movies: the family

the family - some call it organized crime, others call it family
They're violent, they're vulgar, they're hiding out and they're not people you would want to get on the wrong side, but they are family.

The Family in fact.

This is a movie that seemingly appeared out of nowhere. I hadn't heard anything about it until a trailer appeared a few weeks back.

A mafia boss (Robert De Niro) and his family are hiding out in France under Witness Protection and have to move to a new town.

And they're clearly not coping all that well with the pressures of staying under the radar, as their first day clearly shows... with arson, assault and bribery on the menu.

For the most part, it's a very black comedy (although the ending veers into action movie territory) and even though the family are not very nice people, I was definitely on their side.

The cast is excellent... De Niro has played this kind of character a number of times before, but this is that character taken to new extreme. Michelle Pfeiffer does a great job as the family matriarch, holding the family together but not being immune to a little revenge and carnage of her own.

And the two kids, played by Dianna Agron and John D'Leo manage to hold their own against the other experienced actors and while both of the characters are pretty much sociopaths, the sibling relationship is actually really sweet and a nice change from the usual combative siblings that tend to appear in movies.

Sure the entire plot hinges on an incredibly coincidental story point, but they even make that work.

The dark nature of the comedy might not appeal to everyone, but I really enjoyed it.

yani's rating: 4 typewriters out of 5

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