The Family Movie Review

Mary Marena

The Family, is about a mafia boss and his family being relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. This movie is a drama and dark comedy, directed by Luc Besson.

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Despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni, his wife Maggie and their children Belle and Warren 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 by Luc Besson.

While the plotline was at times a bit messy and rushed, The Family is worth a few bucks at the movie theatre, and that’s all because of the star-studded cast.

De Niro and Pfeiffer had this incredible chemistry as the mob husband-and-wife duo, with De Niro’s Fred Blake being everything you expect from a mob boss; the wise-guy toughness and the affinity for violence. Pfeiffer brought a fantastic wit as the role of a mob-boss’s wife and all the emotion that a mother should have. They both bring back that feel of old mob movies, while at the same time putting that little modern twist on it.

Of course, Tommy Lee Jones as the gruff CIA agent was fantastic and brought his typical dry-humor and “badassery” to the film. I lost count of how many times he smiled in the movie after zero.

But the biggest surprise of the movie was definitely Agron, who plays the love-struck mob-girl-next-door, and D’Leo, the mini mob- boss-in-training. The fact that Agron can go from an emotional, teenage girl trying to find love and escape from her crazy life, to a cold sadist who beats the living crap out of a girl who takes her pencil case is absolutely incredible. D’Leo has a knack for comedy, but also understood the drama of his role. Their chemistry together was superb. They, for lack of a better term, played a pair of sociopaths very well. In a movie with an A-list veteran cast, Agron and D’Leo absolutely held their own.

The Family is definitely worth a view, especially if you like violence and dark comedy. The banter and wit and chemistry between the cast is impeccable and earns this movie a 7/10 for me. If you like the whole violence and dark humor kind of thing, then this movie is definitely for you also.