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Three clips from The Family starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones

Aug. 26, 2013by: Paul Shirey

THE FAMILY is kind of a sneaky little film as it isn't making a lot of noise when it really should be. You have three of the best actors from the last three decades for one; Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones. You also have Luc Besson, who has finally gotten back behind the camera for this dark action/comedy after spending the last decade mostly scribbling away on high-concept actioners, but neglected directing the genre himself. It's been far too long since the creator of LEON and THE FIFTH ELEMENT has delivered something along those lines and although THE FAMILY is a branch off of those genres, it's nice to see him back in the playground. Today, we have three clips from his latest spread, which tease the possibilities of a really fun, silly, and action-filled jaunt.

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Here's the synopsis:

A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D'Leo) can't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the "family" way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. Chaos ensues as old scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings in this darkly funny film by Luc Besson (Taken, Transporter).

There's always the potential that this could fall flat, but with all the talent involved I'd like to hope for something much more. It doesn't hurt that Glee's Dianna Agron is in this as well, as it certainly adds some hotness factor for those that are concerned with just watching a bunch of older actors chew scenes for 90 minutes. Nope, they tossed in a hot blonde for good measure.

THE FAMILY hits theaters on September 13, 2013.

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Extra Tidbit: My favorite mob movie with Michelle Pfeiffer will always be Jonathan Demme's Married to the Mob. Great flick.

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11:35AM on 01/25/2014

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I don't get the criticism. This movie was very funny and has some great lines. My friends and I watched it on New Year's Eve and we all loved it. Not every movie is intended to be "Casablanca" or "Gone With the Wind". This is a dark comedy that is fun and entertaining with excellent actors and many funny lines. My favorite is when John D'Leo is talking to Dianna Agron about his father and describing how he has twelve different ways to say "fuck" with 12 completely different meanings. That was
I don't get the criticism. This movie was very funny and has some great lines. My friends and I watched it on New Year's Eve and we all loved it. Not every movie is intended to be "Casablanca" or "Gone With the Wind". This is a dark comedy that is fun and entertaining with excellent actors and many funny lines. My favorite is when John D'Leo is talking to Dianna Agron about his father and describing how he has twelve different ways to say "fuck" with 12 completely different meanings. That was classic!.
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7:19PM on 08/26/2013
This film is not making any noise because it looks absolutely fucking awful.
This film is not making any noise because it looks absolutely fucking awful.
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11:59AM on 08/26/2013
A mob action comedy from Luc Besson and starring Robert De Niro? I guess all's not lost for the career of this legend; it looks like a good time. It will be fun to see him do some Adam West-ing in a darker, hopefully sharper comedy like this as opposed to getting stabbed in the nether regions with a syringe by Ben Stiller. And I think De Niro and Pfeiffer would make a great screen couple and it'll be nice to see them reunite after Stardust.
A mob action comedy from Luc Besson and starring Robert De Niro? I guess all's not lost for the career of this legend; it looks like a good time. It will be fun to see him do some Adam West-ing in a darker, hopefully sharper comedy like this as opposed to getting stabbed in the nether regions with a syringe by Ben Stiller. And I think De Niro and Pfeiffer would make a great screen couple and it'll be nice to see them reunite after Stardust.
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11:56AM on 08/26/2013
I had no idea Luc Besson directed this. That just piqued my interest immensely. Everyone should check it his film Angel-A from 2005. It's a great little film with gorgeous cinematography.
I had no idea Luc Besson directed this. That just piqued my interest immensely. Everyone should check it his film Angel-A from 2005. It's a great little film with gorgeous cinematography.
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