"THE FAMILY" from Relativity Media & Europa Corp. opens Fri., Sept. 13, 2013.
DIRECTOR: Luc Besson ("La Femme Nikita", "The Fifth Element", "Angel-A", "The Lady").
The Manzonis, a notorious mafia family, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. While they do their best to fit in, old habits die hard and they soon find themselves handling things the 'family' way.
It's hard to describe a film that is the best and worst of every mafia movie made in recent years. This is like watching a greatest 'hits' video--pun intended. It's not bad or terrible or even a reason to stand in a corner till dad gets home. By the same token, it's not good or great or a reason to celebrate at all. If it was directed by anyone else or starred anyone else, it would be the end of civilization. Well, perhaps not that drastic, but still...
Luc Besson has a way of making the mundane seem thrilling and interesting. De Niro and Pfeiffer make a cute couple in an oddly twisted sense of the word. They seem almost normal like Al and Peggy Bundy armed and in France. It's no fall blockbuster but it's fun--more fun than last week's releases. Tommy Lee Jones is also a parody of his role in "The Fugitive" with a slight nod to his role in "Batman Forever". See? Fun.