Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Family’

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(L-R) Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro, Dianna Agron & John D'Leo in "The Family" (credit: Relativity Media)

(L-R) Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro, Dianna Agron & John D’Leo in “The Family” (credit: Relativity Media)


(KCBS) — KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Family”, about a mob family relocated to France as part of the Witness Protection Program.

KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl:


Some Like it Hot, Dick Tracy, Prizzi’s Honor–for a long time movies have combined gangsters with comedy. This latest genre combination stars Robert DeNiro–who has played gangster so often he should be a made man by now– and co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones.

The Family has a good premise: a mob family is relocated to France as part of the Witness Protection Program. DeNiro has trouble giving up his old, vicious ways, as do his violent children and wife. We know Pfeiffer has been Married to the Mob before, but this time she loses her accent and comedy, while Jones phones it in.

There’s no wit or script here, the family’s actions are unbelievable for people in hiding–there are plenty of excuses for murder, torture and gunplay. It’s as if the filmmakers said “hey… we’ll give it a good cast and the rest, forget about it!”

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