The Manzonis are an infamous mob family enrolled in the witness protection program. Recently relocated to Normandy, France, the family finds it hard to change their ways and fit in with the local community.
Robert De Niro (Fred/Giovanni), Michelle Pfeiffer (Maggie), Dianna Agron (Belle), John D’Leo (Warren), Tommy Lee Jones (Stansfield), Jimmy Palumbo (Di Cicco), Domenick Lombardozzi (Caputo), Vincent Pastore (Fat Willy).
The Family begins fairly well with a bit of backstory that leaves us wanting to more about the Manzoni family background. As the story continues, we do learn a bit more with the picture finally complete toward the end. Along the way there are some laughs, and some surprises as we find it isn’t just Giovanni who is comfortable living his life outside the law. The film focuses on each member of the family individually, and all aspects of their lives, and keeps things interesting with a mix of action, suspense, and even romance.
Acting was good here with De Niro delivering very nicely and fitting his role well. Pfeiffer interacted well with De Niro bringing good energy to the film. Agron and D’Leo were both very good, fitting their roles well and bringing nice depth to the film with their own perspectives. Jones also did well despite exhibiting lower energy than usual. The remainder of the supporting cast did nicely.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds fit the film and exhibited good attention to detail. Physical effects and stunts had a good, realistic feel throughout. Dialogue was nice with some good, subtle humor thrown in for variety. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.
Overall The Family is an enjoyable, low energy, crime action film with good breadth and depth. Those who enjoy a lighter crime film with a balance of action, drama, and comedy will enjoy this the most.
With violence, foul language, and some sexuality this should be fine for older teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedies, Action Comedies, Action Thrillers, Crime Action & Adventure
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