The Family


Action / Comedy / Crime / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 29%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 97594


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Robert De Niro as Fred Blake / Giovanni Manzoni
Michelle Pfeiffer as Maggie Blake
Dianna Agron as Belle Blake
Tommy Lee Jones as Robert Stansfield
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814.57 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 51 min
P/S 3 / 65
1.65 GB
23.976 fps
1hr 51 min
P/S 6 / 25

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by realfandangoforever 7 / 10

Comically Violent

Upon second viewing, this film is pretty damn harsh. I didn't quite remember the intensity of the final scenes (they are worth watching alone). Generally light-hearted and almost comedic, this film cranks itself up significantly in the final thirty minutes becoming a serious mafia film. For myself, I found it a somewhat uncomfortable mix of genres. You come to realize this almost loveable, mixed-up, yet loyal family, are actually a bunch of hardcore psychopaths; much like the crew pursuing them. De Niro leads a great cast including an endearing Pfeiffer and Jones. I even liked the FBI guys. I can see myself coming back to enjoy this film every few years. Unlike many of the reviews I have read, in reflection, I really enjoyed this film.

Reviewed by simonconnolly72-467-863881 6 / 10

Frustrating - likeable and unlikeable at once owing to conflicting styles.

You see many a film where you say " Wow, that's a bit coincidental". Then you see this and it goes to a whole new level, and you think the director and writer just think you are stupid and will buy anything. I'm referring to the utterly ridiculous set up of a French village high school newspaper that miraculously makes it's way to a mob boss in a New York penitentiary. Not completely unbelievable, except for the fact that the son of Robert DeNiro who is wanted dead by the mob boss, goes to this school, and just so happens to write an anecdote he remembers when he was a little boy that was said by yep guess who? the mob boss reading it. Added to that the boss reads the one tiny section of the newspaper with the anecdote. And that ruined the film for me.....til the last 20 minutes or so.

The story has much promise but I felt it could have been so much better. The premise is good but sometimes the styles of the film jar. You have thrillers with comic elements and comedies with thriller elements but with this the styles jar. One second you are watching a comedy and the next it's a violent edge of your seat thriller. It maybe extreme as an example but imagine you were watching the French connection and then you had some anchorman humour in.

And here lies a big problem with the film. You are supposed to be on the families side and they do crazy things in a comical style but then next minute the film serious so the things they do then seem violent. Take the daughter Belle for example. In the context of a comedy she's a no nonsense chick who beats the crap out of anyone who upsets her. But then she's a stalker who becomes suicidal and wants to die after a very fleeting romance with an unrequited love. If we are in comedy territory we can get away with it, but when the film gets serious all these things make her seem unhinged. Are we watching a comic character or a serious one? this is an example where the styles don't meld.

DeNiro is ok, but you never really believe he was once a threatening mafioso even though he's played many in the past. Maybe age has softened him, but it seems he just walks through this. It's not terrible or bad, just not the conscientious work and characterisation from his younger years...but then scripts and movies don't offer that as much for an actor. Overall, I found it watchable, the film goes into mainly thriller territory last 20 minutes and is pretty good, but even then comic elements are added which just jar.

Reviewed by areatw 6 / 10

Different mafia themed black comedy

It's easy to get your hopes up for a mafia movie starring Robert De Niro, but anybody looking for the next 'Godfather' or 'Goodfellas' should probably look elsewhere. 'The Family' is best viewed with an open mind or lowered expectations. This isn't your typical mafia movie - it doesn't intend to be, but 'The Family' is decent for what it is.

It does function relatively well as a black comedy. It's not relentlessly funny, but it does have its moments and these seem to come at the right moment. I enjoyed the plot and can't remember seeing anything similar before, it's something completely different to any mafia movie that has come before it. While 'The Family' is nothing special, if you can appreciate it for what it is then there is some enjoyment to be had here.

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