay) is now in theaters.
The dark action comedy follows a mafia boss and his family who are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni (Robert DeNiro), 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 in this darkly funny film.The Family follows 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.
Let's see what the critics had to say:
Stephen Holden, New York Times
The movie has holes galore. It has abrupt tonal shifts, an incoherent back story and abandoned subplots. It doesn't even try for basic credibility. But buoyed by hot performances, it sustains a zapping electrical energy.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
There's not much to laugh about in Luc Besson's dark comedy "The Family." The plodding, overlong film follows a former mob boss who snitched on associates and wound up overseas in a witness protection program with his wife and kids. But rather than try to assimilate, the clan can't stop resorting to its old ways, which consist mainly of inflicting mayhem on innocents.
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
While De Niro and Pfeiffer make their way through the story's paces well enough, it's actually "Glee's" Agron who makes a surprising impression, sliding from the innocent ingénue to manipulative murderess with ease.Throughout, Besson serves up red meat action with the sweet feel of a confectionary, making his fun, forgettable "The Family" both better than might be expected and still not much of anything at all.