Written November 28, 2014
There's little new about the characters in "The Family." DeNiro reprises his sensitive wiseguy from "Analyze This" and Michelle Pfeiffer trots out her on-target but well-worn Mafia wife schtick. You do somewhat like the characters as you see them struggle to adapt to yet another forced move and false life in the Witness Protection program. But while the fairly graphic and over-the-top violence is bearable when the protagonists are defending themselves, the collateral damage is considerable: neighbors shot dead. All the police shot dead. The only fireman in the station, dead. No body minds seeing the Mafia hitmen go down, but how much do you have to hate the French to be okay with killing them off for minor snootiness?
Overall, it's a well-paced comedy with decent action. A bit more graphic that might have been ideal. Outstanding (if incessant) use of the f-word as the keystone of DeNiro's mobster vocabulary. You may not remember it two weeks from now, but it's entertaining.
Written February 06, 2016
Enjoyed the film. Took my 18 year old son and 12 year old daughter. Daughter liked it, son - not so much. A lot of shooting, tons of swearing. Acting is good. Go see it!
Written September 04, 2015
There is a good blend of elements in The Family. I felt like the comedy wasn't overdone, the action played well into it and the romance wasn't all-consuming. There was just enough of everything. Robert de Niro and Tommy Lee Jones played well off of each other, with instances of banter and frustration that build a tense relationship. The Family presents a different take on a traditional mob movie, through the lens of a traitor who is feeling the effects of his actions. The other family members work okay together, and aren't as believable. The son and daughter play their roles well and add some comic asides that build on the father. Overall the movie is decent, and I enjoyed it.
Written August 30, 2015
In my opinion, this movie was a total waste of my time. I guess it just depends on what you expect out of a movie. Good actors/actress's so I thought I's give it a try. If you are into plots where everyone gets blown away you might like it but not for me!
Written November 27, 2015
It's really slow. It doesn't get good until the mob finds the family which is pretty much the last 20 minutes of the movie. DeNiro and Pfeifer are always good in anything they do of course but it was just to slow moving for me.