The Family

Theatrical Release: September 13, 2013
The Family


An American ex-Mafia boss and his family are transplanted to France through the witness-protection program, but draw the attention of underworld figures who are determined to see them dead in this darkly humorous action comedy starring Robert De Niro, and directed by Luc Besson. Brooklyn kingpin Giovanni Manzoni (De Niro) had it all until the day he became a snitch. Now no matter how many times Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) relocates Giovanni and his family, danger is never far behind. When they blow their cover once again, Giovanni, his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), and their two kids Warren (John D’Leo) and Belle (Dianna Agron) are shipped off to a sleepy village in France. It seems like the perfect place to escape the long arm of the lawless until the criminally-inclined family resorts to their treacherous old ways, once again becoming a blip on the syndicate radar. Now the thugs are moving in, and they mean business. As the Manzonis use their unique set of skills to survive the relentless storm of bullets, bombs, and rockets, the citizens of this peaceful French village suddenly find themselves in the middle of an all-out Mafia war zone.

Dove Review

“The Family” started out as a comedic look into a Mob Family that is in the witness protection program but felt a lot like a classic Martin Scorsese picture (Oh wait a minute, he is credited as an executive producer). When Giovanni Manzoni, his wife and children are moved to a new town, they resort to their old ways of strong arming the locals whenever they don’t get what they want. Bloody violence abounds in the sometimes funny, sometimes not, gangster film. In the end, the Mob finds the family and attempts to exact vengeance on them for snitching. Due to an over-the-top situation involving teenage promiscuity, frequent, excessive language and strong bloody violence, we cannot recommend this film for your family.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Husband/wife kiss; teenage girl seduces college age instructor in school resulting in them having sex (no nudity); a masturbation comment; a man begins to remove his pants to rape a woman but the act doesn't take place.
Language: F-35; A-9; H-6; S-8; SOB-3; B-2; BS-2; G-1; D-1; GD-1; J-1
Violence: Explosion causing death with blood; several people executed at point blank range with lots of blood; shootouts with bloody and deadly results; fertilizer plant explodes; boys beat up a boy; boy retaliates with friends beating up the original gang of boys; girl bludgeons a boy with a tennis racket; girl punches another girl until unconscious for stealing her pencil bag.
Drugs: Smoking of cigarettes; wine with dinner; men drink; teenagers drink beer.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: None


Company: Relativity Media
Writer: Luc Besson & Michael Caleo
Director: Luc Besson
Producer: Ryan Kavanaugh
Genre: Action
Runtime: 111 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe