Thursday, September 19, 2013

Movie Review: The Family

The Family like most family gatherings is a bit of a mess. Deniro and Pfeiffer save an otherwise unremarkable dark comedy.(Share your review and compare with your friends reviews at www.yourmediaworld.com).

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.

Before they even unpack, they’re already up to no good. Giovanni (Robert Deniro) has a body to bury, the local merchant that pissed him off, and Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer)  blows up a grocery store because the proprietor turned her request for peanut butter into a rant about American obesity. The son is running scams at school and Belle (Diana Argon) is the picture of beauty but with a psychotic violent streak beating up classmates left and right.  Their protection detail, Tommy Lee Jones, only makes small appearances to the point where I am asking why is he in the movie at all. While all this is slightly amusing it leaves a lot to be desired.
Of course as the movie unfolds the mob finds them in the most illogical random way and fighting ensues with the brunt of the killing coming from the kids. I was disappointed in Pfeifer’s character who comes off like such a badass throughout the entire movie and then essentially is cowering in the corner when attacked.

If it wasn’t for Deniro and Pfeifer the movie wouldn’t be worth your time luckily their skills bring this move to 2.5 stars.
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