Written August 01, 2014
It's in English with an American lead cast, but it's a French film, viewing America through French eyes and having fun with it. The treatment of violence, and there is a lot of it, owes a lot Quentin Tarantino. Somehow the mayhem is not cringe-provoking. Think Kill Bill.
Dialogue is NY-NJ mobster all the way, and very funny.
So... it's not for everyone (just look at the mixed reviews) but I found it witty, extremely well acted by a great cast. It's a good story with wonderfully improbable plot twists.
Go see it.
Written September 15, 2013
Not a very strong plot line, writing and dialogue was weak and there were many parts that were simply unrealistic regarding the Dept. of Justice's Witness Protection program.
(In addition, Tommy Lee Jones is much too old to play an 'active' FBI agent.)
Written September 30, 2014
It is hilarious - go see it! Finally kids who are loyal to their parents. Teenagers and adults who 'get it" will like this movie. The plot has a new twist to a familiar predicament and a dynamite ending. Dad De Niro show us a dad who is really just like a dad, except he's a mob guy who is stuck in his ways, is a little OCD and finally finds another side of himself. Mom Michelle Pfeiffer plays her character with relish and you get the idea that she would really like to behave this way. Kudos to her. Comeuppance is the theme of this movie. A rarity today. If you like justice served hot or cold, you will laugh and cheer while you wait for the final payback.
Written October 04, 2014
while the father may have at one time been the big man, it is quickly obvious who is in control of this family.
a funny story told from a different twist. well worth the visit to the theater, although i'm not sure where in france it is happening... but i know the town will be glad.....
Written September 21, 2014
I would not recommend this movie. It was not at all plausible in any way. What a waste of the talents of the principle players. If it was supposed to be funny it wasn't. If it was supposed to be serious it missed the mark.