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Watch out for this 'Family'

09-26-the-familyPart Godfather and part Married to the Mob, The Family is not sure what it wants to be. The Blake family has landed in the Witness Protection Program be- cause of threats from mobsters to kill Fred Blake (Robert De Niro), better known to the mob as Giovanni Mazoni.

When the family is shown their new hideout by CIA Agent Standsfield (Tommy Lee Jones), it's clear they've been through this before. While the kids — Belle (Dianna Agron) and her brother Warren (John D’Leo) — gripe about a lack of everything, their mother Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) hops to and puts food on the table very quickly.  Life could be worse; after all, they're in France.

Standsfield and two other agents do their best to keep an eye on the family so they aren't harmed and don't hurt someone else. “There was a time I had it all,” says Fred, who is now the easy one to watch. It's the kids and Belle who are loose canyons.

On one of the first days in town, Belle gets upset when a store makes fun of her because she wants peanut butter. She then plants a bomb near the store. Meanwhile, the kids are taking over at school. The boys get a big surprise when they try to pick up Belle. Warren is in the principals office for theft, bribery and more. He's a chip off the old block for sure.

When the old gang finds out where Fred and his family are located, it's one plane trip until the entire town gets shot up, bodies fall like leaves off a tree, and the kids out maneuver the CIA agents in gun-power skills.

There are plenty of plot holes in this film. That aside, I can't say The Family is really good or bad. Among all the deaths and bloodshed, there are moments of humor. Pfeiffer appears funny throughout. Maybe her prior role in Married to the Mob paid off. Agron and John D’Leo create great characters, and De Niro almost always engages an audience. So fans of these actors might enjoy this film.

Reel Facts

The Family

Relativity Media

Gazette Grade:

for violence, strong language and sexuality

Who Should Go:
fans of these actors

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